Irene von Meyendorff
1916 - 2001
The actress Irene von Meyendorff was born as baroness Irene Isabella Margarete Pauline Caecila von Meyendorff. When the revolution broke out in Russia, her family fled to Germany where Irene von Meyendorff lived in Weimar with her mother.
She went to Berlin at the beginning of the 30's in order to work as a cutter for the Ufa. But thanks to her charisma she was engaged as an actress for an unimportant adventure movie called "Die letzten Vier von Santa Cruz" (35). No one expected the Irene von Meyendorff would become a star with this role but her personality was settled in the awareness of the audience with this production.
In the next years followed many movies like "Verräter" (36), "Zwei Frauen" (38), "Schneider Wibbel" (39), "Frau Luna" (41), "Einmal der liebe Herrgott sein" (42), "Wen die Götter lieben" (42), "Opfergang" (44) and "Kolberg" (45).
When she attracted attention by Joseph Goebbes she rebuffed him with the words "You would degrade me and you would degrade yourself". It's told that the phrase "Bock von Babelsberg" for Goebbels was also coined by her.
She was able o continue her career smoothly after the war and was active in the film business till the beginning of the 70's. To her post-war movies belong "Film ohne Titel" (48), "Epilog" (50), "Rittmeister Wronski" (54), "Bildnis einer Unbekannten" (54), "Die Botschafterin" (60), "Mayerling" (68) and "Il gesto" (73).
Irene von Meyendorff was married three times.
When she met the British actor James Robertson Justice in 1961 she left
her second husband and went to England where she got the British nationaliy
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