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The Dracula Society Honorary Life Members

 

Richard Dalby

Literary Editor and Researcher

 

Janina Faye

Actress

 

Sir Christopher Frayling

Professor, Art Historian, Writer, and Broadcaster

 

Mark Gatiss

Actor, Writer, Director, and Producer

 

Clive Leatherdale

Writer, and publisher of Desert Island Books

 

Dr. Elizabeth Miller

Writer and Researcher

 

Caroline Munro

Actress

 

Jonathan Rigby

Actor and Writer

 

Monica Wightman

Founder member of The Dracula Society

 

Jeanne Youngson

Founder of The Vampire Empire

 

Our Late Honorary Life Members

 

Ken Barr

Artist

 

Monty M. Berman

Theatre and Film Costumier

 

John Burton

The Nephew of Hamilton Deane

 

Ivan Butler

Actor, Author, and Playwright

 

Michael Carreras

Producer and Director, managing director at Hammer Films

 

Radu Florescu

Professor and Writer

 

Harry Ludlam

The first biographer of Bram Stoker

 

Alexandru Misiuga

Director of the Bistrita-Nasaud Tourism Office in Romania

 

Raymond T. McNally

Professor and Writer

 

Nicolae Padararu

Founder of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula

 

Vincent Price

Actor

In Memoriam

 

Bruce and Bernard

 

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The Society honours the memory of our Co-Founder Presidents, Bruce Wightman and Bernard Davies, who founded the Dracula Society in October 1973.

 

Bruce died in January 2009, and Bernard in September 2010.

 

The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, with which Bernard was associated for over fifty years, has published an obituary which details his life and work.

 

Sir Christopher Lee

 

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It was with sadness that the Society heard of the death of acting legend Sir Christopher Lee, on June 7th 2015, at the age of 93.

 

The first (and only) President of the Dracula Society, he felt unable to continue in that role for personal reasons soon after accepting it very soon after the Society's foundation, and he was sadly never personally involved with the Society after that.

The Society presidency was never offered to anyone else. After all, who could possibly have followed him?!

 

He always held a place in our hearts of course, for his iconic performances as "The Count" in the long series of Hammer Dracula films, beginning with the very first in 1958, and his many other horror roles, although these were but a fraction of his enormous body of work in films and television for over 60 years.

 

He fought to keep at least some of Bram Stoker's original dialogue in the script whenever he played the part of Count Dracula, and he realised his desire to portray the Count as physically described in the book, which Hammer would not let him do, in a Spanish film production in 1970.

 

He was also a Society Hamilton Deane Award winner, for two very different roles. He won in 2000 for his portrayal of Flay in the television production of Gormenghast, and also for his portrayal of M. R. James in Ghost Stories at Christmas in the same year.

 

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