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    The Bela Lugosi Funeral Book and Pallbearers Card with a Custom Leather Case. On August 18, 1956, Utter McKinley's Strother Hollywood Mortuary hosted the funeral of Bela Lugosi, the cinema's legendary Count Dracula. Lugosi had fallen-in-flames as few stars have before or since, cursed by alcoholism, drug addiction, marital miseries, near-poverty and a haunting fear of death itself. Yet, in his typical and touching passion, Lugosi went to his grave as a star - laid out, as he had wished, in his Dracula cape, tuxedo and medallion. It was a morbidly poetic flourish that blended legend, fantasy and reality - a touching finale to Lugosi's life and a powerful part of his mythos. Now, on the 50th anniversary of Bela Lugosi's demise, Heritage proudly offers Lugosi's funeral book, signed by the mourners who attended his wake - a number of them colorful key players in Lugosi legend and lore. There's Edward D. Wood, Jr., director of Lugosi's Glen or Glenda (1953), Bride of the Monster (1955) and the infamous "Worst Film of All Time" Plan 9 from Outer Space , released after Lugosi's death in 1959. (Wood, of course, was the subject of the 1994 film Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp in the title role and Martin Landau in his Oscar-winning portrayal of Lugosi, and the film dramatized Lugosi's funeral and burial in his cape.) There's Tor Johnson, the bald, behemothic horror cult figure of such Wood films as Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 from Outer Space, who signed both his wife's name and his own - adding after his signature "Lobo," his role in Bride of the Monster. (Johnson, as Lugosi's widow remembered, "blubbered like a baby" at the funeral.) Others of the Ed Wood colony include Paul Marco ("Kelton the Cop"), George Weiss (producer of Glen or Glenda), Conrad Brooks ( policeman Jamie in Plan 9... ), Dudley Manlove ("Eros" of Plan 9...), "L. King" (presumably Loretta King, leading lady of Bride of the Monster), Kathleen Wood (Ed's



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    April, 2006
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