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Ossi Oswalda

Ossi Oswalda (born Oswalda Amalie Anna Stäglich, 2 February 1897 – 7 March 1947) was a German actress, who mostly appeared in silent films. She was given the nickname 'The German Mary Pickford' due to her popularity at the time. Oswalda trained as a ballerina and became a dancer for a theater in Berlin. She made her film debut in Richard Oswald's Nächte des Grauens (Night of Horrors) before being discovered by the actor and screenwriter Hanns Kräly, who in turn recommended her to director Ernst Lubitsch. During her early career, she starred in several films by Lubitsch, including The Merry Jail, I Don't Want to Be a Man, The Oyster Princess and The Doll. Her popularity at the time earned her the nickname 'The German Mary Pickford'. In 1921, Oswalda started her own film production company with her husband at the time, the Hungarian Baron Gustav Wilhelm Viktor Freiherr von Koczian-Miskolczy (1877–1958). However, during the next four years they only produced four films, all starring Oswalda. From 1925 on, she was contracted to Ufa. The couple divorced in 1925, and Oswalda began a high profile affair with Wilhelm, German Crown Prince. Oswalda's career waned along with the silent film era, and she only acted in two sound films, making her final appearance on screen in the 1933 film The Star of Valencia. She escaped Nazi Germany and emigrated to Prague with her partner Julius Aubenberg in the 1930s. Later on, she became a stage actor, and in 1943, wrote the screenplay for the Czechoslovakian film Čtrnáctý u stolu. By spring 1947, Oswalda went bankrupt and was suffering from multiple health problems. Oswalda died penniless in Prague at the age of 50. She is buried at Olsany Cemetery.

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Feb 2, 1897 In Berlin, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Shoe Palace Pinkus 1916-06-09
Latest Project:
Movie Der Stern von Valencia 1933-07-04
Known For
Poster of Der Stern von Valencia
Poster of Frühere Verhältnisse
Poster of The Girl with a Patron
Poster of A Night of Horror
Movie Der Stern von Valencia Rita 1933-07-04
Movie Der keusche Josef Unknown 1930-09-19
Movie Der Dieb im Schlafcoupée Unknown 1929-07-11
Movie Eddy Polo mit Pferd und Lasso Unknown 1928-03-16
Movie Sir or Madame Unknown 1928-11-13
Movie A Crazy Night Margot Olschinsky 1927-01-21
Movie Frühere Verhältnisse Pepi 1927-06-15
Movie Herrn Filip Collins Abenteuer Daisy Cuffler 1926-02-19
Movie Die Kleine vom Varieté Rositta, die Kleine vom Varieté 1926-10-25
Movie Gräfin Plättmamsell Unknown 1926-11-25
Movie Schatz, mach' Kasse Ossi 1926-11-25
Movie Express Train of Love Kitty 1925-05-06
Movie Niniche Niniche 1925-02-13
Movie The Girl with a Patron Unknown 1925-12-21
Movie Colibri Colibri 1924-03-01
Movie Das Mädel mit der Maske Hothilde van Erlenkamp 1922-02-24
Movie Die Wohnungsnot Frau 1920-02-06
Movie Hundemamachen Ossi 1920-02-13
Movie Meyer from Berlin Unknown 1919-01-17
Movie My Wife, the Movie Star Ossi, der Filmstar der Fabrik 1919-01-24
Movie Das Schwabenmädel Lorle Schmied 1919-02-21
Movie The Doll Ossi / The Doll 1919-12-05
Movie The Oyster Princess Ossi, his daughter 1919-06-16
Movie Prinz Sami Herzogin Maria 1918-01-01
Movie The Toboggan Cavalier Ossi Hannemann 1918-03-01
Movie The Ballet Girl Ossi, eine junge Tänzerin 1918-06-06
Movie I Don't Want to Be a Man Ossi 1918-10-01
Movie Ossis Tagebuch Ossi 1917-10-05
Movie A Night of Horror Unknown 1917-02-09
Movie When Four Do the Same Segetoffs Tochter 1917-11-16
Movie The Merry Jail Unknown 1917-11-30
Movie Shoe Palace Pinkus Apprentice 1916-06-09
Movie The Tenor, Inc. Sallys Cousin 1916-12-22