Lilli Palmer (1914–1986)

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A charming, elegant, and exceedingly popular international film star with a gentle, understated beauty, actress Lilli Palmer was born as Lilli Marie Peiser on May 24, 1914, in Posen, Prussia. She was the daughter of Rose Lissman, an Austrian Jewish actress, and Alfred Peiser, a German Jewish surgeon. In addition to her native German, she grew up ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Anastasia: The Czar's Last Daughter Anna Anderson (Die Unbekannte)
The Four Poster Abby Edwards
Mädchen in Uniform Elisabeth von Bernburg
Adorable Julia Julia Lambert


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 2018 The Other Side of the Wind
Zarah Valeska
 1986 Peter the Great (TV Mini Series)
- Part IV (1986) ... Natalya
- Part III (1986) ... Natalya
- Part II (1986) ... Natalya
- Part I (1986) ... Natalya
 1985 The Holcroft Covenant
Althene Holcroft
 1982 Eine etwas sonderbare Dame (TV Movie)
 1982 Imaginary Friends (TV Movie)
Ellen Pitblado
 1982 High Society Limited
 1981 Kinder (TV Movie)
 1981 Sarah in America (TV Movie)
Sarah Bernhardt
 1980 Weekend (TV Movie)
Schauspielerin Judith Bliss
 1980 Kaninchen im Hut und andere Geschichten mit Martin Held (TV Movie)
Hanna Bergmann (ep. 'Kaninchen im Hut')
 1978 The Boys from Brazil
Esther Lieberman
 1975 Lotte in Weimar
Charlotte Buff Kestner
 1974 Derrick (TV Series)
Martha Balke / Johanna Jensen
- Johanna (1974) ... Martha Balke / Johanna Jensen
 1974 The Zoo Gang (TV Series)
Manouche 'The Leopard' Roget
- The Twisted Cross (1974) ... Manouche 'The Leopard' Roget
- The Counterfeit Trap (1974) ... Manouche 'The Leopard' Roget
- The Lion Hunt (1974) ... Manouche 'The Leopard' Roget
- African Misfire (1974) ... Manouche 'The Leopard' Roget
- Mindless Murder (1974) ... Manouche 'The Leopard' Roget
 1972 What the Peeper Saw
Dr. Viorne
 1971 Der Kommissar (TV Series)
Hilde Laresser
- Grau-roter Morgen (1971) ... Hilde Laresser
 1971 Murders in the Rue Morgue
Mrs. Charron
 1970 Hauser's Memory (TV Movie)
Anna Hauser
 1970 Only the Cool
Helen Winckler
 1969 The House That Screamed
Sra. Fourneau
 1969 De Sade
Mme de Montreuil
 1969 Hard Contract
 1968 The High Commissioner
Sheila Quentin
 1968 Oedipus the King
 1968 Sebastian
Elsa Shahn
 1967 The Diary of Anne Frank (TV Movie)
Edith Frank
 1967 Jack of Diamonds
Lilli Palmer
 1967 The Dance of Death
 1966 Father's Trip
Isabelle Quantin
 1966 Congress of Love
Princess Metternich
 1966 An Affair of States
Olga Nikolaijewna
 1965 God's Thunder
Marie Brassac
 1965 Operation Crossbow
 1964 Le grain de sable
Anna-Maria di Scorza
 1963 And So to Bed
 1963 Torpedo Bay
Dr. Lygia da Silva
 1963 Miracle of the White Stallions
Vedena Podhajsky
 1962 Sex Can Be Difficult
Hilde Brenner (segment "Il serpente")
 1962 Adorable Julia
Julia Lambert
 1962 Le rendez-vous de minuit
Eva Khrolic alias Anne Leuven
 1962 The Counterfeit Traitor
Frau Marianne Möllendorf
 1962 Dark Journey
Eva Grosgeorges
 1961 Frau Cheneys Ende
Frau Cheney
 1961 The Pleasure of His Company
Katharine Dougherty
 1960 Conspiracy of Hearts
Mother Katharine
 1960 Mrs. Warren's Profession
Mrs. Kitty Warren
 1959 But Not for Me
Kathryn Ward
 1958 Life as a Couple
Odette de Starenberg
 1958 Mädchen in Uniform
Elisabeth von Bernburg
 1958 Montparnasse 19
 1958 Eine Frau, die weiss, was sie will
Julia Klöhn -Lehrerin & Angela Cavallini - ihre Großmutter
 1957 The Glass Tower
Katja Fleming
 1957 Tempestuous Love
