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    15 Real-Life Facts About Ed And Lorraine Warren From "The Conjuring" Movies

    The movie usher story is true!

    1. Ed and Lorraine really did meet at a movie theater as teens.

    Ed and Lorraine flashback to meeting in "Conjuring 3"
    Warner Bros.

    In The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Lorraine fondly recalls meeting Ed when he worked as an usher at a movie theater. They really did meet at the Colonial Theater in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1944 when Ed worked as an usher.

    2. They originally wanted to make a living as artists.

    real Ed Warren painting of a supposedly haunted barn
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    Ed attended art school and the couple spent the early years of their marriage driving around sketching houses that were presumed to be haunted. Above is one of Ed's real-life paintings.

    3. Ed described himself as a demonologist and Lorraine claimed to be clairvoyant.

    real life older Ed and Lorraine
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    "They were not occultists. They were not strange," the About page on the New England Society for Psychic Research reads. "If you had the privilege of speaking to them, they would seem like normal folks with regular jobs."

    4. Lorraine had a cameo in 2013's The Conjuring.

    Lorraine as an audience member
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    She also appeared in the Discovery series A Haunting.

    5. Vera Farmiga, who plays Lorraine in the Conjuring movies, had a friendship with the real-life Lorraine.

    6. They founded the New England Society for Psychic Research (NESPR) in 1952 and investigated over 100 cases throughout their career.

    Ed and Lorraine in "The Conjuring 3"
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    7. Ed suffered from multiple heart attacks in real life, including one that put him in a wheelchair for several months.

    Ed having a heart attack in "The Conjuring 3"
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    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It incorporated this into the plot, though Ed reportedly did not actually have a heart attack during this particular case, according to USA Today.

    8. The Warrens didn't charge money for their investigative services.

    photo of an older Ed and Lorraine
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    According to the New York Times, the couple made their money from licensing rights, lectures, and museum tours.

    9. A UCLA professor, Dr. Thelma Moss, once assessed Lorraine and said that her clairvoyance was "far above average."

    Lorraine's character in "The Conjuring 3"
    Warner Bros.

    In the '70s, Dr. Moss headed UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, which "conducted scientific experiments in clairvoyance, telepathy, and haunted houses."

    10. The New England Skeptical Society has criticized the Warrens for promoting "pseudoscience."

    Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal debating with the Warrens outside of an alleged haunted home
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    "Their claims reinforce delusions, have served as decisive court testimony, and confuse the public about the methods of legitimate science," the organization wrote in 1997.

    11. The Warrens' Occult Museum closed to the public in 2019.

    real Annabelle doll
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    The museum, which was shut down over zoning violations, was home to the real-life Annabelle doll and tons of other artifacts.

    12. Lorraine worked with law enforcement on a variety of missing-person cases throughout the '80s.

    the Warrens working with the police in "The Conjuring 3"
    Warner Bros.

    In 1989, the Department of Justice even issued a handbook describing how to work with psychics and clairvoyants.

    13. The Warrens were Roman Catholic and believed demons were more likely to attack people who weren't religious.

    priest in "The Conjuring 3"
    Warner Bros.

    "When there’s no religion, it is absolutely terrifying,” Lorraine said in a 2013 interview. “That is your protection. God is your protection. It doesn’t matter what your religion is.”

    14. Their daughter Judy used to tell her classmates that her parents were landscape artists rather than paranormal investigators.

    Judy Warren in 2019
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    "When I was in the sixth grade, I asked my father, 'What should I say you do?'" Judy said in an interview. "And he said, 'I’m a landscape artist. Tell them that.' When the nun [at school] heard that, she put me in charge of the class plants for the rest of the year. I don't know if they lived or died."

    15. Lastly, Ed died in 2006 at age 79 and Lorraine died in 2019 at age 92.

    Lorraine at the premiere of "The Conjuring" in 2013
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    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is out now in theaters and streaming for free to subscribers on HBO Max through July 4.

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