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Lil Dagover

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Actress Lil Dagover was born in Java to a Dutch family working in that country. She was educated in Baden-Baden and Weimar, Germany. While pursuing an acting career she married a much-older stage performer, Fritz Daghofer. The marriage was brief but it did give Lil her professional last name, which she respelled. Somewhat reminiscent of American film star Theda Bara in her dark-lined makeup and florid acting mannerisms, Dagover was ideal for the surrealistic ambience of her first important film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919), and soon other European actresses were adopting Lil's heavy-lidded, highly stylized technique. Ms. Dagover was a particular favorite of director Fritz Lang, who cast the actress in such exotic silent classics Die Spinnen [Spiders] (1919), Destiny (1921) and Dr. Mabuse der Spieler (1922). Lil made one American film, Warner Bros.' The Woman From Monte Carlo (1931) -- yet another attempt by Hollywood moguls to create a "new" Greta Garbo, even though Dagover preceded Garbo by nearly a decade. Returning to Germany, Dagover avoided overt political involvement during the Third Reich, concentrating on harmless costume musicals and comedies during World War II. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she managed to retain her stature in the post-war years. Lil Dagover's final appearance was a small part in the German-Italian co-production End of the Game (1976)--an appropriate title for the climax of nearly half a century's worth of film roles.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Streit um den Knaben Jo (Strife Over the Boy Jo)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Maja zwischen zwei Ehen
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Bismarck
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Das Mädchen Irene (The Girl Irene)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Kleine Residenz (The Little Residence)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Dreiklang (Triad)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Lady Windermeres Fächer (Lady Windermere's Fan)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Umwege zum Glück
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Rosen im Herbst
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Friedrich Schiller - Der Triumph Eines Genies
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Hungarian Rhapsody (ungarische Rhapsodie)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Schlußakkord (Final Accord)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Der geheime Kurier (The Secret Courier)
  • Actor
2010
60% End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman)
  • Mrs. Gastman
1975
No Score Yet Karl May
  • Bertha von Suttner
1974
No Score Yet Der Fußgänger (The Pedestrian)
  • Frau Eschenlohr
1973
No Score Yet Strange Countess
  • Countess Moron
1961
No Score Yet The High Command
  • Madame Martin
1938
No Score Yet Die Kreutzersonate (The Kreutzer Sonata)
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Fridericus
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Congress Dances
  • The Countess
1931
No Score Yet Der weiße Teufel (The White Devil)
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet Monte-Cristo
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet The Maelstrom of Paris (Le Tourbillon de Paris)
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet Zur Chronik von Grieshuus (The Chronicles of the Gray House)
  • Barbara
1925
80% Tartuffe
  • Elmire
1925
89% Destiny (Der müde Tod)
  • ZobeideTiaotsien
1924
No Score Yet Phantom
  • Marie Starke
1922
93% Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit) (Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime)
  • Actor
1922
100% The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)
  • Jane
1920
No Score Yet Spiders, Part 2: The Diamond Ship (Spinnen, 2. Teil - Das Brillantenschiff, Die)
  • Actor
1920
No Score Yet Spiders, Part 1: The Golden Lake (Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See)
  • Actor
1919
No Score Yet Harakiri
  • Actor
1919
No Score Yet Hans engelska fru (His English Wife)
  • Actor

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