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Silent film actress Carla Laemmle dies at 104

By Kyle Johnson,

One of the last surviving silent film actors, Carla Laemmle, passed away on Thursday at the age of 104 at her Los Angeles home.

Rosemary Hilb, Laemmle's great niece, said that she had been in excellent health, the Los Angeles Times reports, "Her heart just stopped."

Laemmle moved to Los Angeles in the 1920s and lived with her uncle, Carl Laemmle, who founded Universal Studios, on the movie lot for years, until he was forced to sell in the 1930s.

In 1925, she snagged her first role in The Phantom of the Opera and in 1931 was in Dracula, where she got to say the film's opening line, "Among the rugged peaks that frown down upon the Borgo Pass are found crumbling castles of a bygone age..."

She said in a 2012 interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she enjoyed living on set and since her birthday was near Halloween, she would have parties that celebrated both, using many Universal monsters.

She appeared in several other films during between the 1920s and 1930s, with the last one in 1939, On Your Toes, which was her last acting credit until 2010's Pooltime.

 
 

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