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Lilli Palmer (1914–1986)

A charming, elegant, and exceedingly popular international film star with a gentle, understated beauty, actress Lilli Palmer was born as Lilli Marie Peiser on May 24, 1914, in Posen, Prussia. She was the daughter of Rose Lissman, an Austrian Jewish actress, and Alfred Peiser, a German Jewish surgeon. In addition to her native German, she grew up ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 1986 Peter the Great (TV Mini-Series)
 1985 The Holcroft Covenant
Althene Holcroft
 1983 Imaginary Friends (TV Movie)
Ellen Pitblado
 1982 High Society Limited
 1981 Kinder (TV Movie)
 1980 Weekend (TV Movie)
Schauspielerin Judith Bliss
 1978 The Boys from Brazil
Esther Lieberman
 1974 Derrick (TV Series)
Martha Balke / Johanna Jensen
- Johanna (1974) ... Martha Balke / Johanna Jensen
 1972 What the Peeper Saw
Dr. Viorne
 1971 Der Kommissar (TV Series)
Hilde Laresser
- Grau-roter Morgen (1971) ... Hilde Laresser
 1971 Murders in the Rue Morgue
Mrs. Charron
 1970 Hauser's Memory (TV Movie)
Anna Hauser
 1970 Only the Cool
 1969 De Sade
Mme de Montreuil
 1969 The House That Screamed
Sra. Fourneau
 1968 Nobody Runs Forever
Sheila Quentin
 1968 Sebastian
Elsa Shahn
 1967 Jack of Diamonds
Lilli Palmer
 1966 Father's Trip
Isabelle Quantin
 1966 Congress of Love
Princess Metternich
 1966 An Affair of States
Olga Nikolaijewna
 1965 God's Thunder
Marie Brassac
 1965 Operation Crossbow
 1964 Le grain de sable
Anna-Maria di Scorza
 1963 Das große Liebesspiel
 1963 Torpedo Bay
Lygia da Silva
 1963 Miracle of the White Stallions
Vedena Podhajsky
 1962 Sex Can Be Difficult
Hilde Brenner (segment "Il serpente")
 1962 The Counterfeit Traitor
Frau Marianne Möllendorf
 1962 Dark Journey
 1961 Le rendez-vous de minuit
Eva / Anne Leuven
 1961 The Pleasure of His Company
Katharine Dougherty
 1960 Conspiracy of Hearts
Mother Katharine
 1959 But Not for Me
Kathryn Ward
 1958 Life Together
Odette de Starenberg
 1958 Eine Frau, die weiss, was sie will
Julia Klöhn, Lehrerin & Angela Cavallini, ihre Großmutter
 1957 The Glass Tower
Katja Fleming
 1957 Tempestuous Love
Marianne Eichler
 1956 Between Time and Eternity
Nina Bohlen
 1956 Teufel in Seide
 1954 Fireworks
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Stacy Lawrence
- Lady of the Orchids (1954) ... Stacy Lawrence (as Lili Palmer)
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Lilli Palmer
 1953 The Lilli Palmer Show (TV Series)
Host (1951)
 1952 Omnibus (TV Series)
Anne Boleyn
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Three Hours Between Planes (1952) ... Nancy
 1951 The Long Dark Hall
Mary Groome
 1950 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Molly Collicutt
- The Uncertain Molly Collicutt (1950) ... Molly Collicutt
 1949 Wicked City
Tania - la gitane
 1949 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Comic Strip Murder (1949) ... Julia
 1948 My Girl Tisa
Tisa Kepes
 1944 Her Man Gilbey
Brigid Knudsen
 1943 The Gentle Sex
Erna Debruski
 1940 Suicide Legion
Gelda Sponek
 1939 Blind Folly
 1939 One Night, One Day... (TV Movie)
 1939 Take Two Eggs (TV Short) (as Lily Palmer)
 1939 Little Ladyship (TV Movie)
 1938 The Man with 100 Faces
Baroness Von Haltz
 1938 Bath H&C (TV Short) (as Lily Palmer)
 1938 S-s-s-h! The Wife! (TV Short)
The Wife (as Lily Palmer)
 1938 Moving Furniture (TV Short) (as Lily Palmer)
 1938 Starlight (TV Series)
- Richard Hearne (1938) ... (as Lily Palmer)
 1937 Command Performance
 1937 Silent Barriers
 1936 Secret Agent
 1936 Wolf's Clothing
 1936 The First Offence
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Sam Behrman's play, "No Time for Comedy," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Rex Harrison, Diana Wynyard, Elisabeth Welch, Walter Fitzgerald, and Denys Blakelock in the cast. Harold French was director. Gladys Calthrop was designer. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Article | 2 Pictorials | 10 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

L.M. Lismann | Hermann Lissmann | Lili Palmer | Lily Palmer

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Personal Quote:

[on Gary Cooper] Naturally I never took my eyes off him during the first few weeks of shooting. He was the ideal movie actor. There was something unassailable about him, a dignity which he never lost even in the most commonplace pictures.


Second child of Dr. Alfred Peiser, a German Jewish surgeon, and Rose Lissman, an Austrian Jewish actress. She had two sisters, Irene and Hilde. See more »

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