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Hella Moja

Picture Hella Moja
Foto: Alexander Binder (1888-1929)

1896 - 1937 (or 1951)

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The actress Hella Moja was born as Helene Morawsky or Helene Schwerdtfeger in Ciemin-Zab. in Russia, there are different information about her birthyear. She belonges to the most successful actresses of the 10's. She soon had her own Moja serial and she was able to found her own film company.

Before she was able to conquer the world of film she worked as a writer for the Ullstein- and Scherl company. Finally she took acting lessons, among other by the great actress Frida Richard and made first acting experiences at the Lessing theater.

When she was spotted by Alwin Neuss for the film this marked a rapid increase of her popularity.
To her early movies belong "Der Weg der Tränen" (16), "Der Schwur der Renate Rabenau" (16), "Die Fremde" (17) and "Das verwunschene Schloss" (18).

The interest of the audience for Hella-Moja movies faded slowly in the 20's. She only appeared in few movies like "Abgrund der Seele" (20), "Gräfin Walewska" (20), "Der Mann um Mitternacht" (24) and "U 9 Weddigen" (27) before her screen career was finally finished because of the sound film era.

When the National Socialist came into power there was a heavy time for Hella Moja because she wasn't able to prove her Aryan origin. She changed her name into Helka Moroff in 1934, later into Hella Sewa.
Because she wasn't tolerable for the stage too she had to fight her way through as a prompter at the Stadttheater Kiel, an activity she practised from 1942 to 1951. At the end Hella Moja committed suicide in 1951.

Besides her activity as an actress she also wrote some scripts for movies.

The year of her death is not really clear. On one hand there should exist news of her death in a newspaper in 1937, on the other hand resources say that she changed her name several times in the years 1934, 1937 and 1942 which makes more confusing. 
 

Other movies with Hella Moja:
Der Krieg versöhnt (15) Die weisse Rose (15) Das Spiel mit dem Tode (15) Streichhölzer, kauft Streichhölzer (16) Komtesse Hella (16) Der Tod des Erasmus (16) Wer küsst mich? (17) Das Mädel von nebenan (17) Die gute Partie (17) Die Tochter der Gräfin Stachowska (17) Und wenn ich lieb', nimm dich in acht (17) Wenn die Lawinen stürzen (17) Die Königstochter von Travankore (17) Wie die Rose im Morgentau (17) Die Augen von Jade (18) Nur ein Schmetterling (18) Weine nicht, Mutter (18) Wundersam ist das Märchen der Liebe (18) Heide-Gretel (18) Vor den Toren des Lebens (18) Unter fremden Willen (18) Tausend und eine Frau (18) Sie und Er (18) Inge (18) Das Spiel von Liebe und Tod (19) Das Werkzeug des Cosimo (19) Mein Mann - der Nachtredakteur (19) Glasprinzessin (20) Die Tänzerin von Tanagra (20) Der Vampyr (20) So ein Mädel (20) Figaros Hochzeit (20) Schatten einer Stunde (20) Aschermittwoch (21) Die Abenteuer der schönen Dorette (21) Das schöne Mädel (22) Der schwarze Montag (22) Felicitas Grolandin (22) Ihre letzte Dummheit (24) Die Strasse des Vergessens (25) Des Lebens Würfelspiel (25) Düstere Schatten des Vergessens (26) Die Warenhausprinzessin (26) Der falsche Prinz (27) Das Karussell des Todes (28) Drei Tage auf Leben und Tod (29) Der Liebesmarkt (30) Student sein, wenn die Veilchen blühen (30) Namensheirat. Diskretion Ehrensache (30) Die andere Seite (31) Hermine und die sieben Aufrechten (34) Die vier Musketiere (34)


 
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