Born Rebecca Isabelle "Carla" Laemmle on October 20, 1909. Her parents were Joseph Laemmle and Carrie Belle Laemmle. She was the niece of Univeral Pictures Studio Founder Carl Laemmle.
Carla's first movie was "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925) with the immortal Lon Chaney, in this she played a ballet dancer. Carla had a small role in the classic "Dracula" (1931) with Bela Lugosi, she \ was the first person to speak in this film.
Carla was in a few films all being small roles, in the 1920's & 1930's she came out of retirememt in 2001 to play and Elderly Vampire in "The Vampire Hunters Club" and then proceeded to do 4 more movies in 2014. In all Carla did 16 movies and 18 Documenteries. A nice career for not really pursuing acting.
Carla co-authored a book about her life growing up at Universal Studios lot from 1921 until 1937. The book is called "Growing Up With Monsters: My Times at Universal Studios in Rhymes" co-written with Daniel Kinske and illustrated by Jack Davis and Hermann Mejia, foreword by Ray Bradbury.
She never married and had no children. Carla passed away at the age of 104 on June 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is buried at Home of Peace Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Laemmle in 1999, such a sweet and easy to talk to lady. My Wife, Daughter and I were able to speak with her for a short time and get an autograph from her. She was very pleasant, soft spoken and genuine. She seemed to really care about the fans that enjoyed seeing her. A very nice lady that will be missed.