Dolores Fuller, Ed Wood's angora-wearing muse, dead

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Dolores Fuller, the muse to the “worst director of all-time” Ed Wood, passed away on Monday from complications of a stroke, according to the New York Times. She was 88. Fuller had been a small-time television actress when she answered a casting call from an unknown director in the early 1950s. Wood was immediately smitten by her beauty — and her angora sweater — and the couple went on to live together for four years, during which the cross-dressing filmmaker turned his fetish into the film, Glen or Glenda. “The first time I saw the whole film, I wanted to crawl under 
the seat,” Fuller, who hadn’t been allowed to read the entire script, recalled to the Kansas City Star in 1994. “I wasn’t crazy about our private life
 becoming public.”

Wood and Fuller eventually split up, after Wood gave the female lead in 1955’s Bride of the Monster to the wealthy Loretta King in order to secure financing. Fuller went to New York and began a more successful second career as a songwriter, penning songs for Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, and Nat King Cole.

In 1994, Wood and his collection of misfits finally received the recognition he always thought they deserved when Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaborated on Ed Wood, a tender black-and-white biopic that won Martin Landau an Oscar for his performance as Bela Lugosi and featured Sarah Jessica Parker as Fuller. “Ed always said he’d make me a star,” Fuller, said that year. “I just didn’t realize it would take 42 years. “

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  • Mr. Holloway

    “Ed Wood” is still my favorite Tim Burton flick (with “Big Fish” a close second). RIP.

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    • Mrs.Dolly

      Sarah Jessica Parker.
      What a b!+ch.

      • GH

        No kidding! I’ve never like Sarah Jessica Parker and now Dolores’ comments have validated my thinking.

      • Lisa

        I agree! I had no idea she was REALLY like that. What makes her think she’s a “good” actress….give me a break and get over yourself honey.

      • sarah d

        If you watch the interview she talks about how bad she felt about saying that Fuller was the worst actress ever. Also, Fuller left out the part when she actually insulted Parker (maybe, deservedly).

    • sakara

      johnny depp and tim burton are both worse than the real ed wood ever was.

      • Ethan

        It’s not even a compliment to either Depp or Burton to say that that’s just not true, but that’s just not true.

      • Stephanie

        Hey, quit picking on Johnny Depp and Tim Burton or I’ll jump on you like you’re a trampoline!

  • Charley

    Ed Wood ia my favorite Johnny Depp role.

  • Rebeccaisaloser

    love Ed Wood the movie, the guy should be pretty unique also.
    One of Depp best role.

  • harry

    Thank you for the memories Dolores R.I.P.

  • DJ

    “Ed Wood” is one of the funniest films of all-time. And it is also Johnny Depp’s best performance as well.

  • pjmarxen

    Where is my pink sweater? I can’t seem to find my clothes anymore.

  • The Half Baked Lunatic

    Yep, gotta agree that Tim Burton’s portrayal of Ed Wood is better than anything he did himself! Rest in peace, Delores, I’m sorry that this is how you will be remembered!

    • Jo

      I get the feeling she didn’t mind. Was in fact pleased.

      • Joyce S

        I couldn’t think of a better way to remember Dolores. RIP

  • Kelly

    Ed Wood is my absolute favorite movie. It was Depp’s best performance by far. RIP Dolores.

  • Daniel P.

    “Ed Wood” is a GREAT film. Johnny Depp is a GREAT actor, and the original “Glen Or Glenda” really wasn’t a bad movie for it’s time.

  • Jo

    A real classic all around. Johnny was great, and though I don’t care for for Jessica, she held her own, Martin of course,was brilliant. Bill is great at quirky roles.

  • Matt

    She was soooo much better looking than Sarah Jessica Parker.

    • Roberto

      What do you have against horses?

    • Deskboy

      Even during that interview, hands down way better looking than SJP. Gees, Broderick what do you see in her? Are you gay or something?

  • DreamyK

    Great movie. RIP Dolores.

  • John

    Ed Wood was a classic, but Martin Landau stole the show. His Bella Lugosi was priceless.

    • Andrew

      Pull ze string! PULL ze string!!

  • brokenteeth

    They don’t make em like her anymore.

    • wjw

      wish they did… I’m smitten too.

  • JG

    Bummer, when the must-be-seen-to-be-believed, super-craptacular “Glen or Glenda”, is what you’re remembered for. Somewhere in an alternate universe, the movie is a masterpiece, and Dolores got her first Oscar for it.

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