Petra Unkel

Petra Unkel (born 3 March 1925), also known as Petra Unkel-Klinder, is a former German film actress, voice actress and cabaret artist. She was born in Budapest, in what was then the Kingdom of Hungary, and was the daughter of tenor Peter Unkel (1880–1942).

Petra Unkel
Born (1925-03-03) 3 March 1925
Other namesPetra Unkel-Klinder
  • Film actress
  • voice actress
  • radio spokesperson
  • cabaret performer
Years active1928–1958 (film)[1]


Unkel became best known as a child star. She made her debut appearance on screen as a four-year-old during the silent film era, in Napoleon at Saint Helena, starring Werner Krauss as Napoleon. Her first starring role came three years after in the 1932, operetta film Melody of Love. Making the successful transition as an adult star, she appeared in films for the next four decades, with her final screen appearance in 1958.[2]

From 1946 she also appeared as a performer and singer in cabaret. As a voice artist she lent herself to becoming a radio spokeswoman, and provided voices for such stars as Nancy Olson, Bridgette Bardot and Micheline Presle. She also provided dubbing of American fellow child star Shirley Temple in the German version of the film Since You Went Away (1944).[3]

Selected filmography

See also

List of surviving silent film actors



  • Waldman, Harry. Nazi Films in America, 1933-1942. McFarland, 2008.
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