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Touring Bela Lugosi's Los Angeles Haunts and Hangouts

Hungarian-born actor Bela Lugosi helped usher in a golden age of horror films and rode the wave for as long as he could. He arrived in Los Angeles by way of New York, where he picked up enough English to get roles (small ones) onstage. His biggest break came in a stage production of Dracula, where his accent and general Hungarianness worked in his favor, and he was later tapped to play the blood-sucking count in Tod Browning's 1931 Dracula film. Lugosi, like so many actors, came to Los Angeles to make it big, but the path to his now legendary status was tumultuous and ultimately tragic. Here is a guide to many of the Los Angeles locations where Lugosi worked, played, lived, and suffered.

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