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Actress and dancer, Carla Laemmle passes away at age 104

Dancer and actress, Carla Laemmle passed away at age 104
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The LA Times reported on June 13, that actress and dancer Carla Laemmle has passed away Thursday night at her home in Los Angeles. Laemmle was a 104.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1909 in Chicago, and moved to Los Angeles in the early 1920s. She was the niece of Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Studios.

She starred in a few movies like the 1925 horror film, "The Phantom of the Opera," the 1927 movies, "Topsy and Eva," and Uncle Tom's Cabin," and in the 1931 vampire film, "Dracula," where she spoke the first lines in the movie.

She came out of retirement of acting in 2001 for the movie, "The Vampire Hunters Club." She played the character known as the Elder Vampire.

Carla also did many documentaries, where she would talked about the Universal horror movies, and about the early day of the studio. Some of those documentaries were called, "The Road to Dracula," "Universal Horror," and "The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked."

Carla Laemmle was noted as being one of the last links to the silent era and many of the early Universal horror films.