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Wera Engels

Wera Engels was a daughter of a German Admiral and Governor of the then German colony Tsing-tau-China. After successful leading roles in productions of the well-established German UFA-studios in Babelsberg as well as in France, Engels was invited to Hollywood. Producers saw her as a cheap alternative to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. She was contracted with RKO. Engels was given roles under Walter Futter and M.H. Hoffman. She and the silent movie super star Mary Pickford became best friends. By 1935 she returned to Germany, but left soon thereafter, because of the decline of the German movie industry caused by the Nazi propaganda machine. Back in Hollywood, she dated Gary Cooper for a while but married the Lithuanian-born actor/writer Ivan Lebedeff. After Lebedeff's death in 1953 of Angina pectoris, she moved back to Europe, where she stayed with several friends in London and Stockholm before she went back to Germany. She lived the rest of her life with Erna Hoffmann (widow of Heinrich Hoffmann, Hitler's friend and personal photographer) in the Munich area. She died on November 16, 1988 (age 79) in Munich, Germany.

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May 12, 1909 In Kiel, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Mädchenhandel - Eine internationale Gefahr 1927-01-07
Latest Project:
Movie Talking About Jacqueline 1937-04-15
Known For
Poster of Hong Kong Nights
Poster of The Great Impersonation
Poster of Befehl zur Ehe
Poster of Lützow's Wild Hunt
Movie Talking About Jacqueline Jacqueline Topelius 1937-04-15
Movie Stjenka Rasin Prinzessin Dolgoruki 1936-05-01
Movie Sweepstake Annie Baroness Yvonne Baritska 1935-01-29
Movie The Great Impersonation Unknown 1935-12-08
Movie Hong Kong Nights Trina Vidor 1935-12-23
Movie Fugitive Road Sonya Valinoff 1934-08-22
Movie The Great Jasper Norma McGowd 1933-03-03
Movie Scent of the Woman in Black Edith Rance 1931-01-01
Movie Kinder des Glücks Unknown 1931-12-06
Movie Der Greifer Mabel 1930-09-10
Movie Das Spreewaldmädel Unknown 1928-04-18
Movie Befehl zur Ehe Unknown 1928-10-13
Movie Mädchenhandel - Eine internationale Gefahr Irene Wendtland 1927-01-07
Movie Hast Du geliebt am schönen Rhein? Ellen Shiffer 1927-11-07
Movie Lützow's Wild Hunt Unknown 1927-02-21