This Day in Horror: Happy Birthday Anne Gwynne
Born on this day in 1918: Anne Gwynne
Gwynne is considered by some to be an early scream queen. Under contract with Universal Studios, she appeared in a number of genres, including westerns, film noir, comedies, and, of course, horror.
Her first horror film was Black Friday, in which Boris Karloff plays a scientist whose friend, a professor, is hit by a car. In order to save his life, he implants him with a portion of the brain of a gangster, and the professor develops some odd behaviors. Gwynne played Karloff’s daughter. She also appeared in 1941’s The Black Cat, comedic horror film; The Strange Case of Doctor Rx, about a serial killer who murders those who have been acquitted of murder; Weird Woman, about a woman who believes in voodoo; and House of Frankenstein, with appearances by a mad scientist, the Wolf Man, Dracula, a hunchback, and Frankenstein’s monster.
Over her career, Gwynne starred with some of the legends of horror, including Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney Jr. Fun fact: her grandson is actor Chris Pine.