1907 - 1993
The actress Maria Solveg was born as Maria Stern in Niederschönhausen near Berlin. Her siblings were already active in artistic fields; her sister Gregola was a theater actress with the pseudonym Regula Keller, likewise her sister Johanna, who appeared as Johanna Hofer. Her sister Katharina was well-known as a dancer with the pseudonym Katta Sterna.
Maria Stern attended a ballet school and on tour in 1921 as a dancer
for a production of director Ernst Matray. With
her choice of her stage name she proved her sense of humour. Her father
was against her strive for a career at the theater and used to say:
IMaria Solveg soon had a well-known name as a dancer, later followed her first speech role on stage.
Maria Solveg made her film debut in "Das Blumenwunder" (24), it followed the movie "Die wunderlichen Geschichten des Theodor Huber" in the same year.
In 1927 she got married with Ernst Matray and they went to an USA tour. After their return she has a great success with the movie "Der Meister von Nürnberg" (27), which established her as successor of silent movie actresses who had made their marks. In the next years she appeared successful in the movies "Die Ehe" (29), "Der Sohn der weissen Berge" (30), "Der Weg nach Rio" (30), "Elisabeth von Österreich" (31), "Der Geheimagent" (32) and "Der Hexer" (32).
The married couple Matray had to emigrate from Germany in 1933 and they
went to Hollywood in 1934 where they tackled their second career.
To her well-known movies belong "Balalaika" (39), "The Hunchback of
Notre Dame - Der Glöckner von Notre Dame" (39), "Pride and Prejudice
- Stolz und Vorurteil" (40), "A Woman's Face - Erpressung" (41), "Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde - Arzt und Dämon" (41), "I Married an Angel" (42) and
"Random Harvest - Gefundene Jahre" (42).
In the 40's she found out her love writing stories and she committed first scripts to paper.
Maria Matray became an American citizen in 1953 and Ernst Matray got
a direction offer from Germany in the same year. They returned to their
home country and Maria Matray established her third career as writer for
During her work for the film "Wie ein Sturmwind" (57) she met the author
Anwald Krüger with whom she wrote many other scripts in the next 20
years, especially for television.
Her literary works comprise among others the movies "Der Fall Krantz"
(63), "Der Fall Harry Domela" (65), "Der Mann, der sich Abel nannte" (66),
"Das Millionending" (66), "Affäre Dreyfus" (68), "Der Senator" (68),
" Manolescu" (72), "Agent aus der Retorte" (72), "Auf Schusters Rappen"
(81) and "Gauner im Paradies" (85) as well as episodes for the series "Die
5. Kolonne", "Das Kriminalmuseum", "Sonderdezernat K1" and "Der Alte".
Other movies with Maria Matray: