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Happy Birthday, Ed Wood!

On this day in 1924, the world was given the gift of Ed Wood. Like most, we first learned of the now-legendary cult filmmaker when his life served as the inspiration for what may have been Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s last truly great collaboration, Ed Wood. Having become the face of the eternal question “are you laughing with him or at him,” Wood looms large as an unlikely inspiration for artists everywhere. The prolific director’s advice on his craft? “Just keep on writing. Even if your story gets worse, you’ll get better.”

Here’s Bela Lugosi giving some of Wood’s own words a run for their money in a classic scene from his 1953 film, Glen or Glenda.