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Margit Barnay


1896 - 1974

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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. 
To these movies belong "Benno Stehkragen" (27) with Bruno Arno and Käthe Haack, "Der Sieg der Jugend" (27) with Valerie Boothby, Hans Brausewetter and Jaro Fürth and "Zwei unterm Himmelszelt" (27) with Jean Angelo, Ernst Deutsch and Margarete Schlegel. 

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:
Die Eidechse (19) Kinder der Liebe (19) Das Gesicht im Spiegel (20) Uriel Acosta (20) Die Maske des Todes (20) Der Schädel der Pharaonentochter (20) Die Diamantenkonkurrenz (21) Der rätselhafte Tod (21) Die Dame im Koffer (21) Der Schrein der Medici (21) Begierde (21) Das Experiment des Prof. Mithrany (21) Die Fremde aus der Elstergasse (21) Wem nie durch Liebe Leid geschah! (22) Nur eine Nacht (22) Frauen, die die Ehe brechen (22) Die Talfahrt des Severin Hoeyes (22) Die schwarze Paula (22) Der Liebesroman des Cesare Ubaldi (22) Der schlummernde Vulkan (22) Brigantenrache (22) Die siebente Nacht (22) Alexandra (22) Es kommt der Tag (22) Der Mann ohne Beruf (22) Das Liebesnest (22) Ich hatt' einen Kameraden (23) Das schöne Mädel (23) Das Abenteuer von Sagossa (23) Der Frauenkönig (23) Said (23) Gift und Liebe (24) Die Egoisten. Die reich heiraten wollen (24) Gedankensünden (24) Verkrachte Existenzen (24) In der Heimat, da gibt's ein Wiedersehn! (26) 


 
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