BiographyBorn Grethe Gerda Kornstädt in Stettin (now Szczecin), it starts to turn in 1928 and is made famous to Germany, in particular in films of Hans Schwarz.
It tries to make career with the the United States but makes only two small films, Honor off the Family in 1931 and Mr. Broadway in 1933. It must play in the adaptation of Heart off Darkness of Joseph Conrad by Orson Welles, but the film is not done.
It is in France that it finds its roles most outstanding by playing Juliette in Atalante (1934) of Jean Vigo, and Elsa, Allemande who collects the escaped prisoners in the Great Illusion (1937) of Jean Renoir. Its almost childish freshness and its serious glance make an unforgettable actress of it.
When the Second world war bursts, it cannot turn any more to France because of its German nationality, and it refuses to return to Germany. Between 1944 and 1946, it is placed of camp in camp (Drancy, Poitiers) because Allemande, and obtains a withdrawal of case in the file of her activities during the war only in 1949. She marries the same year Pasteur Franck Gueutal, and turns then only in two films ( Justice is made and the Queen of spades ). She dies in 1971 with Paris.
Selective catalog of films
- Song of the prisoner , Joe May, 1928.
- Shéhérazade (film) or Mysteries of the East , Alexandre Volkoff, 1928.
- Ungarische Rhapsody , of Hans Schwarz, 1928.
- Melody of Herzen , Hans Schwartz, 1929.
- With the happiness of the ladies (film) , of Julien Duvivier according to With the happiness of the ladies , 1929.
- Die Heilige Flame , of William Dieterle and Berthold Viertel, 1931.
- Atalante , of Jean Vigo, 1934.
- Abduction , of Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1934.
- the Great Illusion , of Jean Renoir, 1937.
- the Business of the mail of Lyon , Claude Autant-Lara and Maurice Lehmann, 1937.
- Miss Doctor (Salonique, nest of spies) of Georg Wilhelm Pabst, with Louis Jouvet, 1937.
- Ultimatum of Robert Wiene, with Erich von Stroheim, 1938.
- the Street without joy , of Andre Hugon, 1938.
- the Gold of Cristobal , of Jacques Becker, 1940.
- Justice is made , of André Cayatte, 1950.
- the Queen of spades (film) , of Léonard Keigel according to the Queen of spades , with Michel Subor, 1965.
AnecdotesIts pseudonym inspired Madonna for the first name of the narrator in her song “Erotica”, and the pseudonym of Dita von Teese.
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