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Lilia Skala (1896–1994)

Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Lilia Skala would become a star on two continents. In pre-World War II Austria she starred in famed Max Reinhardt's stage troupe, and in post-war America she would become a notable matronly, award-worthy character star on Broadway and in films. Forced to flee her Nazi-occupied homeland with her Jewish husband and... See full bio »

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Lilies of the Field
Lilies of the Field Mother Maria
Flashdance Hanna Long
House of Games
House of Games Dr. Littauer
Heartland Mrs. Landauer


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 1990 Men of Respect
 1987 House of Games
Dr. Littauer
 1983 Testament
 1983 Flashdance
Hanna Long
 1983 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Mrs. Violetta Gelenko
- South Side Story (1983) ... Mrs. Violetta Gelenko
 1982 The End of August
Mlle. Reisz
 1979 Heartland
Mrs. Landauer
 1979 Sooner or Later (TV Movie)
Grandma Esther
 1977 Roseland
Rosa (The Peabody)
 1976 Eleanor and Franklin (TV Series)
Mlle. Souvestre, school headmistress
- Episode #1.2 (1976) ... Mlle. Souvestre, school headmistress
- Episode #1.1 (1976) ... Mlle. Souvestre, school headmistress
 1975 Deadly Hero
Mrs. Broderick
 1975 Fay (TV Series)
Fay's Mother
- Mom's Realization (1975) ... Fay's Mother
 1972 Probe (TV Movie)
Frieda Ullman
 1972 McCloud (TV Series)
Eugenia Rudell
- Fifth Man in a String Quartet (1972) ... Eugenia Rudell
 1969 Green Acres (TV Series)
- Lisa's Mudder Comes for a Visit (1969) ... Mudder
 1968 The Sunshine Patriot (TV Movie)
Dr. Novack
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Madame Orlov
- The White Birch (1968) ... Madame Orlov
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
Sister Agatha
- Split Second to an Epitaph: Part 2 (1968) ... Sister Agatha
- Split Second to an Epitaph: Part 1 (1968) ... Sister Agatha
 1968 Charly
Dr. Anna Strauss
 1967 Caprice
Madame Piasco
 1967 Ironside (TV Movie)
Sister Agatha
 1967 I Spy (TV Series)
Sister Superior
- Get Thee to a Nunnery (1967) ... Sister Superior (as Lila Skala)
 1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Sister Marthe
- The Duel at Mont Sainte Marie (1966) ... Sister Marthe
 1965 Ship of Fools
Frau Hutten
 1965 Who Has Seen the Wind? (TV Movie)
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Frieda Schmidt
- One of the Family (1965) ... Frieda Schmidt
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Lina Rosetti
- Their Own Executioners (1964) ... Lina Rosetti
 1964 Suspense (TV Series)
- I, Christopher Bell (1964) ... Anna
 1963 Lilies of the Field
Mother Maria
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Clara Solasky
- The Trial of Twenty-Two (1963) ... Clara Solasky
 1961-1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Valeria Lapesku / Anna Bognar
- ..And If Any Are Frozen, Warm Them!.. (1962) ... Valeria Lapesku
- Economy of Death (1961) ... Anna Bognar
 1960 Moment of Fear (TV Series)
- The Accomplice (1960)
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
Anna Dombrowsky
- An Eye for an Eye (1958) ... Anna Dombrowsky
 1954-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Madame Muller
- The Largest City in Captivity (1957) ... Madame Muller
 1953-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Madame Zoffany / The Housekeeper
- The Last Act (1957) ... Madame Zoffany
- A Bouquet for Caroline (1953) ... The Housekeeper
 1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
- Mayerling (1957)
 1953-1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Honored Guest (1956)
- End of a Mission (1954) ... Belgian
- Grass Roots (1953)
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Amish Woman
- The Shunning (1956) ... Amish Woman
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Rose Welinski (1985)
 1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment) / Rosica Schwimmer (segment)
- With Liberty and Justice for All (1956) ... (segment)
- One Nation (1956) ... Rosica Schwimmer (segment)
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Van Vlick
- A Patch of Faith (1956) ... Mrs. Van Vlick
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Mrs. Weiss
- Finley's Fan Club (1956) ... Mrs. Weiss
 1953-1955 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Frieda / Queen Ann of Denmark / Czech / ...
- Once a Genius (1955) ... Frieda
- The King's Bounty (1955) ... Queen Ann of Denmark
- A Seacoast in Bohemia (1955) ... Czech
- Camille (1954) ... Prudence
- Papa Was a Sport (1954)
 1955 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Magda Nagy
- A.W.O.L. (1955) ... Magda Nagy
 1954-1955 Justice (TV Series)
- The Fugitive (1954) ... Clemy
 1955 The Way of the World (TV Series)
 1954 The Brighter Day (TV Series)
Mrs. Dunbar (1955)
 1951-1954 The Goldbergs (TV Series)
Katie / Mrs. Albert
- Episode dated 10 August 1954 (1954) ... Katie
- No Accent Mrs. Albert (1951) ... Mrs. Albert
 1954 Woman with a Past (TV Series)
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Frau Goebbels
- The Last Days of Hitler (1954) ... Frau Goebbels
 1953 Valiant Lady (TV Series)
Mme. Garstel (1957)
 1953 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Mama Jolie Gabor
- Episode #4.2 (1953) ... Mama Jolie Gabor
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Countess Larisch
- The Riddle of Mayerling (1953) ... Countess Larisch
 1953 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
 1953 You Are There (TV Series)
German Woman
 1953 Call Me Madam
Grand Duchess Sophie
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- The Great Silence (1953) ... Mathilde
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Mrs. Hoffman (1974)
 1952 Claudia: The Story of a Marriage (TV Series)
 1951 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1951 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Magda Leshinsky (1969-1970)
 1950 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
Greek Mother
- The Afternoon of a Faun (1950) ... Greek Mother
 1950 Mama (TV Series)
Norwegian Operasinger
- Mama and the Operasinger (1950) ... Norwegian Operasinger
 1949 Theatre of Romance (TV Series)
Greek Mother
- The Afternoon of a Faun (1949) ... Greek Mother
 1949 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Nellie Rimpleger
- Three Cornered Moon (1949) ... Nellie Rimpleger
 1937 Unentschuldigte Stunde (as Lilia Skalla)
 1936 Blumen aus Nizza (as Lilia Skalla)
 1936 Mädchenpensionat
Fräulein Hell
 1933 Madame Wants No Children (uncredited)
 1931 Man braucht kein Geld (uncredited)
 1931 Purpur und Waschblau
Leonore von Cadour - Hofdame der Fürstin (as Lillia Skalla)
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During the Nazi invasion of the late 1930s, Lilia's Jewish husband was arrested at one point and placed in a Viennese detention center. He was rescued by Lilia when she went to the prison and bribed the prison guards to let him go with a gold cigarette box. Her husband managed to escape over the border that same evening but was forced to leave behind Lilia and their two young sons. Lilia and her ... See more »

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