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Holden`s early stage work included small parts in plays such as The Royal Family, in which she spoke four lines playing a nurse. She was an understudy to Mary Ellis in Children of Darkness, and had a minor role in The Ferguson Family. She succeeded Lilly Cahill as the feminine lead in As Husbands Go at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway (Manhattan), in June 1931.
In August 1932, Holden was part of the cast of Manhattan Melody, at the Longacre Theatre. The Lawrence Hazard play, adapted by L. Lawrence Weber, also featured Helen Lowell, Minnie Dupree, and William Corbett as players. She was the leading lady in Survivor (1933), written by D.L. James. Holden was among the cast members in Memory (1933), a Myron Fagan play.
The western drama, The Long Frontier (1935), was presented at the Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, Connecticut. Nance O`Neil headed a cast which included Holden, Alan Bunce, and Claire Carleton.
She may be best remembered for two roles in her long career, that of Mme. Zola in The Life of Emile Zola (1937), and her "exotic" depiction of the title role in Dracula`s Daughter (1936).
In July 1937, Holden was assigned to play the character of Marian Morgan in The Man Without a Country (1937). The Technicolor short co-starred John Litel and was nominated for an Academy Award.
In the Warner Bros. production, Dodge City (1939), Holden played the part of the aunt of Olivia de Havilland.
In the Pearl Harbor-themed Behind The Rising Sun (1943), Holden portrays Sara Braden and plays alongside of Robert Ryan and Margo.
Gloria Holden accumulated film credits throughout the 1940s and 1950s, including films such as The Hucksters (1947), Killer McCoy (1947), Precious Waters (1948), A Kiss for Corliss (1949), and The Eddy Duchin Story (1956). Her last roles came in 1958, when she played in This Happy Feeling and Auntie Mame.
She died in 1991 in Redlands, California, USA, from a heart attack, aged 82.
Claim to Fame
Dracula's Daughter, The Life of Emile Zola
Glen Corbett (aka Lawrence Holden) (son) (actor), Adrienne Ellis (stepdaughter) (actress), Laurie Holden (grandaughter) (actress), Christopher Holden (grandson) (actor, Assistant Director)
Gloria Anna Holden (September 5, 1903 – March 22, 1991) was an American film actress, best known for her role as Dracula's Daughter.
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