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Hildegard Knef (1925–2002)

Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef was born on December 28, 1925 in Ulm, Germany. In 1940, she began studying acting. Even before the fall of the Third Reich, she appeared in several films, but most of them were only released after the war. To avoid being raped by Soviet soldiers, she dressed like a young man and was sent to a camp for prisoners of ... See full bio »


(age 76) in Berlin, Germany

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 2001 Wie angelt man sich einen Müllmann? (TV Movie) (unfinished)
 1999 An Almost Perfect Wedding
Marlene Wolf-Schönberg - Hennys Tante
 1995 Peter Strohm (TV Series)
- Die Gräfin (1995)
 1994 Tödliches Erbe (TV Movie)
Lore Olmer
 1994 Die Stadtindianer (TV Series)
 1993 Berlin Break (TV Series)
Baroness von Althausen (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1992 Haus am See (TV Series)
Lilly Tüllmann
 1990 Ein Schloß am Wörthersee (TV Series)
Rutila von Greifenberg
- Adel verpflichtet zu nichts (1990) ... Rutila von Greifenberg
 1990 V comme vengeance (TV Series)
- Champ clos (1990) ... Gina
 1988 Witchery
Lady In Black
 1984 Flügel und Fesseln
Mutter Paula
 1984 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Princess Sophia Valosky
- Waiting for Godorsky (1984) ... Princess Sophia Valosky (as Hildegard Neff)
 1982 Der Gärtner von Toulouse
Frau Théophot
 1980 Warum die UFOs unseren Salat klauen
Peter's Mutter
 1979 The Old Fox (TV Series)
Erika Gerold
- Illusionen über einen Mord (1979) ... Erika Gerold
 1968 The Lost Continent
Eva Peters
 1967 The Dirty Dozen (uncredited)
 1966 Mrs. Dally (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dally
 1964 Condemned to Sin
 1964 Mark of the Tortoise
 1964 The Spy
Elinor van Berg (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1964 Mozambique
Ilona Valdez (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1963 Das große Liebesspiel
 1963 Curd Jürgens erzählt... (TV Series)
 1963 Ballad for a Hoodlum
Martha Schwartz (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1963 Three Penny Opera
Jenny Diver (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1963 Bluebeard
Mme X. / Madame Ixe (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1963 Catherine of Russia
Catherine the Great (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1962 Hypnosis
 1962 Laura (TV Movie)
Laura Hunt
 1962 Golden Boy (TV Movie)
Lorna Moon
 1960 Die geliebte Stimme (Short)
Die Frau
 1960 La strada dei giganti
Maria Luisa di Borbone (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Julia / Dinah
- The Violent Years (1959) ... Julia / Dinah
 1959 International Detective (TV Series)
Brenda Carrington
- The Carrington Case (1959) ... Brenda Carrington (as Hildergarde Neff)
 1959 Subway in the Sky
Lilli Hoffman (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1959 The Man Who Sold Himself
Martina Schilling
 1958 Port of Desire
Maria (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1958 Escape from Sahara
Madeleine Durand
 1954 Svengali
Trilby O'Farrall (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1954 Confession Under Four Eyes
Hilde Schaumburg-Garden
 1954 Bei Dir war es immer so schön
Cameo (uncredited)
 1954 A Love Story
Lili Schallweiß, Schauspielerin
 1953 The Man Between
Bettina Mallison (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1952 Illusion in Moll
Lydia Bauer
 1952 Holiday for Henrietta
Rita Solar (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1952 Night Without Sleep
Lisa Muller (as Hildegard Neff)
 1952 The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Countess Liz (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1952 Diplomatic Courier
Janine Betki (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1952 The Mistress
Inge Hoffmann
 1951 Decision Before Dawn
Hilde (as Hildegarde Neff)
 1951 Miracles Still Happen
Anita Weidner
 1951 Sunderin
 1948 Fahrt ins Glück
Susanne Loevengaard
 1948 Film Without a Name
Christine Fleming
 1947 Zwischen gestern und morgen
Das Mädchen Kat
 1946 Under the Bridges
Girl in Havelberg
 1945 Frühlingsmelodie
Zwilling ohne Leberfleck
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Other Works:

Stage: Starred with Don Ameche in the original Broadway production of Cole Porter's "Silk Stockings" in 1955. See more »

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13 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | 40 Pictorials | 63 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

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5' 6¼" (1.68 m)

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Hildegard trusted her clothing and gowns to one person who was based in New York. It was Irish-born Thomas Starr, grandfather of fashion designer Karen Starr-DelloIacono. See more »


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