Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Elizabeth Eis: 1943-2012

It was with sadness that we received news about the death of actress Elisabeth Eis, who passed away on January 6 at the age of 68. She had been suffering from Parkinson's disease. 

Elizabeth appeared in Dark Shadows throughout 1970 as Nelle Gunston, Buffie Harrington and Mildred Ward. It was as barmaid Buffie that she made her most memorable performances. Recorded at a time when many of the show's regular cast were absent filming the House of Dark Shadows movie, the reduced company gave Elizabeth a chance to shine. Her character's relationship with the maniacal John Yaeger was a high point of the parallel time sequence, and stands as one of Dark Shadows' most adult storylines.

Elsewhere, her credits included roles on Guiding Light and Mrs. Columbo, while on Broadway she appeared in Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead. To read a tribute written by one of her classmates at Carnegie-Mellon, click here. Our condolences go out to all of Elizabeth's family and friends.


Frau Wulf said...

Wow! I really liked her as Buffie. So sorry to hear she's gone.

Sharon Lynn H. said...

How scary to cross paths with the jekle & hyde of DARK SHADOWS John Yaeger (Cyrus) played to perfection by Actor Chris Pennock (also Jeb Hawkes, Cyrus & Sebrastian Shaw). Poor Buffie had to deal w/Yeager...'how scary!!! What a beautiful young woman Ms. Elizabeth Eis was/is and much heartfelt condolences to the EIS Family. No matter how small or large the Role(s) one plays on the Classic Gothic DARK SHADOWS rather you appear twice, 12, 24 or over 100 episodes your presents/the character one brings to Life is quite "vital" to the treasure Script & Storyline(s) of the Supernatural TV Classic/and movies DARK SHADOWS. Rest in sweet embrace, Ms. Eis and looking forward to the Cyrus/Yaeger, Sebastion Shaw chill gripping storylines of DARK SHADOWS on my Deluxe DS's 131 DVD Set. Wow!!!