Happy 93rd Birthday Ed Wood

Today is the 93rd birthday of Ed Wood. The phrase ‘before their time’ was coined for people like him. He is often referenced by widely popular and hugely successful current film directors as one of their major influences. Do yourself a favor and watch one of his films, you may see the films of John Waters and Quentin Tarantino in a different light. Calling an Ed Wood script illogical is like saying dreams make no sense: images and words went straight from his mind to the page. His stream of consciousness dialog was like a ransom note pasted together from word randomly cut out of a Korean electronics manual. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the los that he has left.


NAME: Ed Wood
BIRTH DATE: October 10, 1924
DEATH DATE: December 10, 1978
PLACE OF BIRTH: Poughkeepsie, New York
PLACE OF DEATH: Hollywood, California
FULL NAME: Edward Davis Wood
REMAINS: Cremated (ashes scattered at sea)

BEST KNOWN FOR: Filmmaker and novelist Ed Wood is famous for his low-budget films of the 1950s like Plan 9 From Outer Space, which are celebrated today as sheer camp.

Movie Director, screenwriter, actor, and producer. Edward Davis Wood, Jr. was born on October 10, 1924 in Poughkeepsie, New York to Edward Sr., a postal worker and Lillian. It is said that Lillian always wanted a girl and until Ed, Jr., was 12-years-old she dressed him in girls’ clothing. Young Ed loved movies and eventually found a job as a cinema usher. He also learned several musical instruments and formed a singing quartet called Eddie Wood‘s Little Splinters. Ed Wood received his first movie camera on his 17th birthday and his first “film” records the crash of an airplane. When he was 17, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Wood enlisted in the Marines.

Upon his discharge from the Marines, Ed Wood pursued his love of the bizarre by joining the freak show of a carnival. At times, he played the part of the bearded lady and created his own prosthetic breasts. During the 1950s, he wrote, produced, and acted in a number of very low-budget science fiction, horror, and cowboy films. These films are celebrated today for their many obvious errors, cheap special effects, strange dialogue, miscasting, and crazy plots. Wood often struggled to make ends meet and was sometimes forced to churn out film scripts in one night to keep to schedules.

When his movie career began to wane, mostly from lack of funding, Ed Wood turned his prolific creative nature to the printed page, turning out sex novels, pulp fiction, and horror stories. The lack of money took its toll and Wood struggled with health issues, including an alcohol addiction. Eventually kicked out of their apartment, Wood and his wife, Kathleen O’Hara, moved in with a friend in North Hollywood. It was there that Wood died of a heart attack on December 10, 1978 at the age of 54.

Wood’s legacy and cult following lives on with, for example, the University of Southern California holding an annual “Ed Wood Film Festival” for which students are charged with writing, filming, and editing an Ed Wood-esque short film based on a predetermined theme. His movies has been spoofed on Mystery Theater 3000 and many have been remade as pornographic movies. Additionally, many of his bizarre transvestite-themed sex novels have been republished.

The Sinister Urge (8-Dec-1960)
Night of the Ghouls (1959)
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Bride of the Monster (11-May-1955)
Jail Bait (1954)
Glen or Glenda (1953)

Fugitive Girls (13-Jul-1974)
Glen or Glenda (1953) · Glen

Is the subject of books:
Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Art and Life of Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1992, BY: Rudolph Grey

Author of books:
Black Lace Drag (1963, novel)
Orgy of the Dead (1966, novel)
Parisian Passions (1966, novel; as J.X. Williams)
Burn, Baby, Burn (1966, novel)
Sideshow Siren (1966, novel)
Drag Trade (1967, novel)
Bloodiest Sex Crimes of History (1967, non-fiction)
Security Risk (1967, novel)
Watts After (1967, novel)
Devil Girls (1967, novel)
It Takes One to Know One (1967, novel)
Death of a Transvestite (1967, novel; sequel to Black Lace Drag)
Suburbia Confidential (1967, novel)
Nighttime Lez (1968, novel)
Raped in the Grass (1968, novel)
Bye Bye Broadie (1968, novel)
The Perverts (1968, novel; as Jason Nichols)
The Gay Underworld (1968, novel)
Sex, Shrouds and Caskets (1968, novel)
The Sexecutives (1968, novel)
Sex Museum (1968, novel)
The Love of the Dead (1968, novel)
One, Two, Three (1968, novel)
Hell Chicks (1968, novel)
Purple Thighs (1968, novel)
Carnival Piece (1969, novel)
Toni (1969, novel)
Mama’s Diary (1969, novel)
To Make a Homo (1971, novel)
Sexual Practices in Witchcraft and Black Magic (1971, non-fiction)
Black Myth (1971, novel)
The Sexual Man (1971, non-fiction)
The Sexual Woman (1971, non-fiction)
Mary-Go-Round (1972, novel)
A Study of the Sons and Daughters of Erotica (1972, non-fiction)
The Only House (1972, novel)
A Study of Fetishes and Fantasies (1973, non-fiction)
A Study in the Motivation of Censorship, Sex and the Movies (1973, non-fiction)
Tales for a Sexy Night (1973, novel)
Death of a Transvestite Hooker (1973, novel)
Forced Entry (1974, novel)
TV Lust (1977, novel)
Hollywood Rat Race (1998, memoir; published posthumously)

Source: Ed Wood – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Source: Ed Wood – Director – Biography.com

Source: Ed Wood

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