Charles Laughton (1899-1962) was a
theater and film actor, radio personality, and public performer. The collection consists of
photographs, publicity materials, press clippings, correspondence, radio and theatre
scripts, screenplays, assorted readings, and miscellaneous items.
Charles Laughton was born July 1, 1899 in Scarborough, England to hotel proprietors Robert
and Eliza Laughton. He attended the public Jesuit school Stonyhurst College and enlisted
into the army during the First World War in 1917. In 1924, Laughton enrolled in the Royal
Academy of Dramatic Art to study acting and drama. His performances earned him much respect
and admiration, and soon Laughton was starring in many professional theatrical and film
productions in London. In 1927, Laughton met the actress Elsa Lanchester. They were married
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