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Overview (3)

Born in Temesvar, Austria-Hungary [now Timisoara, Timis, Romania]
Died in Nyack, New York, USA  (pneumonia)
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Zita Johann was born on July 14, 1904 in Temesvar, Austria-Hungary. She was an actress, known for The Mummy (1932), The Sin of Nora Moran (1933) and Tiger Shark (1932). She was married to Bernard E. Shedd, John McCormick and John Houseman. She died on September 20, 1993 in Nyack, New York, USA.

Spouse (3)

Bernard E. Shedd (19 April 1941 - ?) ( divorced)
John McCormick (9 July 1935 - 15 July 1938) ( filed for divorce)
John Houseman (1929 - 13 September 1933) ( divorced)

Trivia (11)

She by whom the title character, played by Boris Karloff, was enthralled in The Mummy (1932).
She was married and divorced twice more after John Houseman.
Before acting in a scene she would pray.
She was a strong woman in Hollywood and once phoned up a major studio executive to ask why he made such rubbish.
Acted on Broadway from 1924-1942. Appeared in 12 major productions.
In February 1933, the car Johann was driving was hit by John Huston and she sustained minor injuries. A little over 6 months later, Huston was involved in another accident that killed dancer Tosca Roulien.
During WWII, she raised money for war-related charities, and organized shows for American soldiers. In later years, she worked with disturbed children and gave private acting lessons.
She moved to New York City with her family when she was 7, and appeared in high school plays. She had roles in touring productions of "Peer Gynt," "The Devil's Disciple" and "He Who Gets Slapped." She made her Broadway debut in 1924 in the Theater Guild's production of "Man and the Masses.".
She turned down the lead in the 1929 version of "Showboat" in favor of appearing in a Broadway play along with Clark Gable.
She asked RKO to be released from her contract with the studio when they tried to make her appear in what she considered a tawdry melodrama, "Thirteen Women.".
She was given an MGM contract with a script approval clause but turned down every script offered to her. She reportedly said Io production head Irving Thalberg, "Why do you make these awful pictures?.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Boris Karloff] He had the saddest eyes I'd ever seen. Whatever his pain was, it was very deep and very real.

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