Brigitte Helm Movies and Career Information
Mar 17, 1908
Brigitte Helm (17 March 1908 – 11 June 1996) was a German actress, best-remembered for her dual role as Maria and her double, the Maschinenmensch, in Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis. Born Brigitte Eva Gisela Schittenhelm in Berlin, Helm essayed the role of Maria in Metropolis while still in her teens. After Metropolis, which was her second film, Helm made over thirty other films, including talking pictures, before retiring in 1936. Her other appearances film include The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927), Alraune (1928), L'Argent (1928), Gloria (1931), The Blue Danube (1932), L'Atlantide (1932), and Gold (1934). In 1935, angered by Nazi control of the German film industry, she moved to Switzerland where she later had four children with her second husband Dr. Hugo von Kuenheim, an industrialist. After her retirement from films she refused to grant any interviews concerning her film career. Helm was considered for the title role in Bride of Frankenstein before Elsa Lanchester was given the role.