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ELSA (ELL-suh)

1. A lioness written about in “Born Free”

2. Elsa Lanchester: British-born American character actress

3. Elsa Schiaparelli: Italian fashion designer

Common clues: “Born Free” lioness; Actress Lanchester; Schiaparelli of fashion; Film feline; Designer Schiaparelli; Lanchester of the "Bride of Frankenstein”

Crossword puzzle frequency: 4 times a year

Frequency in English language: 36165 / 86800

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Elsa the Lioness (1956-January 24 1961) was a female lion raised by game warden George Adamson and his wife Joy Adamson (1910-1980) in Kenya. Elsa was a mild domesticated pet that had later been taught to hunt and live in the wild. One day she brought home three cubs of her own. She died early of babesia, a blood disease rare to cats. Her amazing life was perpetuated in Joy Adamson's book Born Free and "Living Free", both of which were made into movies.

Virginia McKenna & Elsa (stand-in)

Elsa Lanchester (October 28, 1902-December 26, 1986), was a British-born American character actress, perhaps best-known as the long-suffering wife of Charles Laughton. Her birth name was Elizabeth Sullivan.

Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in "The Bride of Frankenstein"

Lanchester married Laughton in 1929, and one of her first screen appearances was opposite him in The Private Life of Henry VIII (as a highly comical Anne of Cleves). This and other appearances in British films helped her gain the title role in Bride of Frankenstein (1935). She continued to appear with her husband, for example in Rembrandt (1936), but never made a name as a female lead, mainly due to her lack of conventional beauty.

Following Laughton's death in 1962, Lanchester continued to act, making occasional film appearances such as the departing nanny, Katie Nanna, in the opening scenes of Mary Poppins, and a sleuth in the 1976 Agatha Christie spoof, Murder by Death.

Elsa Schiaparelli (September 10, 1890 – November 13, 1973) was an influential Italian fashion designer. Along with Coco Chanel, she dominated fashion between the two World Wars.[1] Starting with knitwear, her designs were heavily influenced by Surrealists like her collaborator Salvador Dali. However unlike Chanel she never adapted to the changes in fashion after WWII and her business closed in 1954.

On the cover of Time magazine, August 13, 1934.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Elsa the lioness", Elsa Schiaparelli, and Elsa Lanchester”.

ELSA (525) 73 Tu- >1 09 "Born Free" lioness ELSE

43 Tu+ >1 08 Actress Lanchester

28 We+ >1 03 Designer Schiaparelli

22 We >1 07 Lohengrin's love

14 Tu+ >1 08 Literary lioness

12 Th >1 07 Jewelry designer Peretti

11 Th- >1 08 Film feline

11 We+ CSy 09 Lanchester of "The Bride of Frankenstein"

10 >1 08 "Lohengrin" lady

9 Mo+ >1 07 Lanchester or Maxwell

9 We+ >1 07 Socialite Maxwell

8 We- >1 05 "Lohengrin" heroine

8 Mo >1 08 Lanchester of film

8 Th >1 09 Supermodel Benitez

7 Tu >1 00 "Lohengrin" soprano

7 Tu+ >1 06 Hostess Maxwell

7 Th >1 99 Lionized lioness

7 Tu+ >1 09 Movie lioness

5 We+ >1 05 "Born Free" lion

5 Th+ LAT 03 Adamson lioness

5 We+ >1 03 Born Free lion

5 We- >1 06 Schiaparelli of fashion

4 Tu+ >1 08 "Lohengrin" lass

4 Th+ >1 00 Actress Martinelli

4 Th WaP 07 Adamson's cat