Brigitte Helm

Actor
An alluringly beautiful German actress, Brigitte Helm made her best-remembered impression with her striking if sometimes overwrought debut performance as both the innocent heroine Maria and her scheming robot double in ... Read more »
Born: 03/17/1906 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Actor (4)

Metropolis 1925 (Movie)

Robot Maria (Actor)

Abwege (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Alraune (Movie)

Alma/Alraune ten Brinken (Actor)

Gold (Movie)

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Biography

An alluringly beautiful German actress, Brigitte Helm made her best-remembered impression with her striking if sometimes overwrought debut performance as both the innocent heroine Maria and her scheming robot double in Fritz Lang's memorable, trailblazing science-fiction epic, "Metropolis" (1926). She would play many vamp and femme fatale roles over the next decade, her icy but sensuous quality helping making her one of Germany's most popular stars of the late silent and early sound years. Helm was the original choice for the role of cabaret singer Lola Lola in "The Blue Angel" (1930) even though her persona was not typically so earthy; when she turned Joseph von Sternberg down he subsequently turned to the more suitably cast Marlene Dietrich. Years later James Whale, recalling her Maria, considered her for the title role of his brilliant horror film, "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), but the more appropriate Elsa Lanchester finally played the part.

Relationships

Father
served in Prussian army died when Helm was a child

Daughter
father, Dr Hugo Von Kuenheim

Son
had three, including one named Matthius father, Dr Hugo Von Kuenheim

Hugo Von Kuenheim

Husband
angered by Nazi control of the German film industry, moved to Switzerland where she later had 4 children with second husband Dr. Hugo Kunheim who she married in 1935

Rudolf Weissbach

Husband
first husband divorced

Milestones

1941

Left Germany and moved to Italy with her husband; later returned after WWII was over

1935

Retired from acting when she married; last film, "Ein idealer Gatte"

1932

Made one film in England, "The Blue Danube", directed by Herbert Wilcox

1927

First film with director G.W. Pabst, "The Loves of Jeanne Ney"

1926

Debut as film actress in Lang's "Metropolis"

Acted in plays while in boarding school

"Discovered" when Helm's mother sent a photograph of her to Thea von Harbou, a screenwriter married to director Fritz Lang; signed to a contract by Ufa, the leading German film studio

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