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Camilla Horn

The daughter of a railroad official, Camilla Horn was educated in Germany and Switzerland. She initially trained as a dressmaker and received her first job experience in a fashion salon in Erfurt. This was merely a stepping stone for a performing career which began with dance lessons in Berlin and subsequent acting studies under Lucie Höflich. The lithe, blond and strikingly beautiful Camilla soon appeared in cabaret revues staged by Rudolf Nelson. By 1926, she was employed as an extra at Ufa, where she was spotted by the director F.W. Murnau, who found in her the ideal representation of Gretchen for his seminal production of Fausto (1926) . The role catapulted Camilla to instant stardom. Within a year, she was signed by United Artists in Hollywood, befriending Charles Chaplin and, more importantly, studio chairman Joseph M. Schenck. The friendship with Schenck may, or may not, have led to an affair -- depending on which story one is to believe -- but it did result in two high profile starring roles opposite John Barrymore in the torrid melodramas Tempestad (1928) and Amor eterno (1929), both produced by Schenck. Neither film was a commercial success. With the coming of sound, Camilla returned to Europe, briefly appearing on stage in London and Paris, before resuming her screen career in Germany. As the 1930's went on, she rarely turned down a role, playing anything from baronesses and fashion models, to vamps and 'fallen women'. The quality of her films was variable, but there were several noteworthy standouts, such as Hans in allen Gassen (1930) (opposite Hans Albers), Fiesta en palacio (1934) and Payasos (1938) (as a circus artiste, again with Albers). During this tumultuous decade, Camilla conducted a lengthy affair with the singer Louis Graveure, fifteen years her senior. This came to an end in 1938, when Graveure was suspected of espionage by the Gestapo and fled to England, via the Cote d'Azure. After her luxury villa in Berlin was ransacked in search for non-existent clues, Camilla's outspoken criticism of the Nazi regime reached a point where it got her into serious trouble. She saw out the first half of her career with a trio of long forgotten films made in Italy. Having failed in an attempt to flee to Switzerland, she kept a low profile and even tried her hand at farming. After the war, she had a stint as an interpreter for the occupying U.S. forces in Germany. Camilla made a successful return to the stage in a 1948 Frankfurt production of Jean Cocteau's "L'Aigle a Deux Tetes" (aka 'The Eagle Has Two Heads'). She spent the latter half of her acting career playing grand dames, matriarchs and worldly ladies with colourful backgrounds, in both films and on television. In 1974, she was awarded the 'Filmband in Gold' (also known as 'Lola') for lifetime achievement in the German film industry. In her 1985 autobiography, "Verliebt in die Liebe" ('In Love with Love'), she happily recounted her marriages and liaisons.

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Apr 25, 1903 In Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Los 5 Faust de F. W. Murnau 2002-11-26
Latest Project:
In the movie Ways to Strength and Beauty 1925-03-16
Known For
Poster of Immer bei Vollmond
Poster of Dreizehn Briefe
Poster of Die Erbin
Poster of Vertigine
Movie Los 5 Faust de F. W. Murnau Herself / Gretchen (archive footage)
Movie Wenn ich sonntags in mein Kino geh'... Herself
Movie Spiders Unknown
Movie Schloß Königswald Fürstin Großmutter
Movie Der Unsichtbare Olga Benjamin
Series The Black Forest Clinic Dr. Rens′ Mutter
Movie Frankies Braut Frau von Kieblitz
Series Bayerischer Filmpreis herself
Movie Immer bei Vollmond Wegelin's Mother
Movie He's at It Again Paula
Series Gestern gelesen Frau von Marwitz
Movie Appointment in Beirut Evelyn Brown
Series Dreizehn Briefe Frau Neumann
Movie Die Erbin Elizabeth Almond
Movie Vati macht Dummheiten Baronin von Baran
Movie Königin der Arena Diana Bianca, Dompteuse
Series German Film Awards herself
Movie Gesucht wird Majora Gritt Faller
Movie Intimitäten Helene
Movie Seine beste Rolle Elise Sander
Movie Vertigine Corinna Dellys, l'amante di Alberto
Movie Friedemann Bach Mariella Fiorini
Movie Die keusche Geliebte Renée Lemonier
Movie Die letzte Runde Lilly
Movie Herz ohne Heimat Dina Horster
Movie Polterabend Lissi
Movie Zentrale Rio Diane Mercier
Movie Roman eines Arztes Käthe Üding - seine Frau
Movie In geheimer Mission Marion
Movie Fahrendes Volk Pepita, Kunstreiterin
Movie Rote Orchideen Gräfin Ogolenska
Movie White Slaves Manja - seine Tochter
Movie Crooks in Tails Vera Dalmatoff
Movie Sein letztes Modell Maria Várady
Movie Der rote Reiter Hasia Nowrowska
Movie Ich sehne mich nach dir Ivonne Brandt
Movie Der letzte Walzer Vera
Movie A Waltz for You Fürstin Stefanie
Movie The Luck of a Sailor Louise
Movie Die große Chance Helga
Movie Der Doppelgänger Jenny Miller
Movie Wenn ich König wär Inge Winkler
Movie Racoczy-Marsch Vilma
Movie Money Governs the World Lilly
Movie Matinee Idol Sonia Vance
Movie Moral und Liebe Vera
Movie Der Frechdachs Alice Ménard
Movie The Return of Raffles Elga
Movie Die Nacht ohne Pause Letta Larbo
Movie I Go Out and You Stay Here Gaby, Mannequin
Movie Sonntag des Lebens Ellen Hobart
Movie The Song of the Nations Unknown
Movie Hans in allen Gassen Elisabeth, seine Braut
Movie The Great Longing Eva von Loe
Movie Die Königsloge Alice Doren
Movie Eternal Love Ciglia
Movie Tempest Princess Tamara
Movie Der fröhliche Weinberg Clärchen Gunderloch
Movie Jugendrausch Camille de Saxe
Movie Madame Wants No Children Unknown
Movie Faust Gretchen/ Marguerite
Movie Ways to Strength and Beauty Unknown