Hildegard Knef

Lowest Rated: 73% Fedora (1978)
Birthday: Dec 28, 1925
Birthplace: Ulm, Württemberg, Germany
Hildegard Knef was born in 1925 in the South German city of Ulm. In 1940, she began studying acting. Even before the fall of the Third Reich she appeared in several films, but most of them were only released after the war. To avoid being raped by Soviet soldiers she dressed like a young man and was sent to a camp for prisoners of war. She escaped and returned to war-shattered Berlin where she played her first parts on stage. The first German movie after WW II, Mörder sind unter uns, Die (1946) (The Murderers Are Among Us), made her a star. David O. Selznick invited her to Hollywood and offered her a contract - with two conditions: Hildegard Knef should change her name into Gilda Christian and should pretend to be Austrian instead of German. She refused both and returned to Germany. In 1951 she provoked one of the greatest scandals in German film history when she appeared naked on the screen in the movie Sünderin, Die (1951) . The Catholic Church protested vehemently against that film but Hildegard just commented: "I can't understand all that tumult - five years after Auschwitz!" With the support of her first husband, the American Kurt Hirsch , she tried a second time to launch a Hollywood career, changed her family name from Knef to Neff (because Americans couldn't pronounce Knef), but the only worthwhile part she got was a supporting role in the Hemingway adaptation of The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952). She became a leading lady in German, French and British films. Finally America offered her another chance, this time on the stage. She achieved a kind of stardom as Ninotchka in the very popular Broadway play, "Silk Stockings". In 1963, she began a new career as a singer and surprised the audience with her typical, deep, smoky voice and the fact that many lyrics of her songs were written by herself. In 1970, she wrote the autobiographical bestseller Der Geschenkte Gaul. She got sympathy from all over the world for her fight against cancer, which she defeated several times. After the German reunification, she moved back to Berlin. Date of Death:1 February 2002, Berlin, Germany. (lung infection)

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Nachts auf den Straßen (The Mistress) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Fahrt ins Glück Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Gift Horse (Hilde) Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Jeder stirbt für sich allein (Everyone Dies Alone) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Die Sünderin (Sunderin) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Es geschehen noch Wunder (Miracles Still Happen) Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Future of Emily Actor 1984
73% Fedora Countess Sobryanski 1978
No Score Yet The Lost Continent Eva Peters 1968
No Score Yet Mark of the Tortoise (Wartezimmer Zum Jenseits) Actor 1964
No Score Yet A Love Story (Eine Liebesgeschichte) Actor 1958
No Score Yet Svengali Actor 1955
No Score Yet The Man Between Actor 1953
No Score Yet Diplomatic Courier Actor 1952
100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro Countess Liz 1952
No Score Yet Film Without Title (Film Ohne Titel) Actor 1950
80% Murderers Are Among Us (Die Mörder sind unter uns) Actor 1946


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