Valerie Boothby

Valerie Boothby (born Wally Drucker; 18 October 1904[1][2] – 14 April 1982) was a German actress and painter.

Valerie Boothby
Wally Drucker

18 October 1904
Died14 April 1982 (aged 77)
Resting placeNeuer Friedhof Harburg, Harburg, Hamburg, Germany
Other namesContessa Valerie Boothby-Colonna
Years active1926–1931


Valerie Boothby was born Wally Drucker on 18 October 1904 in Hamburg-Mitte, Hamburg, in what was then the German Empire, although some sources list her birth year as 1906.[3][4] Her father was Ernst Drucker (1855–1918), an actor and theater owner.[5] She was the oldest of three daughters[6] and was of Jewish ancestry.

She made her film debut in 1926 in The Clever Fox, directed by Conrad Wiene, and went on to appear in 22 more films, mainly typecast as a vamp, before retiring in 1931.

Upon the rise of the Nazis in 1933, Boothby left Berlin and settled in France. She also lived in Cairo, Egypt for 15 years before returning to Hamburg in 1970, where she died on 14 April 1982. She is buried at Neuer Friedhof Harburg in Harburg, Hamburg, Germany. She was married to a noble Italian lawyer.

Selected filmography


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