1883 - 1943
The actress Lotte Spira was born as Charlotte Andresen in Berlin.
She began her stage career in 1904 in Berlin where she had her first performance at the Lustspielhaus. It followed other engagements at different theaters in Berlin.
She entered the film business in 1923 with "Hallig Hooge" (23), it followed few more silent movies like "Das sonnige Märchen vom Glück" (24) and "Der falsche Prinz" (27).
She became a demanded support actress in the 30s and she appeared in front of the camera for numerous feature movies.
To her well-known works of those years belong "Liebeswalzer" (30), "Arme, kleine Eva" (31), "Stradivari" (35), "Lady Windermeres Fächer" (35), "Mädchenjahre einer Königin" (36), "Die Kreutzersonate" (37), "Streit um den Knaben Jo" (37), "Bel Ami" (39), "Frau am Steuer" (39), "Das Ekel" (39) and "Maria Ilona" (39).
Her last cinematical works came in the wartime of the 40s into being with "Links der Isar - rechts der Spree" (40), "Kora Terry" (40), "Sechs Tage Heimaturlaub" (41), "Zirkus Renz" (43) and "Die Frau meiner Träume" (44) which was released after her death.
Lotte Spira was married with the well-known actor Fritz Spira. Because he was a Jew the marriage was divorced by the pressure of the National Socialists. Fritz Spira fled but was arrested later and deported to a concentration camp where he was murderer. They had two daughters who became actresses too - Steffie and Camilla Spira. Because they were Half Jews their lifes were in danger as well. Camilla Spira was arrested in a transit camp but Lotte Spira claimed that she was the daughter of a extramartial affair and that her father was a Christian. So she was able to protect her from deportation.
When Lotte Spira learnt about the death of her former husband she died shortly afterwards at the age of only 60.