1913 - 2004
The actress Marika Rökk was born as Marie Karoline Rökk in Cairo. When the family moved to Budapest she took dance lesson in her childhood. In 1924 she intensified her dance career in Paris and joined the ballet company Hoffmann. With the company she got an engagement at Moulin Rouge in the same year. It followed appearances on Broadway and she went on tour through the USA before the company broke up in 1925.
From 1929 Marika Rökk began to appear on stage as a singer and dancer in revues and operettas in whole Europe.
She began her film career in England with the movies "Kiss Me, Sergeant"
(30) and "Why Sailors Leave Home" (30). After that followed a movie in
Hungary called "Kisertetek Vonata - Geisterzug" (33).
Marika Rökk soon became a leading star of the National Socialist Germany and could count on an experienced team with which she shot most of her movies. First of all director Georg Jacoby, who she got married in 1940 but also cinematographer Konstantin Irmen-Tschet, filmcomposer Franz Grothe and Peter Kreuder as well as choreographer Sabine Ress.
To her well-known movies till the end of war belong "Der Bettelstudent" (36), "Gasparone" (37), "Hallo Janine" (39), "Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht" (39), "Kora Terry" (40), "Frauen sind doch bessere Diplomaten" (41) and "Die Frau meiner Träume" (44). Together with the actor Johannes Heesters they created a dream pair.
The movies, which were created from the same model, enjoyed a great
popularity and were continued in the 50's.
Afterwards she only appeared seldom on the big screen and she turned
to the stage again.
Other movies with Marika Rökk: