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Lil Dagover Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Madioen, Madioen, Dutch East Indies [now Madiun, East Java, Indonesia]
Died in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany
Birth NameMarie Antonia Siegelinde Martha Seubert

Mini Bio (1)

A prominent German film actress born on 30 September 1887 at Madiven, Java, the daughter of a forest ranger in the service of the Dutch authorities. Sent at the age of ten to Baden-Baden to study, she later entered the cinema thanks to her marriage in 1917 to the actor Fritz Dagover who was 25 years her senior. They divorced in 1919 but not before he had introduced her to director Robert Wiene and other notables of German cinema. She made her screen debut in Fritz Lang's Harakiri (1919). Immediately after she appeared in Wiene's classic expressionist film, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (aka The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)). Apart from three trips -- one to Sweden in 1927, another to France in 1928-9 and one to Hollywood in 1931 -- most of Lil Dagover's career and fate was linked to that of the German cinema, where her role was usually that of the frail, menaced heroine. She continued to star in a great number of films during the Nazi era. Among her best performances were her roles in Der Kongreß tanzt (1931), in Gerhard Lamprecht's The Higher Command (1935) and in Veit Harlan's The Kreutzer Sonata (1937). She also acted in the Deutsches Theatre Berlin, the Salzburg Festival, at forces shows and at war theaters. At one time, she was reported to have been a close friend of Adolf Hitler. In 1944, she received the War Merits Cross. Dagover continued her career in post-war Germany, playing many supporting parts until the late 1970s.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (2)

Georg Witt (1926 - 16 March 1973) (his death)
Fritz Daghofer (1917 - 1919) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (14)

Throughout her career, Dagover misrepresented her age, claiming to be ten years younger than she actually was. It was not until after her death that a childhood friend confirmed her true age.
Ex-mother-in-law of Géza von Radványi.
Mother, with 'Fritz Daghofer',of daughter Eva Daghofer.
Gave birth to her only child, a daughter Eva Maria Daghofer, in 1919. Child's father is her first husband, Fritz Daghofer.
In 1962, Lil Dagover was awarded the Bundesfilmpreis. In 1964, she was awarded the Bambi annual television and media award from Hubert Burda Media, and the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1967.
While Dagover's films of the period were decidedly apolitical, she was known to be one of Adolf Hitler's favorite film actresses and Dagover is known to have been a dinner guest of Hitler on several occasions.
In 1961 she achieved a great succès d'estime with her role as a eccentric old woman in the Edgar-Wallace adaption "Die seltsame Gräfin" - a role type which she also impersonated more and more at the stages too.
In 1979, she published her autobiography, Ich war die Dame (English: I Was The Lady).
In 1897, when she was ten, her parents sent her back to Europe to continue her education in boarding schools in Baden-Baden, Weimar and Geneva, Switzerland. Orphaned at the age of 13, she spent the rest of her adolescence with friends and relatives.
After her return to Germany and the rise of the Third Reich in 1933, she avoided overt political involvement and generally appeared in popular costume musicals and comedies during World War II. However, in 1937, she received the State Actress award, and in 1944 she was awarded the War Merits Cross for entertaining Wehrmacht troops on the Eastern Front in 1943 and 1944 on the German occupied Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.
Dagover died at the age of 92, on January 24, 1980, in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and was buried at the Waldfriedhof Grünwald cemetery, in Munich.
In 1926 she married film producer Georg Witt, who would produce many of Dagover's future films. The couple would remain married until Witt's death in 1972.
In 1925 she made her stage debut under the direction of Max Reinhardt. In the following years she played in Reinhardt's Deutsches Theater in Berlin and also at the Salzburg Festival.
After some appearances on TV she was once more engaged for the screen in the 70's where she especially got grateful roles under the direction of Maximilian Schell.

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