German actresses who deceased at age 78

Here are 9 famous actresses from Germany died at 78:

Hilde Hildebrand

Hilde Hildebrand (September 10, 1897 Hanover-April 28, 1976 Grunewald) also known as Hilde Hildebrandt or Emma Minna Hildebrand was a German singer and actor.

She began her career as a cabaret singer in Berlin during the 1920s and soon gained popularity as a performer of popular songs and operettas. She appeared in over 25 films, including "Die Drei von der Tankstelle" and "Die Frau ohne Bedeutung". Hildebrand was known for her distinctive voice and her ability to convey emotion through her performances. She was married twice, first to actor Willy Fritsch and later to producer Alf Teichs. In the 1940s, she was briefly imprisoned by the Gestapo for her opposition to the Nazi regime. After World War II, Hildebrand continued to perform and record music until her retirement in 1970. She passed away in Grunewald at the age of 78.

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Ruth Drexel

Ruth Drexel (July 14, 1930 Vilshofen an der Donau-February 26, 2009 Feldkirchen) was a German actor. She had two children, Cilli Drexel and Katharina Adami.

Ruth Drexel began her acting career in 1963 at Munich's Kammerspiele Theater. She later appeared in various popular TV shows and movies, including "Polizeiinspektion 1," "Der Bulle von Tölz," and "Zwei Münchner in Hamburg." However, she was best known for her roles in Bavarian theater, particularly for her performances in plays by Ludwig Thoma and Franz Xaver Kroetz. Drexel was also recognized for her humanitarian work, including her support for projects aiding children in need in South Africa. She was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her contributions to society.

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Anita King

Anita King (August 14, 1884 Michigan City-June 10, 1963 Hollywood) otherwise known as Anna Keppen or The Paramount Girl was a German race car driver, actor and model.

She died as a result of myocardial infarction.

Anita King began her career as a model and beauty pageant contestant, earning the title of "Miss Michigan" in 1909. She then went on to pursue a career in acting and appeared in over 200 films for studios such as Universal and Paramount. King was also known for her talent as a race car driver and became one of the few female drivers during the early 1900s. In 1915, King won the prestigious Santa Monica Road Race, the first woman to ever do so. After retiring from racing and acting, King became a successful real estate agent in Los Angeles. She remained an advocate for women in racing and was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Lya Lys

Lya Lys (May 8, 1908 Berlin-June 2, 1986 Newport Beach) also known as Natalia Lyecht, Natalie Löscht, Natalie Margulis or Nathalie Margoulis was a German actor. She had one child, Joyce Wells.

Lya Lys began her acting career in her native Germany in the 1920s, where she appeared in several films and stage productions. She then moved to Paris in the 1930s and became a star of French cinema. Lys was known for her seductive and mysterious onscreen presence, which earned her the nickname "The Sphinx of the Screen."

In 1933, Lys relocated to Hollywood and began appearing in American films. She made her debut in the film "Masquerade in Mexico" (1945) and went on to appear in several other films throughout the 1940s, including "Night and Day" (1946) and "Northwest Outpost" (1947).

Throughout her career, Lya Lys was known for her distinctive accent, which reflected her European upbringing. She often played exotic and alluring characters, and was praised for her beauty and charisma.

After retiring from acting, Lys lived in Newport Beach, California until her death in 1986. She was remembered by many as a glamorous and enigmatic figure from the golden age of Hollywood.

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Charlotte Susa

Charlotte Susa (March 1, 1898 Klaipėda-July 28, 1976 Basel) otherwise known as Charlotte Wegmüller or Charlotta Wegmüller was a German actor and singer.

She made her stage debut in 1917 and by the 1920s, she was a leading lady in German silent films. Susa was considered one of the most beautiful actresses of her time and became famous for her roles in films like "Different From Others" and "The Blackguard."

In addition to her acting career, Susa also had a successful career as a singer, performing in operas and operettas throughout Germany. She was especially known for her interpretation of the works of composer Franz Lehar.

Susa's career spanned over 40 years and she appeared in more than 50 films. However, her success came to an abrupt end with the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, as she was of Jewish descent. She was forced to flee the country and eventually settled in Switzerland, where she continued to perform on stage.

Susa died in Basel in 1976 at the age of 78, leaving a legacy as one of the most talented and beautiful actresses of her era.

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Gussy Holl

Gussy Holl (February 22, 1888 Frankfurt-July 16, 1966 Salzburg) also known as Ruth Maria Holl, Auguste Marie Holl or Augusta Holl was a German actor and singer.

Holl began her career in the theater and later transitioned to film, where she appeared in over 60 movies. Some of her notable film roles include playing the lead in the 1920 silent film, "Die Herrin der Welt" (Mistress of the World), and appearing in the 1943 propaganda film "Feuertaufe" (Baptism of Fire).

During World War II, Holl was a member of the Nazi party and participated in various propaganda efforts. After the war, she was briefly imprisoned but released due to health reasons.

Holl continued to act on stage and in films until the mid-1950s. She also had success as a singer, performing in operas and operettas throughout Germany and Austria.

Despite her controversial past, Gussy Holl is remembered as an important figure in German theater and film during the early 20th century.

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Valeska Stock

Valeska Stock (May 17, 1887 Wrocław-January 7, 1966 Berlin) was a German actor.

She started her career on stage and appeared in several productions in Germany, including in the famous Deutsches Theater in Berlin. Stock also acted in films during the 1920s and 1930s, most notably in the silent film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1920) directed by Robert Wiene. She continued to act in films throughout the Nazi era, although her roles became smaller and less significant. In the post-war years, Stock appeared in a few films and on television. She continued acting until her death in 1966.

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Dorothea Wieck

Dorothea Wieck (January 3, 1908 Davos-February 19, 1986 Berlin) was a German actor.

She began her acting career in the 1920s and became well known for her performances in German films during the 1930s. During World War II, Wieck was part of the group of actors and actresses known as the "Ufa Traumfabrik," who were contracted to work for the Nazi regime's film production company. After the war, Wieck worked mostly in the theater, appearing in many productions in Berlin and other cities. She was also a prolific voice actress, dubbing foreign films and TV shows into German. Wieck received numerous awards during her career, including the National Prize of East Germany for her contributions to German culture.

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Ursula Deinert

Ursula Deinert (October 17, 1910 Berlin-December 21, 1988 East Berlin) was a German actor and dancer.

Deinert began her career in the 1930s as a dancer, performing on both stage and screen. She starred in several German films throughout the 1940s and 1950s, including "Kapriolen" (1937), "Der Schatten des Herrn Monitor" (1940), and "Die Geliebte" (1951). In the 1960s, she transitioned to television, appearing in several popular series in East Germany. In addition to her acting career, Deinert was also a talented painter and sculptor, and her artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout Germany. She was awarded the National Prize of East Germany for her contributions to the arts in 1966.

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