Lilian Harvey Movies and Career Information

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Jan 19, 1906

Lilian Harvey (born Lilian Helen Muriel Pape January 19, 1906 – July 27, 1968) was a British-born German actress and singer. Lilian Harvey was born in Hornsey, North London. Her mother was English and her father was a German businessman. At the beginning of World War I they were living in Magdeburg and were unwilling and unable to return to England, so Harvey was sent to live with an aunt at Solothurn in Switzerland. After her graduation from school in 1923, she began her career by attending the dance and voice school of the Berlin State Opera. In 1924, Lilian Harvey received her first role as the young Jewish girl "Ruth" in the film Der Fluch directed by Robert Land. Subsequently, she starred in many silent films. In 1925, she was cast in her first leading role in the film Leidenschaft. Because of her training as a singer, Harvey was able to pursue a successful acting career during the initial talkie era of the early 1930s. Her first movie with Willy Fritsch was Die keusche Susanne in 1926. Harvey and Fritsch became the "dream couple" of German movies in the early 1930s with the romantic love story Liebeswalzer. They starred in a total of 11 movies together, and Harvey was called

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