Austrian movie stars born in 1907

Here are 5 famous actresses from Austria were born in 1907:

Paula Wessely

Paula Wessely (January 20, 1907 Vienna-May 11, 2000 Vienna) also known as Paula Anna Maria Wessely or The Wessely was an Austrian actor and film producer. She had three children, Elisabeth Orth, Christiane Hörbiger and Maresa Hörbiger.

Paula Wessely was born into a family of actors, with her father being a theater director and her mother an actress. She began her career in theater at a young age and went on to become one of the most beloved actresses in Austrian film and theater history.

Wessely's film career began in the 1930s and she quickly became known for her dramatic and emotional performances. Some of her most famous roles include Leopoldine Dur in the film series "Vienna Tales" and Sabine in the film "The White Horse Inn". She also starred in many plays, including "The Visit" and "The Cherry Orchard", and was widely regarded as one of the greatest stage actresses of her time.

In addition to her acting career, Wessely was also a film producer, producing several films in the 1950s and 1960s. She was honored with many awards throughout her career, including the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art and the Goethe Medal.

Wessely lived to be 93 years old and continued to act in films and on stage until her later years. She left behind a legacy as one of the most talented and influential actresses in Austrian history.

Käthe Gold

Käthe Gold (February 11, 1907 Vienna-October 11, 1997 Vienna) also known as Kathe Gold or Katharina Stephanie Gold was an Austrian actor.

Gold began her acting career in the 1920s and quickly became a popular actress in Austrian films. She starred in several notable movies, such as "Kaiserwalzer" (1933) and "G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald" (1957). Gold also appeared in numerous stage productions, including the Vienna Burgtheater.

During World War II, Gold and her husband were forced to flee Austria due to their Jewish heritage. They settled in the United States, where Gold continued her acting career in Hollywood films under the stage name Käthe von Nagy. Some of her notable roles in American films include "The Moon Is Down" (1943) and "The Uninvited" (1944).

After the war, Gold returned to Austria and resumed her career in theater and film. She received numerous awards for her work, including the Kainz Medal and the Cross of Merit for Science and Art.

In addition to her work in the entertainment industry, Gold was known for her philanthropy and activism. She was a vocal supporter of human rights and social justice causes and was actively involved in supporting refugees and displaced persons.

Tala Birell

Tala Birell (September 10, 1907 Bucharest-February 17, 1958 Landstuhl) a.k.a. Thala Birell, Natalie Bierl or Talusha was an Austrian actor.

Born to Austrian parents in Bucharest, Tala Birell spent her childhood moving between Romania, Austria, and Germany. She began her acting career on stage in Europe before emigrating to the United States in the 1930s. Birell appeared in Hollywood films throughout the 1930s and 1940s, often playing glamorous and exotic roles due to her Eastern European background. Some of her notable film credits include "The Song of Songs" (1933) and "The Invisible Man Returns" (1940). In addition to acting, Birell was known for her talent in dance and could speak several languages fluently. She passed away in 1958 at the age of 50 due to heart failure.

Anita Janová

Anita Janová (December 19, 1907 Vienna-April 24, 1975 Prague) also known as Anna Janousková was an Austrian actor.

She appeared in both films and on stage, primarily in Czechoslovakia. One of her notable roles was in the 1935 film "Jánošík" directed by Martin Frič. She was also known for her appearances in the films "Baron Prášil" (1940) and "Adventures of Tobis Rychlík" (1942) directed by Vladimír Slavínský. In addition to acting, Janová also worked as a translator, translating several works from German into Czech. During World War II, she was imprisoned by the Gestapo for her involvement in the resistance movement. After the war, she continued to act on stage and in films until her death in 1975.

Marte Harell

Marte Harell (January 4, 1907 Vienna-March 12, 1996 Vienna) also known as Martha Schömig or Marthe Harell was an Austrian actor.

She began her acting career at the age of 18, performing on stage in Vienna. In the 1930s, she appeared in several Austrian films, including "Ehestreik" and "Savoy-Hotel 217." However, she is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Frau Oberst in the classic film "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940), directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

During World War II, Harell was living in Switzerland and continued to act in German-speaking productions. After the war, she returned to Austria and continued her career, appearing in a number of films and television shows.

In addition to her acting work, Harell was also involved in charity and humanitarian efforts. She founded an organization to support the arts and helped to establish a home for elderly actors in Vienna.

Harell was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art in 1964 and the Gold Medal of the City of Vienna in 1977. She passed away in 1996 at the age of 89.

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