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Maria Orska

Picture Maria Orska
Foto: Alexander Binder (1888-1929)

1893 - 1930

The actress Maria Orska was developed by Ferdinand Gregori in St. Petersburg in 1910 and she made her stage debut in Germany at the Hoftheater Mannheim. It followed theater engagements in Hamburg from 1911 and finally in Berlin from 1915 by the legendary Max Reinhardt.

She began her film career in the Middle of the 10's and worked till 1917 almost exclusively for the director Max Mack.
To her early movies belong "Dämon und Mensch" (15), "Der Sumpf" (16) and "Die schwarze Lo" (17).

She only appeared in few more movies in the 20's, so in "Die letzte Stunde" (20), "Die Bestie im Menschen" (21) and "Fridericus Rex" (23). After that she retired from the film business, afterwards she concentrated to the theater again.

Maria Orska committed suicide in 1930 at the age of 37 with an overdose of Veronal. This barbiturate was well-known among artists till to the 60s as an addictive but also suicide drug. 

Other movies with Maria Orska:
Das Geständnis der grünen Maske (16) Der Fakir im Frack (16) Der lebende Tote (16) Das tanzende Herz (16) Die Sektwette (16) Adamants letztes Rennen (17) Der Streik der Diebe (21)