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Bela Lugosi (1882 - 1956)
Related: Dracula - horror film
Bela Lugosi as Dracula
Bela Lugosi as Dracula
Béla Lugosi was the stage name of actor Béla Ferenc Dezs? Blaskó (October 20, 1882–August 16, 1956). He was born in Lugos, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), the youngest of four children of a banker.
Lugosi started his acting career on the stage in Europe in several Shakespearean plays. He however, became most notably known for his portrayal of Dracula in a stage production of Bram Stoker's classic vampire story. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bela_Lugosi [May 2005]
Bela Lugosi's Dead (1979) - Bauhaus
Bauhaus's debut single Bela Lugosi's Dead in late 1979 is considered to be the gothic anthem that sparked several people to follow in their gothic footsteps. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_rock#First_generation_.28c._1979.26ndash.3Bc._1985.29 [May 2005]
Bauhaus's debut single, "Bela Lugosi's Dead", was released in August 1979. Over nine minutes long and recorded "live in the studio" in a single take, it did not enter the UK pop charts, but remained on sale for many years thereafter. By far their most famous work, its minimalist, free-form nature evoked a mixture of The Doors, early Pink Floyd and experimental Krautrock bands such as Can and Neu!. The song was used to score the first ten minutes of the 1983 Tony Scott vampire film "The Hunger". --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus_%28band%29 [May 2005]
Vampire clichés include a long black cape, slick black hair, and an Eastern European accent. (The most famous, Bela Lugosi's was Hungarian.) --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clich%E9 [May 2005]
Ed Wood Jr.
A number of has-been celebrities were involved in the most iconic films of Wood's career. Bela Lugosi was worshiped by movie fans for his performances in White Zombie and Dracula, but became an alcoholic wash-out when Hollywood decided they'd had enough of his genre movies. Lugosi was given a second chance by Wood and starred in his best and most famous pictures. Some suggest that Wood exploited Lugosi's fame, which he probably did to an extent, but most documents and interviews with other Wood alumni suggest that the two of them were good friends and that Wood helped Lugosi through the worst days of his depression and morphine addiction. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Wood%2C_Jr. [May 2005]
Ed Wood (1994) - Tim Burton
Ed Wood, directed by Tim Burton, stars Johnny Depp as the transvestite cult movie maker Edward D. Wood Jr. The film, shot in black and white, was made in 1994.
The film focuses on the part in Ed's life where he made his best-known films, and also where he met Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau) who starred as Dracula in the film of the same name. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Wood_%28movie%29 [May 2005]
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