Tala Birell

Tala Birell (10 September 1907 – 17 February 1958) was a Romanian[note 1][2][note 2][3] stage and film actress.

Tala Birell
Tala Birell in She's Dangerous (1937)
Natalie Bierle[1]

(1907-09-10)10 September 1907
Bucharest, Romania
Died17 February 1958(1958-02-17) (aged 50)
Resting placeCemetery of Marquartstein
OccupationFilm actress
Years active19261955

Early years

Birell was born Natalie Bierle.[2]


Birell had stage and screen experience in Vienna. She doubled for Marlene Dietrich in German films.

The Oakland Tribune reported that Birell "made her debut in a hit in a Berlin production of Madame Pompadour."[4] She came to England in 1930 to appear in E. A. Dupont's Menschen im Käfig, the German language version of Cape Forlorn, and later went to America to play in the German version of The Boudoir Diplomat.[5] Star of stage in Europe, she became popular in American films, including a small role in Bringing Up Baby (1938).

In 1940 she appeared onstage in My Dear Children at the Belasco Theatre in New York City. She also appeared on Broadway in Order Please (1934).[6] One of her final on-camera appearances was on the popular 1953 US anthology drama television series Orient Express in the episode titled The Red Sash.[7]

She is buried in the Bavarian village Marquartstein in a family tomb.



  1. The reference book Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins identifies Birell as a Polish-Austrian actress.
  2. A feature about Birell that was published in the Oakland Tribune on April 14, 1935, quotes her as saying "I am Viennese—with a dash of Polish."


  1. Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 112.
  2. Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 62. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  3. Rook, Lyle (April 14, 1935). "Truth About Glamour". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. p. 58. Retrieved June 26, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "Many Rivals for 'The Great Garbo'". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. January 3, 1932. p. 59. Retrieved June 26, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "Youngsters To Be Given Opportunity In 1932 Pictures". The Daily Times. Iowa, Davenport. December 19, 1931. p. 8. Retrieved June 26, 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "Tala Birell". Playbill. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  7. "Classic Images Magazine". Retrieved August 1, 2010.
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