1906 - 1968
The actress Lillian Harvey was born as Lilian Helen Muriel Pape in London-Hornsey. Her family took up residence at Berlin in 1914, Lillian Harvey was sent to Switzerland during the war time where she lived with her aunt.
After her return to Berlin she attended a ballet school at the Staatsoper Berlin in 1923 and was soon on the way with first tours through Europe.
During a performance at the Ronacher theater she was spotted for the film business. Her first movie was "Der Fluch" (24), after that director Richard Eichber (1888-1953) signed her on. Under his directioon she played for the first time a leading role in "Liebe und Trompetenblasen" (25), one year later she acted at Willy Fritsch's "Die keusche Susanne" (26) for the first time - an anticipation of the future German dream team.
Lillian Harvey appeared in the following years in the movies "Die tolle Lola" (27), "Eine Nacht in London" (28), "Ihr dunkler Punkt" (28) and "Adieu, Mascotte" (29).
With the rise of the sound film her career even experienced more impetus.
Thanks to her hard work and her talent, which also comprised dance and
singing besides her acting, she rose to the "sweetest girl of the world",
who knew how twist the audience round her little finger.
She signed a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1932 and went to the
USA one year later. She appeared in the movies "My Lips Betray - Meine
Lippen lügen nicht" (33), "My Weakness" (33), "I Am Suzanne - Ich
bin Susanne" (33) and "Let's Live Tonight - Leise kommt das Glück
bei Dir" (35), but she wasn't able to go on from her successes in Germany.
The political turbulences of the 30's also left its mark on the great
Lillian Harvey. She spoke for the choreographer Jens Keith and finally
helped him to escape to Switzerland. As a result Lillian Harvey was interrogated
by the Gestapo.
During the war time she got involved in the tropps care in France, but
when the threat also grew in France, she went via Portugal to the USA where
she worked for the Red Cross. She generally refused all film offers - most
of them were small support roles. Instead of this she frequently appeared
on stage. In 1946 she returned to Europe again.
Her later parts at the theater weren't very successful and Lillian Harvey
retired from the film and theater business.
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