Dolores Fuller (born 1923) is an American actress and songwriter best known as the one-time girlfriend of the low-budget film director Edward D. Wood, Jr. She played the protagonist's girlfriend in Glen or Glenda, co-starred in Wood's Jail Bait, and had a minor role in Bride of the Monster. Later, Elvis Presley recorded a number of her songs written for his films.
According to Fuller, the female lead in Bride of the Monster was written for Fuller but Wood gave it to Loretta King instead . King denied the allegation.
In August 1954, Fuller was cast in Wood's The Vampire's Tomb, to star Bela Lugosi. Frank Yaconelli was named as her co-star and 'comic killer'. The film was never made. She ended up making a cameo appearance in Bride of the Monster (1956), also with Lugosi. Fuller hosted a benefit for Lugosi which preceded the showing of Bride of the Atom (early working title of Bride of the Monster) on May 11, 1955. A cocktail party was held at the Gardens Restaurant at 4311 Magnolia Avenue in Burbank, California. Vampira attended and was escorted by Paul Marco. A single screening of the film was presented at the Hollywood Paramount.
According to Fuller, as quoted in Nightmare of Ecstasy, she first met Ed Wood when she went to a casting call with a friend for a movie he was supposed to direct called Behind Locked Doors. She became his girlfriend shortly thereafter and began acting in his films.
Her movie career included a bit part in It Happened One Night (1934) and roles in Outlaw Women (1952), Glen or Glenda (1953), Body Beautiful (1953), The Blue Gardenia (1953), Count the Hours (1953), Mesa of Lost Women (1953), College Capers (1954), Jail Bait (1954), The Raid (1954), This Is My Love (1954), The Opposite Sex (1956), The Ironbound Vampire (1997), and Dimensions in Fear (1998).
Television performer and songwriter
Fuller had already had earlier experience on television in Queen for a Day and The Dinah Shore Show. As Fuller remembers, she was the one "putting bread on the table." Another quote from her : "I had a size four and a half foot, so I modeled the slippers in an artist's short smock."
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