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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 March 1906Berlin, Germany
Date of Death 11 June 1996Ascona, Switzerland
Birth NameBrigitte Eva Gisela Schittenhelm

Mini Bio (1)

After her role in Metropolis (1927) she made a string of movies in which she almost always had the starring role, easily making the transition to sound films. Her last film was Ein idealer Gatte (1935) (An Ideal Spouse) in 1935.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dave Steup <orfila@aol.com>

Spouse (2)

Dr. Hugo von Kuenheim (1935 - ?) (4 children)
Rudolf Weissbach (? - ?) (divorced) (first)

Trivia (6)

Josef Von Sternberg's original choice for the starring role of The Blue Angel (1930) which went to Marlene Dietrich.
By the time she died in 1996, she had been long forgotten, unlike her jazz-age rival Marlene Dietrich.
Supposedly director James Whale's first choice for his The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). She refused to come to America.
Due to the coming of sound films and her disgust with Adolf Hitler's takeover of the German film industry, she retired to Switzerland in 1935 and never made another film. She lived out the rest of her life in quiet solitude repeatedly refusing to talk about her film career anywhere at any time.
Only German actress to date mentioned in the "In Memoriam" section during the telecast of the 69th annual Academy Awards in 1997. (June 2008).
Daughter of a Prussian Army officer. She had an ambivalent attitude towards acting on screen and was somewhat coerced into an audition, after her mother sent photographs of her to Fritz Lang's wife, the screenwriter Thea von Harbou. Though 'Metropolis' (1927) made her a star, she did not enjoy the experience of working under Lang and afterward refused to make another film with him. Helm was subsequently typecast as vamps and icy femmes fatale, an image which was cemented by 'Alraune' (1928). Her career went into decline after the coming of sound.

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