German actresses who were born in 1906

Here are 9 famous actresses from Germany were born in 1906:

Brigitte Helm

Brigitte Helm (March 17, 1906 Berlin-June 11, 1996 Ascona) a.k.a. Brigitte Eva Gisela Schittenhelm was a German actor.

She is best known for her role as the dual characters of Maria and the Maschinenmensch in Fritz Lang's groundbreaking 1927 silent film, "Metropolis". The success of the film catapulted her to international fame and signaled her as one of the most promising young talents in the industry. Helm tried to distance herself from "Metropolis" by taking on a variety of roles in other films, but to no avail. After the rise of the Nazis in Germany and the ensuing restrictions on the industry, Helm moved to Switzerland and retired from acting in 1935. She lived the remainder of her life in seclusion, occasionally entertaining offers for public appearances, but steadfastly refusing to discuss her most famous role. Helm died in 1996 at the age of 90.

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Dita Parlo

Dita Parlo (September 4, 1906 Szczecin-December 13, 1971 Paris) also known as Grethe Gerda Kornstädt was a German actor.

She began her acting career in the silent film era and became known for her performances in several notable films such as "The Joyless Street" (1925), "Pandora's Box" (1929), and "La Grande Illusion" (1937).

Parlo also worked in French cinema, playing lead roles in films like "Les Misérables" (1934) and "La Règle du jeu" (1939). She became a well-known actress in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s, appearing in more than 30 films during her career.

In addition to her film work, Parlo was involved in theater and received critical acclaim for her performances. She continued acting in films and television until shortly before her death in 1971.

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Renate Müller

Renate Müller (April 26, 1906 Munich-October 7, 1937 Berlin) a.k.a. Renate Muller was a German singer and actor.

She began her career as a singer and gained popularity in the 1920s with her performances in cabarets and on the radio. Müller made her film debut in 1930 and quickly became one of the most popular actors in German cinema. She was known for her natural acting style and her ability to convey emotion through her performances.

Müller starred in a number of successful films in the early 1930s, including "The Three from the Filling Station" (1930) and "Ich bei Tag und du bei Nacht" (1932). She also had success outside of Germany, appearing in the French film "Mädchen in Uniform" (1931).

Despite her success as an actor, Müller was often unhappy with her roles and longed for more challenging parts. She struggled with depression and alcoholism, and her career began to suffer as a result. Müller's last film was "La Habanera" (1937), in which she played the lead role.

Tragically, Müller took her own life just months after "La Habanera" was released. She was only 31 years old at the time of her death. Despite her brief career, Müller remains a beloved figure in German cinema and her films continue to be appreciated by audiences around the world.

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Ruth Hellberg

Ruth Hellberg (November 2, 1906 Berlin-April 26, 2001 Feldafing) also known as Ruth Holl was a German actor and voice actor.

Hellberg was born in Berlin in 1906 and began her acting career on stage in the 1920s. She later transitioned to film and made her debut in the 1932 movie "Man braucht kein Geld". She appeared in more than 70 films during her career, including the 1945 film "Kolberg", which was the last film made in Nazi Germany.

After World War II, Hellberg continued her acting career in West Germany and also worked as a voice actor, dubbing foreign films into German. She was particularly known for her work as the voice of French actress Simone Signoret in German-language versions of her films.

Hellberg received several awards for her work in film and theater, including the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. She passed away in 2001 at the age of 94 in Feldafing, Germany.

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Camilla Spira

Camilla Spira (March 1, 1906 Hamburg-August 25, 1997 Berlin) a.k.a. Camilla Eisner was a German actor. Her child is called Susanne Thaler.

Camilla Spira began her acting career on stage in 1924 and made her film debut in 1927. She appeared in over 80 films, including the critically acclaimed "The Murderers are Among Us" in 1946. In addition to her work in film, she continued to act on stage throughout her career. However, her career was interrupted by the rise of Nazi Germany, as she was Jewish, and she was forced to flee to Switzerland in 1933. She later returned to Germany in 1945 and continued her acting career. Camilla Spira passed away on August 25, 1997, in Berlin, Germany, at the age of 91.

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Elisabeth Wendt

Elisabeth Wendt (January 11, 1906 Cologne-March 24, 1980 West Berlin) was a German actor.

She began her acting career in the 1920s, working initially in the German silent film industry. She starred in a number of films during the 1930s and 1940s, including the 1936 film "Mutterlied" and the 1943 film "Dein Herz ist meine Heimat." After World War II, she continued to work in German film and television, and also worked as a voice actress, dubbing foreign films into German. Wendt was known for her elegant beauty and her ability to convey complex emotions on screen. Despite her success as an actor, she remained relatively unknown outside of Germany, and her work is now largely forgotten. However, she is still revered by film historians and cinephiles for her contributions to the German film industry.

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Valerie Boothby

Valerie Boothby (October 18, 1906 Hamburg-April 14, 1982 Hamburg) was a German actor.

She began her acting career in the 1920s and went on to have a successful career in German theater, film, and television. Boothby appeared in over 60 films throughout her career, including "Münchhausen" (1943) and "Ludwig II" (1955), both directed by Austrian filmmaker Ernst Marischka. She also appeared in the popular German television series "Die fünfte Kolonne" (The Fifth Column) in the 1960s. In addition to acting, Boothby was also a talented dancer and choreographer, and worked as a choreographer for several productions in the 1930s. Despite her success as an actor and dancer, Boothby always remained true to her Hamburg roots, and continued to perform in local theaters in her hometown throughout her career.

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Alexa von Porembsky

Alexa von Porembsky (June 5, 1906 Sopron-August 18, 1981 Berlin) a.k.a. Alexa v. Porembska, Alexa v. Porembsky, Alexa von Porembski or Alexa von Poremski was a German actor.

She was born in Sopron, Hungary, and grew up bilingual in German and Hungarian. Von Porembsky began her acting career in Berlin in the late 1920s, performing in theaters and films. She appeared in over 40 films and worked with renowned filmmakers such as Max Ophüls and Fritz Lang. During the 1940s, she became a member of the Nazi Party and acted in films that promoted Nazi propaganda. After World War II, Von Porembsky was banned from acting for several years due to her association with the Nazi regime. She returned to the stage in the 1950s and continued to act in films and television until the early 1970s. In addition to acting, she also worked as a voice actress and dubbed foreign films into German. Alexa von Porembsky passed away in Berlin in 1981 at the age of 75.

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Alice Treff

Alice Treff (June 4, 1906 Berlin-February 8, 2003 Berlin) also known as Alice Martha Treff or Martha Alice Treff was a German actor and voice actor.

She began her career in the 1920s and acted in several films throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, including "Madame Bovary" (1937) and "Münchhausen" (1943). Treff also worked as a voice actor, dubbing foreign films into German. After World War II, she continued to act on stage and in films, earning critical acclaim for her performances in productions such as "Der Prozeß" (1962) and "Die Galerie der großen Detektive" (1979). In addition to her acting career, Treff was involved in various humanitarian and charitable organizations, including the German Red Cross. She passed away in 2003 at the age of 96.

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