Olga Tschechowa

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Birthday: Apr 26, 1897
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The "Grande Dame of German Film," blonde, dignified Olga Tschechowa (born Von Knipper) hailed from a family of painters, singers, and authors that included the famed Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, her uncle. A student of Konstantin Stanislavski, she was briefly married to her cousin, the actor Michael Chekhov, but her ambitions were not fulfilled until after escaping the Bolshevik revolution in favor of Berlin. Discovered by Ufa boss Eric Pommer, Tschechowa became a major international star in F.W. Murnau's Haunted Castle (1921; aka Schloss Vogelöd) and only cemented her status in the incredibly popular Die Drei von der Tankstelle (The Three From the Gas Station; 1930). The following year she did the German-language version of Malcolm St. Clair's The Boudoir Diplomat in Hollywood but preferred to work in Europe. Max Ophüls' early masterpiece Liebelei (1933), for which she earned the best reviews of her long career, was made shortly before the Nazis took over control of the German film industry and nothing would ever be the same again. Although apolitical and quite publicly expressing her fondness for American-style comedies and musicals, Tschechowa could not escape appearing in several of the so-called "Friedrich-Filme," heavy-handed sturm-und-drang melodramas glorifying 18th century Prussian ruler Frederick the Great and much beloved by the political hierarchy. She survived such less-than-savory screen assignments and the inevitable fall of the Third Reich and remained successful through the immediate postwar era -- where she augmented her fortune by establishing a cosmetic empire -- retiring solely "because I didn't want to spoil the illusion of all those people who admired me." A chance to work with her famous niece Vera Tschechowa led to an appearance in the 1971 television series Duell zu Dritt (Duel for Three) and renewed popularity with a postwar generation for whom she had become little more than a dim memory.

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No Score Yet Parkstrasse 13 Actor 2015
No Score Yet Zwei Krawatten Actor 2014
No Score Yet Verliebtes Abenteuer Actor 2014
No Score Yet Reise In Die Vergangenheit Actor 2013
No Score Yet Das Madchen Mit Dem Guten Ruf Actor 2013
No Score Yet Die Unheimlichen Wuensche Actor 2013
No Score Yet Zwei Frauen Actor 2012
No Score Yet Heideschulmeister Uwe Karsten (The Country Schoolmaster) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Masquerade in Vienna (Maskerade) Actor 2000
No Score Yet Bel Ami Actor 1939
No Score Yet Liebelei (Flirtation) (Light O'Love) (Playing at Love) Baronin von Eggresdorf 1936
No Score Yet Die Ewige Maske (The Eternal Mask) Mme. Negar 1935
No Score Yet Three Good Friends (Die Drei von der Tankstelle) Edith von Turoff 1931
No Score Yet Liebling der Götter (Darling of the Gods) Actor 1930
No Score Yet Mary Actor 1930
No Score Yet Moulin Rouge Parysia 1928
No Score Yet An Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie) (The Horse Ate the Hat) Anais Beauperthuis 1928
No Score Yet Liebeshölle (Pawns of Passion) Actor 1928
No Score Yet Schloß Vogeloed, (The Haunted Castle) Baronin Safterstaedt 1921

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