Marianne Eichler
 1956 Between Time and Eternity
Nina Bohlen
 1956 Anastasia: The Czar's Last Daughter
Anna Anderson (Die Unbekannte)
 1956 The Taming of the Shrew (TV Movie)
 1956 Teufel in Seide
Melanie Simrock Ritter
 1954 Fireworks
Iduna Obolsky
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Stacy Lawrence
- Lady of the Orchids (1954) ... Stacy Lawrence (as Lili Palmer)
 1953 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Chrystal Weatherby
- The Man in Possession (1953) ... Mrs. Chrystal Weatherby
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Lilli Palmer
 1952 Omnibus (TV Series)
Anne Boleyn (segment "The Trial of Anne Boleyn")
- The Trial of Anne Boleyn (1952) ... Anne Boleyn (segment "The Trial of Anne Boleyn")
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Three Hours Between Planes (1952) ... Nancy
 1952 The Four Poster
Abby Edwards
 1951 The Lilli Palmer Show (TV Series)
Host (1951)
 1951 The Long Dark Hall
Mary Groome
 1950 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Molly Collicutt
- The Uncertain Molly Collicutt (1950) ... Molly Collicutt
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Mildred Plotka / Lily Garland
- The Twentieth Century (1949) ... Mildred Plotka / Lily Garland
 1949 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Comic Strip Murder (1949) ... Julia
 1949 Wicked City
Tania - la gitane
 1948 No Minor Vices
April Aswell
 1948 My Girl Tisa
Tisa Kepes
 1947 Body and Soul
Peg Born
 1946 Cloak and Dagger
 1946 Beware of Pity
Baroness Edith de Kekesfalva
 1945 Notorious Gentleman
Rikki Krausner
 1944 Her Man Gilbey
Brigid Knudsen
 1943 The Gentle Sex
Erna Debruski
 1942 Thunder Rock
Melanie Kurtz
 1940 Chamber of Horrors
June Lansdowne
 1939 Blind Folly
 1939 One Night, One Day... (TV Movie)
 1939 Take Two Eggs (TV Short) (as Lily Palmer)
 1939 A Girl Must Live
Clytie Devine
 1939 Little Ladyship (TV Movie)
 1939 Suicide Legion
Gelda Sponek
 1938 The Man with 100 Faces
Baroness Von Haltz
 1938 Bath H. & C. (TV Short) (as Lily Palmer)
 1938 S-s-s-h! The Wife! (TV Short)
The Wife (as Lily Palmer)
 1938 Moving Furniture (TV Short) (as Lily Palmer)
 1938 Starlight (TV Series)
- Richard Hearne (1938) ... (as Lily Palmer)
 1937 Command Performance
 1937 Silent Barriers
 1937 Good Morning, Boys
 1936 Where There's a Will
Undetermined (uncredited)
 1936 Secret Agent
 1936 The First Offence
 1936 Wolf's Clothing
 1936 Crime Unlimited
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Show Show Soundtrack (7 credits)
Show Show Self (59 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (13 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "The Good Fairie" in "The Love Of Four Colonels". See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | 6 Pictorials | 10 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

L.M. Lismann | Hermann Lissmann | Lili Palmer | Lily Palmer


5' 3½" (1.61 m)


Carlos Thompson  (her death) | See more »


Carey Harrison


Dr. Alfred Peiser | Rose Lissman


Irene Prador (sibling)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Gary Cooper] Naturally I never took my eyes off him during the first few weeks of shooting. He was the ideal movie actor. There was something unassailable about him, a dignity which he never lost even in the most commonplace pictures.


Wrote a novel Night Music published in 1983 and her autobiography, Change Lobsters and Dance. See more »

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