1911 - 1988
The actress Brigitte Horney conquered the German film world of the 30's with her unique erotical charisma and could act in many rewarding movies.
She began her career with lessons for expressive dance by the legendary Mary Wigman, and at the same time she took acting lessons by the actress Ilka Grüning.
When she won the Max-Reinhardt up-and-coming prize she was engaged by
Siodmak for the movie "Abschied" (30).
She continued her film career with "Fra Diavolo" (31), "Rasputin" (32) and "Ein Mann will nach Deutschland" (34) before she could celebrate her first personal triumphe with "Liebe, Tod und Teufel" (34). It followed the productions "Savoy-Hotel 217/Mord im Savoy" (36), the English movies "The House of the Spaniard" (36) and "Secret Lives" (37) as well as "Der Katzensteg" (37), "Anna Favetti" (38) and "Befreite Hände" (39).
When Brigitte Horney appeared at Joachim Gottschalk's side in the movie
"Du und ich" (38) there came a splendid cooperation into being and they
took part successful in other movies. They acted together in "Aufruhr in
Damaskus" (39), "Eine Frau wie Du" (39) and eventually "Das Mädchen
von Fanö" (40).
Brigitte Horney took only part in few more movies till the end of war, so in "Illusion" (41), the large-scale production "Münchhausen" (43) and in "Am Ende der Welt" (44) before she went to Switzerland with her husband, the Russian cinematographer Konstantin Irmen-Tschet. There she came down with tuberculosis and the newspaper hasty announced her death in 1946.
After the war she first acted in Zurich and Basel, first movies followed
in Austria. The post-war film offered her - with few exceptions - no demanding
roles. In 1952 she moved to the USA where she got married Hanns Swarzenski
and got the American nationality.
She only took part in three feature movies in the 60's - the successful production "Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen" (60), "Das Erbe von Björndal" (60) and "Ich suche einen Mann" (66). Apart from that she concentrated to the theater and television.
In the 70's and 80's there were above all serials in which she became
very popular again for a new audience. Especially the wonderful serial
"Jakob und Adele" (83-86) with a great Carl-Heinz Schroth but also the
serials "Tom Sawyer" (79), "Teufels Grossmutter" (85) and "Das Erbe de
Guldenburg" (86-88) brought her once more a late success.
Other movies with Brigitte Horney: