Ossi Oswalda

Ossi Oswalda (2 February 1897 – 7 March 1947), born Oswalda Stäglich in Niederschönhausen, was a German actress, who mostly appeared in silent films. She was given the nickname 'The German Mary Pickford' due to her popularity at the time.[1]

Ossi Oswalda
Born(1897-01-02)2 January 1897
Died7 March 1947(1947-03-07) (aged 50)
Other namesOswalda Stäglich
OccupationActress
Years active1916–1933

Career

Oswalda trained as a ballerina and became a dancer for a theater in Berlin. She made her film debut in Richard Oswald's Nächte des Grauens (Night of Horrors) before being discovered by the actor and screenwriter Hanns Kräly, who in turn recommended her to director Ernst Lubitsch. During her early career, she starred in several films by Lubitsch, including The Merry Jail, I Don't Want to Be a Man, The Oyster Princess and The Doll. Her popularity at the time earned her the nickname 'The German Mary Pickford'.

In 1921, Oswalda von Koczian-Miskolczy started her own film production company with her husband at the time, Gustav Wilhelm Viktor Freiherr von Koczian-Miskolczy (1877–1958). However, during the next four years they only produced four films, all starring Oswalda. From 1925 on, she was contracted to Ufa. 1926 the couple that had married 20 November 1919 divorced.

Oswalda's career waned along with the silent film era, and she only acted in two sound films, making her final appearance on screen in the 1933 film The Star of Valencia. Later on, she became a stage actor, and in 1943, wrote the story for the Czechoslovakian film Čtrnáctý u stolu. Oswalda died in the most miserable condition in Prague at the age of 50.

Filmography

References

  1. Cyranos. "Ossi Oswalda". Cyranos. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
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