Lucy Grantham

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Lucy Grantham
Born (1951-10-13) October 13, 1951 (age 70)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation Actress
Costumer
Years active 1972-1973

Lucy Grantham aka Lucy Grunther[1] (born October 13, 1951) is a former American actress, stage manager, and costumer.[2] She is best known for her role as Phyllis Stone in Wes Craven's controversial horror film The Last House on the Left (1972). Her other films include the drama film Southern Hospitality (1971) and the documentary Loops (1973).

Early life

Grantham was born in 1951 in Brooklyn, New York.[no citations needed here]

Career

Grantham began her career with a supporting role as a sister in the drama film Southern Hospitality (1971), which was filmed in Greensboro, North Carolina.[3] She also served as the costumer for the film. The following year, she was cast as the ill-fated Phyllis Stone in Wes Craven's controversial 1972 horror film The Last House on the Left. Grantham starred alongside Sandra Peabody, David Hess, and Jeramie Rain. She was initially reluctant to join the production due to how brutal the subject matter in the screenplay was. However, she felt more comfortable about starring in the project after meeting Wes and Sean S. Cunningham. In a retrospective interview in 2012, Grantham discussed meeting Craven and Cunningham and the impact of The Last House on the Left, stating:

"I could see from meeting them they were bright and intelligent, and I immediately recognized they were ambitious...I had no idea — and I'm not sure that anybody did — that this was breaking ground. I wish I had been prescient enough to know that."[4]

In 1973, she appeared in the documentary film Loops, which was directed by Shaun Costello and featured her Last House co-star Fred J. Lincoln who also appeared in the documentary.[5]

Grantham revealed in the interview that the scene in The Last House on the Left in which her character was forced to urinate, it was not a bag containing liquid, in fact, it was Grantham who urinated herself for the sake of making the film,[6] despite the fact that in David A. Szulkin's book on the making of the film it notes that a wet makeup sponge was concealed in her jeans.[7] In 2002, Grantham appeared in the documentary It's Only a Movie: The Making of Last House on the Left, included in the film's 30th anniversary DVD release.[2]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1971 Southern Hospitality Second Sister Credited as Lucy Grunther, costumer
1972 The Last House on the Left Phyllis Stone
Krug and Company Phyllis Stone Alternate version of The Last House on the Left
1973 Loops Lucy Documentary
2002 It's Only a Movie: The Making of Last House on the Left Herself Documentary

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Hypsipyle Stage Manager[no citations needed here] Stage-play

References

  1. "Lucy Grunther". www.imdb.com. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0335715/. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lucy Grantham". connect.in.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. https://archive.is/20130126000418/http://connect.in.com/lucy-grantham/biography-337288.html. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  3. "Movie Crew Working On Film in Greensboro". The Tuscaloosa News. July 27, 1971. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19710727&id=QhofAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IZwEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5304,4782333&hl=en. 
  4. Konow, David (2012). Reel Terror: The Scary, Bloody, Gory, Hundred-Year History of Classic Horror Films. St. Martin's Press. pp. 131. ISBN 9781250013590. 
  5. Oster, Jerry (August 3, 1973). "'Loops' About Porno World". Daily News (New York): p. 58. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/22641073/. 
  6. Noe, Denise (February 16, 2008)"Does anyone know why Lucy Grantham of Last House On The Left did not continue her acting career?". Men's News Daily. http://mensnewsdaily.com/2008/02/16/does-anyone-know-why-lucy-grantham-of-last-house-on-the-left-did-not-continue-her-acting-career. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  7. Szulkin, David A. (2000). Wes Craven's Last House on the Left: The Making of a Cult Classic. FAB Press. pp. 212. ISBN 1-903254-01-9. 

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