Actress Carla Laemmle dies

Los Angeles: Silent film actress Carla Laemmle, niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle, has died. She was 104.

Laemmle, who was considered one of the last surviving performers from Hollywood`s silent film years, died of natural causes, suggest reports.

She appeared in at least 17 films, starting in 1925 with silent horror classic `The Phantom of the Opera`, in which she played a ballerina. She was the last surviving cast member of the film, which starred Lon Chaney Sr.

During her later years, she appeared in several documentaries recounting Hollywood`s earliest years and the production of classic movies.

Almost nine decades after she began acting, Laemmle was still appearing on camera. Her last role was in `Mansion of Blood` currently in post-production.

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