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Elizabeth. Hers is the story that haunts these walls.
Master Gracey to Sara Evers[src]


Elizabeth Henshaw is the fiancé of Edward Gracey in The Haunted Mansion.

Role in the film

In 1881, Henshaw was the daughter of one of the servants of Gracey Manor and of very low social class. Edward Gracey, the master of the manor and youngest child of George Gracey, developed a close relationship with Henshaw, and the two eventually decided to become engaged. However, Ramsley, the manor's butler, disapproved of his master's relationship, believing it to be a disgrace upon the Gracey legacy. During the masquerade ball on All Hallows' Eve, 1881, Ramsley murdered Henshaw by poisoning her glass of wine with iocane powder, then hid the truth by passing it off as suicide. After her death, Henshaw's soul lingered in the manor as a ghostly orb.

122 years later in 2003, after Ramsley was taken to Hell for damnation, her orb appeared into Sara's body. Thus, returning herself to reunite with Edward in the afterlife. With the curse lifted, she and Edward could now live a peaceful life as their spirits ascended into Heaven with other spirits who had been trapped from the curse.

Trivia

  • Elizabeth's death may have been racially motivated on Ramsley's part as he insisted that marrying her would have ruined Master Gracey. Upper class African-Americans were prominent in the 1800's following the American Revolution. Many of them were Mulatto (one black parent, one white parent), but were conceived through unsavory means. Marsha Thomason herself is of Mulatto origin, somewhat supporting this notion.
  • Elizabeth's wedding dress (worn by Sara in the film) is currently in the collection of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (see gallery below).

Gallery

Screencaps

Wedding dress


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Media
Films: The Haunted MansionReboot

Television specials: Muppets Haunted Mansion
Books: Tales from the Haunted MansionThe Haunted MansionDisney Kingdoms: The Haunted MansionKingdom KeepersThe Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic
Video games: Adventures in the Magic KingdomThe Haunted MansionWalt Disney World ExplorerKinect: Disneyland AdventuresDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Crossy RoadDisney Emoji BlitzThe Haunted Mansion: The Black Widow Bride

Disney Parks
The Haunted MansionPhantom ManorMystic ManorHaunted Mansion HolidayMemento MoriMuseum of the Weird
Characters
Ghost HostMadame LeotaCaretakerMaster GraceyHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsThe Singing BustsGeorge HightowerConstance HatchawayRavenCaptain GoreLittle LeotaOrganistThe Coffin OccupantSally SlaterThe BridePickwickThe MarinerPrudence PockBluebeardDeathThe ExecutionerThe Beheaded KnightDuelistsGramsAlexander NitrokoffWerecat LadyBlack PrinceMedusaMiss April DecemberSpidersOne-Eyed Black CatThe HellhoundHaunted ArmorThe MummyThe Alligator

Phantom Manor: Melanie RavenswoodHenry RavenswoodMartha Ravenswood
Mystic Manor: Henry MysticAlbertCaptain Mary OceaneerMaestro D'ElfmanCarnivorous PlantSamurai ArmorLava IdolTribal Totem PolesDrummer IdolThe Monkey King Statue
Haunted Mansion Holiday: Jack SkellingtonOogie BoogieLock, Shock and BarrelSallyZeroThe Vampire Teddy-BearZeroThe Giant SnakeThe Man-Eating WreathThe One Hiding Under Your BedSkeleton Reindeer
The Museum of the the Weird: The Mistress of Evil • The Candleman • Madame ZarkovThe Grandfather Coffin Clock
Characters from Spinoffs: Elizabeth HenshawRamsleyEmmaEzraJim EversSara EversMegan EversMichael EversZombiesZeke Holloway • Friendly Ghosts • Atticus ThornAmicus ArcaneDanny CroweMaxwell KeepMelody KeepRoland KeepThe Fiery Dragon

Miscellaneous
Grim Grinning GhostsGracey ManorThe Flying DutchmanThe Ghost Relations DepartmentTarot CardsMystic ManorRavenswood ManorBig Thunder MountainThunder MesaBig Thunder Mining CompanyIocane PowderBeacon of Souls • Bravery Tonic • Mumbo Doll • Soul GemsSeaman's Ring • Brotherhood of the Soul • Order of Shadows • Mystic Manor Theme SongThe Sinister 11
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