1896 - 1974
The actress Margit Barnay was born as Margot Jana Rosenstock in Berlin. Art was part of her family - her mother was the singer and painter Lolo Barnay, her grandfather was the singer Ludwig Barnay - and her artistic way was quasi preassigned. After an education in music and painting she was engaged by movie director Siegfried Dessauer for his movie "Kinder der Liebe" (19). She soon became a demanded actress and it followed the movies "Samson" (19) und "Der Knabe in Blau" (19) directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.
In the 20s she became a demanded movie actress and she impersonated numerous roles in the next years.
To her well-known productions at the beginning of the 20s belong "Ferréol" (20) with Ernst Deutsch and Olga Engl, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's "Satanas" (20) with Fritz Kortner and Ernst Hofmann, "Ich bin Du" (21) directed by Urban Gad with Maria Zelenka and Hans Mierendorff, "Aus den Akten einer anständigen Frau" (21) with Olga Engl and Hermann Picha, "Die Tigerin" (22) with Carl de Vogt and Claire Lotto, "Don Juan" (22) with Julius Falkenstein and Margarete Lanner, "Bigamie" (22) with Alfred Abel and Emil Albes and "So ist das Leben" (24).
Afterwards her film career diminished and she only took part in few
more movies in the next years.
After her film career she dedicated her time to the family which involved a daugther. During the National Socialism she was classified as 3/4 Jewish which made it impossible for a possible comeback. That not more has befallen her like deportation was thanks to her marriage with the architect Hans Schmidt-Werden who was regarded as "indispensable" for the rebuilding after bombing raids on Germany. So his family was protected as well.
Her daughter Sybil Werden became an actress and dancer.
Other movies with Margit Barnay: