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Mady Christians

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Marguerita Maria "Mady" Christians (January 19, 1892 – October 28, 1951) was an Austrian actress and naturalized US citizen who had a successful acting career in theatre and film in the United States until she was blacklisted during the McCarthy period. She was born on January 19, 1892 to Rudolph Christians, a well-known German actor, and his wife, Bertha. Her family moved to Berlin when she was one year old, and to New York City in 1912, where her father became the Irving Place Theatre's general manager. Five years later she returned to Europe to study under Max Reinhardt. She appeared in a number of European films prior to the early 1930s. In 1929, she starred in the first full sound film made in Germany It's You I Have Loved. In 1933, she toured the United States in a play called Marching By and was offered a Broadway contract the following year that allowed her, like a number of other German artists, to seek refuge from the Nazi regime in the United States. On Broadway, Christians played Queen Gertrude in Hamlet and Lady Percy in Henry IV, Part I, staged by director Margaret Webster. Webster was part of a small but influential group of lesbian producers, directors, and actors in theater (a group that included Eva Le Gallienne and Cheryl Crawford). Webster and Christians became close friends: according to Webster biographer Milly S. Barranger, it is likely that they also were lovers. She also starred in Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine. She originated the title role in the 1944 play I Remember Mama. Her last movie roles were in All My Sons, based on the play by Arthur Miller, and Letter from an Unknown Woman, both released in 1948. During World War II, Christians was involved in political work on behalf of refugees, rights for workers (especially in theater and film), and Russian War relief, political efforts that would bring her to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other anti-communist institutions and organizations. In addition to her political work, Christians also publicly criticized the House Committee on Un-American Activities in early 1941 and likened the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee's investigation of propaganda in US film to Nazi harassment of film and radio artists in the 1930s. In 1950, the FBI's internal security division began investigating Christians, who had been identified as a "concealed communist" by a confidential informant. When Christians' name appeared in Red Channels, the so-called bible of the broadcast blacklist, her career was effectively over.

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Jan 19, 1892 In Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Nachtschatten 1918-01-01
Latest Project:
Series The Philco Television Playhouse 1948-10-03
Known For
Poster of Tender Comrade
Poster of Seventh Heaven
Poster of A Wicked Woman
Poster of The Finances of the Grand Duke
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie Letter from an Unknown Woman Frau Berndle 1948-04-28
Movie All My Sons Kate Keller 1948-05-01
Movie Tender Comrade Manya Lodge 1944-05-30
Movie Address Unknown Elsa Schulz 1944-06-01
Movie Seventh Heaven Marie 1937-03-25
Movie Heidi Dete 1937-10-15
Movie The Woman I Love Florence 1937-04-15
Movie Come and Get It Karie Linbeck 1936-11-06
Movie Escapade Anita 1935-07-05
Movie Ship Cafe Countess Boranoff 1935-11-09
Movie A Wicked Woman Naomi Trice, aka Naomi Stroud 1934-12-07
Movie Manolescu, der Fürst der Diebe Comtesse Maria Freyenberg 1933-03-17
Movie The Only Girl Kaiserin Eugenie 1933-02-22
Movie Salon Dora Green Dora Green 1933-02-22
Movie Frederica Friederike 1932-11-01
Movie The Black Hussar Marie Luise 1932-11-20
Movie Das Schicksal der Renate Langen Renate Langen 1931-02-11
Movie Leutnant warst Du einst bei deinen Husaren Königin Alexandra von Gregorien 1930-10-29
Movie The Burning Heart Dorothee Claudius 1929-02-16
Movie The Runaway Princess Princess Priscilla 1929-03-01
Movie Meine Schwester und ich 1929-08-27
Movie Dich hab’ ich geliebt Inge Lund 1929-11-30
Movie Eine Frau von Format Unknown 1928-09-12
Movie Fräulein Chauffeur Steffi Walker 1928-06-19
Movie The Duel 1928-10-10
Movie Grand Hotel...! 1927-09-05
Movie Der Sohn der Hagar Lore 1927-03-24
Movie Queen Louise Königin Luise 1927-12-22
Movie Nanette macht alles 1926-04-15
Movie The Waltz Dream Prinzessin Alix 1926-03-14
Movie Zopf und Schwert Unknown 1926-08-26
Movie Die geschiedene Frau 1926-10-08
Movie Die Welt will belogen sein Mery 1926-10-28
Movie Die Königin von Moulin Rouge die Herzogin 1926-10-04
Movie Wien, wie es weint und lacht Sefi 1926-09-15
Movie In the Valleys of the Southern Rhine Bettina von Wittelsbach 1925-01-01
Movie In the Slums of Berlin Regine Lossen 1925-08-28
Movie Der Farmer aus Texas Mabel Bratt 1925-10-21
Movie The Finances of the Grand Duke Großfürstin Olga von Rußland 1924-01-07
Movie Michael Woman (uncredited) 1924-09-26
Movie Mensch gegen Mensch Unknown 1924-12-02
Movie Soll und Haben Baroneß Leonore von Rothensattel 1924-10-09
Movie A Glass of Water 1923-02-01
Movie Der Wetterwart 1923-01-01
Movie Die Buddenbrooks Gerda Arnoldsen 1923-08-30
Movie The Lost Shoe Violante 1923-12-05
Movie The Loves of Pharaoh 1922-02-21
Movie Peter Voss, Thief of Millions Gert Nissen 1921-01-01
Movie Wer unter Euch ohne Sünde ist Unknown 1921-02-18
Movie Nachtschatten Unknown 1918-01-01