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Overview (4)

Born in Görz, Istria, Austria-Hungary [now Gorizia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy]
Died in Santiago, Chile  (suicide)
Birth NameEleonora Hermina Gregor
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nora Gregor was an operetta diva, stage and film actress. She made her debut in Graz, Austria, and from there went to the Volksbühne an das Raimund-Theater in Vienna. She also worked at the Reinhardt Bühne in Berlin. From 1930 to 1933 she lived in Hollywood and also in Berlin. She made her first silent movie in 1921 and her first talkie in 1930 (Olympia (1930)). In 1937 she worked at the Burgtheater in Vienna and emigrated to Switzerland, France and Chile, where she died in Vino del Mare.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rudi Polt / rudipolt@aol.com

Spouse (2)

Prince Ernst Ruediger von Starhemberg (2 December 1937 - 20 January 1949) ( her death) ( 1 child)
Mitja Nikisch (192? - 193?) ( divorced)

Trivia (10)

Gave birth to her only child at age 33, a son Prince Heinrich Rüdiger Karl Georg Franciscus von Starhemberg (aka Heinrich Starhemberg) on October 4, 1934. He died on January 30, 1997. Child's father is her second husband, Prince Ernst Ruediger von Starhemberg.
The actress Nora Gregor started her film career at the beginning of the 20's.
Her first husband was Mitja Nikisch, a pianist and son of celebrated orchestral conductor Arthur Nikisch. They divorced circa 1934.
In 1938, the Starhembergs emigrated to France through Switzerland, and her husband joined the Free French forces; cut off from their money and eighty family estates, they were supported for a period by Starhemberg's close friend Friedrich Mandl, the Austrian armaments magnate. In 1942, the Starhembergs moved to Argentina.
After a short excursion to Germany she played in the movie "But the Flesh Is Weak" (1932) in the USA again.
She was born Eleonora Hermina Gregor to Austrian Jewish parents.
In the mid 1930s Gregor became the mistress of the married vice chancellor of Austria, the Austro-fascist, nationalist politician Prince Ernst Ruediger von Starhemberg, with whom she had a son, Heinrich (1934-1997). On 2 December 1937, five days after the prince's marriage to his first wife, the former Countess Marie-Elisabeth von Salm-Reifferscheidt-Raitz, was annulled, he and Gregor wed in Vienna.
She went back to Europe and worked in Germany and Austria before she had to flee from Europe in 1938 together with her husband Ernst Rüdiger Fürst Starhemberg.
Reportedly depressed since the beginning of her South American exile, Gregor committed suicide in Viña del Mar, Chile.
Nora Gregor found herself in the USA when sound films replaced the silent cinema and she appeared in MGM's German language versions of The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929), under the direction of Jacques Feyder in Olympia (1930), the German language version of His Glorious Night (1929), and with Buster Keaton in Wir schalten um auf Hollywood (1931). the German language version of Free and Easy (1930). With a difficult to understand Austrian accent, a few too many pounds that were impossible to hide, and no longer on the sunny side of 30, she failed to click in her singular English language feature at MGM, But the Flesh is Weak (1932) and returned to Europe.

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