The court ruled that under California law any rights of publicity, including the right to his image, terminated with Lugosi's death. He was buried in his Dracula costume. Lugosi's final resting place is Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. According to the biography, The Immortal Count: The Life and Films of Bela Lugosi, Lugosi's father, Itsvan, was a prosperous man who left the baking profession in 1883 to set up, with the help of a few partners, a small savings bank in the town of Lugos. He was finally cast in the role of Frankenstein's monster for Universal's Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), but Lugosi's dialogue was edited out after the film was shot, along with the fact that the Monster was blind, leaving his performance featuring outstretched arms seeming enigmatic to audiences.
The role went to Karloff instead, and soon the hollow-cheeked leading man began beating Lugosi out for roles.  In the Hungarian production, directed by István Szabó, Lugosi was played by Ivan Darvas. He was, to moviegoers and followers of 1930s Hollywood, Dracula.
, Late in his life, Bela Lugosi again received star billing in films when the ambitious but financially limited filmmaker Ed Wood, a fan of Lugosi, found him living in obscurity and near-poverty and offered him roles in his films, such as an anonymous narrator in Glen or Glenda (1953) and a Dr. Frankenstein-like mad scientist in Bride of the Monster (1955). This was one of several projects proposed by Wood, including The Phantom Ghoul and Dr. Acula. Historian John McElwee reports, in his 2013 book Showmen, Sell It Hot!, that Bela Lugosi's popularity received a much-needed boost in August 1938, when California theater owner Emil Umann revived Dracula and Frankenstein as a special double feature. He lost even more. There are contradictory reports of Lugosi's attitude toward Karloff, some claiming that he was openly resentful of Karloff's long-term success and ability to gain good roles beyond the horror arena, while others suggested the two actors were — for a time, at least — good friends. Bela Lugosi died in his sleep at about 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 16th, 1956. Lugosi remained in California where he resumed his film work under contract with Fox, appearing in early talkies often as a heavy or an "exotic sheik".
The underpayment was due in part to racism — as a non-native English speaker, Lugosi was often undervalued and taken advantage of — and Lugosi's unwillingness to engage in the age-old art of self-promotion. Following his treatment, Lugosi made one final film, in late 1955, The Black Sleep, for Bel-Air Pictures, which was released in the summer of 1956 through United Artists with a promotional campaign that included several personal appearances.  Lugosi memorized the script for the skit, but became confused on the air when Berle began to ad lib. Lugosi tried to keep busy with stage work, but had to borrow money from the Actors Fund of America to pay hospital bills when his only child, Bela George Lugosi, was born in 1938. The studio then rehired Lugosi to star in new films. After Dracula, the bulk of Lugosi's roles were in monster movies of varying degrees of ridiculousness. Itsvan died when Bela was just 12-years-old, throwing the family fortunes into turmoil. These low-budget thrillers indicate that Lugosi was much less discriminating than Karloff in selecting screen vehicles, but the exposure helped Lugosi financially if not artistically. Following his return to the United States, he was interviewed for television, and reflected wistfully on his typecasting in horror parts: "Now I am the boogie man". In 1933, he married 22-year-old Lillian Arch (1911-1981), the daughter of Hungarian immigrants. As far as we know, he has never risen from it. If you dare... Bela Lugosi grew up in a solidly middle class family in Hungary, the son of a baker-turned-banker. It was his first English-speaking role. He was buried in a Dracula costume, including a cape, but not the ones used in the 1931 film, contrary to popular--but unfounded--rumors. Istvan Blasko's information is not available now. When it was clear the film was going to be a monster at the box office, the over-heated publicity department of Universal Studios got busy concocting a backstory for Lugosi worthy of Bram Stoker.
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