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Overview (3)

Born in Dahlem, Germany
Died in Hamburg, West Germany  (cancer)
Nickname Biggy

Mini Bio (1)

Brigitte Horney was born on March 29, 1911 in Dahlem, Germany. She was an actress, known for Jakob und Adele (1982), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943) and Liebe, Tod und Teufel (1934). She was married to Hanns Swarzenski and Konstantin Irmen-Tschet. She died on July 27, 1988 in Hamburg, West Germany.

Spouse (2)

Hanns Swarzenski (1953 - 22 June 1985) ( his death)
Konstantin Irmen-Tschet (2 November 1940 - 1952) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Husky voice, high cheekbones, dark hair and eyes

Trivia (15)

Daughter of Karen Horney, a German psychoanalyst, and Oscar Horney, an industrial from Berlin.
Moved to the United States after her mother`s death to open the Karen Horney clinic in New York City, in honor of her achievements, and finally became US citizen (1953).
Attended acting classes at the Ilka-Grüning-Schule in Berlin.
Is interred in the cemetery of Weilheim-Wilzhofen.
Was a left hander.
One of the great German actresses, she received an Honorary Bambi award in 1965 for her impressive career and her performances that have "graced the screen".
Was awarded the Max Reinhardt Prize in 1930 as best up-and-coming actress, presented by Reinhardt himself.
Got her first film role after being screen-tested by the Robert Siodmak at Ufa in mid-1930. She was subsequently cast in Abschied (1930).
Her second husband, Hanns Swarzenski, was curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Lived for several years in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Her favorite hobby was collecting books about fables and fairy tales.
She was a close friend of the actor Joachim Gottschalk. His suicide in 1943 affected her so much, that she began to suffer from severe asthma attacks and forced to undergo treatment in Davos, Switzerland. As a result, she made no further film appearances after The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943) until two years after the war.
Has been described as a cross between Zara Leander and Marlene Dietrich.
Studied dancing under Mary Wigman.
After her success in Liebe, Tod und Teufel (1934), she was offered a five-year contract by Ufa, which she turned down, preferring to chose roles which she deemed suitable.

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