“..Widow’s peaks have been associated with villains, including vampires, since the 1920s.
This was one of the signature looks of Jack Pierce, a legendary Hollywood makeup artist best known for his monster work from the 1920s into the 1940s at Universal Studios.
Photographs show that the Greek-American Pierce had a widow’s peak of his own.
In two 1931 films, Pierce had Hungarian-American actor Bela Lugosi and Spaniard Carlos Villarias wear toupees with a widow’s peak for their roles as Dracula.
For the 1932 film “White Zombie,” Pierce emphasized Lugosi’s artificial widow’s peak even more.
When Boris Karloff starred in “The Black Cat” (1934), Pierce shaved his hairline and created an arrow-shaped widow’s peak.
The classic look for werewolves in films and Halloween costumes also features a widow’s peak of canine fur along the hairline.
In cartoons, Batman’s adversary, the Joker, has been portrayed with a widow’s peak.
Some scientists now believe there may be a very real connection, however, between vampires and the widow’s peak.
They point to the rare genetic diseases called porphyrias.
Sufferers often have pale skin, the appearance of red teeth -
- and also excessive hair growth on the forehead..”
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