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Leni Riefenstahl (1902–2003)

Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With Fanck as her mentor, Riefenstahl began directing ... See full bio »

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 1954 Lowlands
Martha, eine spanische Betteltänzerin
 1933 S.O.S. Iceberg
Ellen Lawrence
 1933 S.O.S. Eisberg
Hella, seine Frau
 1931 White Ecstasy
 1929 White Hell of Pitz Palu
Maria Maioni
 1927 Der große Sprung
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Other Works:

Wrote "The Vanishing Africa" (1982). See more »

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4 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 2 Interviews | 11 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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[recalling at age 83 her 1936 film Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938), which identified her with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party] "They killed me then. I am a ghost." See more »


Ms. Riefenstahl lied about her age in 1973 to be passed an official licence to go deep-diving in the Pacific Ocean. She started collecting images of the underwater beauty then, and she did not stop when a shark showed his appreciation of her by head-butting her 3 times, as documented on a TV documentary in 2002. See more »

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