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Gloria Holden

Gloria Holden
Holden in Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Born Gloria Anna Holden
(1903-09-05)5 September 1903
London, England, UK
Died 22 March 1991(1991-03-22) (aged 87)
Redlands, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1931–1958
Spouse(s) Harry Dawson Reynolds (1921-19??); Harold A. Winston (1932-1937); William Hoyt (1944–1991; her death); 1 son (Christopher Hoyt (born 1944 – died 1970)

Gloria Anna Holden (September 5, 1903 – March 22, 1991) was an American film actress, best known for her role as Dracula's Daughter.


  • Early life 1
  • Theatre 2
  • Films 3
  • Radio 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • Sources 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Born in England, Gloria Holden emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Her mother Eska (née Bergmann) was German.[1] She attended school in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and later studied at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


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 in As Husbands Go at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway, 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.


She may be best remembered for two roles in her long career, that of Mme. Zola in The Man Without a Country (1937). The Technicolor short co-starred John Litel and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Other films in which she appeared include:


Holden played a non-singing Julie La Verne on the 1940 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Show Boat, based on the 1936 film version.[2]

Personal life

She married Harry D. Reynolds in 1921 & later divorced. She married Harold A. Winston on December 17, 1932. They were divorced December 2, 1937. In 1944, she married her third husband, William Hoyt, to whom she remained married until her death. They had one son, Christopher Hoyt (born 1944 – died in an automobile accident 1970).

She died in March 1991 in Redlands, California from a heart attack, aged 87, and is buried in the city's Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ "Genealogy". Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Profile at
  3. ^ Gloria Holden at Find a Grave


  • The New York Times, "In The Summer Spotlight", June 14, 1931, p. X3.
  • New York Times, "Theatrical Notes", August 27, 1932, p. 13.
  • New York Times, "16 New Plays Open In Byways Tonight", August 14, 1933, p. 18.
  • New York Times, "Theatrical Notes", January 27, 1934, p. 8.
  • New York Times, "Listing The Week's New Shows", July 21, 1935, p. X1.
  • Zanesville Signal, "Liberty Horror Film", June 23, 1936, p. 11.
  • Los Angeles Times, "New Film Productions Started In Last Week". February 2, 1936, p. C1.
  • Los Angeles Times, "The Pageant of The Film World", July 14, 1937, p. 13.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Around And About In Hollywood", October 4, 1937, p. A9
  • Los Angeles Times, "Town Called Hollywood", August 21, 1938, p. C1.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Troupe Treks To Modesto Location", November 11, 1938, p. 10.
  • Los Angeles Times, "Jap Treachery Background of Screen Drama", September 11, 1943, p. 7.

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