Forgotten Stars

Carla Bartheel

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Carla Bartheel (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Carla Bartheel (1902–1983) was a German film star of the silent era who was brought to Hollywood in 1930 by First National Pictures to make three films for Warner Bros.: Der Tanz geht weiter (1930), Die Maske fällt (1931) and Dämon des Meeres (1931). In the early days of sound, the studios occasionally imported European […]

Forgotten Stars

Lissi Arna

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Lissie Arna (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Lissi Arna (1900-1964) On July 26, 1930, the Los Angeles Times reported  that popular German film actress Lissi (sometimes spelled Lissy) Arna was signed by First National Pictures to appear in one to six foreign language films in Hollywood.  The studio had also signed Carla Dartheel, Anton Pointner and Wilhelm Dieterle. That August, Arna arrived […]

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Elke Sommer – photos and quotes

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"You think I'm beautiful? No, I'm not. I am not beautiful. I don't even think, really, that I'm very attractive." -- Elke Sommer (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“You think I’m beautiful? No, I’m not. I am not beautiful. I don’t even think, really, that I’m very attractive.” — Elke Sommer Source: Bruce Chadwick (1987) Photo: Virgil Apger   “I think a woman to be feminine should be round. In Europe, men prefer a woman they can put their arms around and feel […]

Forgotten Stars

Dana Wynter

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Dana Wynter (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I think the start I had in television in America is something that never could have happened in England. But I’d rather not go into that matter too deeply. The British take a pretty dim view of such comments. They’ve been sniping at me for years now because I once said how much I loved […]

Forgotten Stars

Dita Parlo

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Dita Parlo

“I do not remember names and only some times faces but I always remember what people say.” — Dita Parlo Source: David P. Sentner (1932)     With director Robert Siodmak on the set of the French film Ultimatum (1938)

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Emil Jannings – photos and quotes

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Emile Jannings

“My experience in Italy in connection with the filming of ‘Quo Vadis’ convinced me that actors cannot work successfully in foreign lands with actors of other nationalities. Difficulties of language are such that there is no real understanding and the consequence is a lack of unity in the interpretation of the roles.” – Emil Jannings, […]