“It’s a living, but it’s also a curse.”

 Lugosi loved film and stage and art so powerfully he said he literally could not live without it. In recent years some people have paid more attention to his history as a labor organizer and antifascist in his native Hungary, and indeed that activism is exactly why he had to flee Hungary for England and later America: Thus we might never have ended up with the great Dracula of stage and screen if years earlier a younger man had not taken the risk of standing up for his rights.