Lilia Skala (1896–1994)


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Born Lilia Sofer on November 28, 1896, and raised in Vienna, Austria, Lilia Skala's parents were Katharina Skala (Catholic) and Julius Sofer (Jewish). Her father worked as a manufacturers representative for the Waldes Kohinoor company. Lilia Skala had two sisters, Lisl (later known in the United States as Elizabeth Polk, later a renowned dance ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Flashdance Hanna Long
(1983)
Lilies of the Field Mother Maria
(1963)
House of Games Dr. Littauer
(1987)
Heartland Mrs. Landauer
(1979)

Filmography

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 1990 Men of Respect
Lucia
 1987 House of Games
Dr. Littauer
 1983 Testament
Fania
 1983 Flashdance
Hanna Long
 1983 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Mrs. Violetta Gelenko
- South Side Story (1983) ... Mrs. Violetta Gelenko
 1981 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 Mini 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)
Mudder
- 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 Straus
 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)
Nun
 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)
Anna
- 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)
 1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mrs. Klodt
- The Hiding Place (1960) ... Mrs. Klodt
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
Anna Dombrowsky
- An Eye for an Eye (1958) ... Anna Dombrowsky
 1957 Valiant Lady (TV Series)
Mme. Garstel (1957)
- Episode #1.1024 (1957) ... Mme. Garstel (1957)
- Episode #1.1023 (1957) ... Mme. Garstel (1957)
- Episode #1.1022 (1957) ... Mme. Garstel (1957)
- Episode #1.1021 (1957) ... Mme. Garstel (1957)
- Episode #1.1020 (1957) ... Mme. Garstel (1957)
 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)
Belgian
- 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 "With Liberty and Justice for All") / Rosica Schwimmer (segment "One Nation")
- With Liberty and Justice for All (1956) ... (segment "With Liberty and Justice for All")
- One Nation (1956) ... Rosica Schwimmer (segment "One Nation")
 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
 1955 Mr. Citizen (TV Series)
 1954-1955 Justice (TV Series)
Clemy
- The Fugitive (1954) ... Clemy
 1955 The Way of the World (TV Series)
Russian
 1951-1954 The Goldbergs (TV Series)
Mrs. Albert / Katie
- Episode dated 10 August 1954 (1954) ... Katie
- No Accent Mrs. Albert (1951) ... Mrs. Albert
- Tante Elka and the New Daughter-In-Law (1951) ... Mrs. Albert
- Molly Goes to the Hospital (1951) ... Mrs. Albert
 1954 Woman with a Past (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1954)
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Frau Goebbels
- The Last Days of Hitler (1954) ... Frau Goebbels
 1954 The Brighter Day (TV Series)
Mrs. Dunbar (1955)
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Countess Larisch
- The Riddle of Mayerling (1953) ... Countess Larisch
 1953 Studio One (TV Series)
 1953 You Are There (TV Series)
German Woman
 1953 Call Me Madam
Grand Duchess Sophie
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Mathilde
- The Great Silence (1953) ... Mathilde
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Mrs. Hoffman (1974)
 1952 Claudia: The Story of a Marriage (TV Series)
Bertha
 1951 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1951 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Magda Leshinsky (1969-1970)
 1950 Mama (TV Series)
Norwegian Operasinger
- Mama and the Operasinger (1950) ... Norwegian Operasinger
 1950 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
Greek Mother
- The Afternoon of a Faun (1950) ... Greek Mother
 1949 Theatre of Romance (TV Series)
Greek Mother
- The Afternoon of a Faun (1949) ... Greek Mother
 1949 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Nellie Rimpleger
- Three Cornered Moon (1949) ... Nellie Rimpleger
 1937 The Unexcused Hour (as Lilia Skalla)
 1936 Flowers from Nice (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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Alternate Names:

Lila Skala | Lilia Skalla | Lillia Skalla

Spouse:

Louis Erich Pollak (later Louis Erich Skala)  (his death)  (2 children)

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She was not shown in the "Memorial Tribute" at the 67th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in 1995, although she died in December 1994 and had been nominated for an Oscar in 1964 for her role in "Lilies on the Field". See more »

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