Lilian Harvey

Actress + Singer
Born Jan 19, 1906

Lilian Harvey was a British-born actress and singer, long-based in Germany, where she is best known for her role as Christel Weinzinger in Erik Charell's 1931 film Der Kongress tanzt.

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1906 Birth Born on January 19, 1906.


1923 17 Years Old After the war, the Papes lived in Berlin, where Lilian took her high-school diploma (Abitur) in 1923. … Read More
1924 18 Years Old After an engagement as a revue dancer in Vienna in 1924, Harvey received her first movie role as the young Jewish girl "Ruth" in the Austrian film The Curse directed by Robert Land. … Read More
1925 19 Years Old In 1925, she was cast in her first leading role in the film Leidenschaft by Richard Eichberg, side by side with Otto Gebühr. … Read More


1926 20 Years Old Her first movie with Willy Fritsch was the operetta film Die keusche Susanne in 1926. … Read More
1931 25 Years Old In 1931, Harvey played the leading part in the film Der Kongreß tanzt (The Congress Dances); her song Das gibt's nur einmal written by Werner R. Heymann became a most popular melody. … Read More
1935 29 Years Old In 1935, Lilian Harvey returned to Germany. … Read More


1937 31 Years Old In June 1937 Harvey had helped the choreographer Jens Keith, prosecuted under Paragraph 175, by posting a bail for him. … Read More
1939 33 Years Old In 1939, Harvey was forced to leave Germany herself, leaving her real-estate fortune, which was confiscated; she was to be deprived of her German citizenship in 1943 because she had performed for French troops. … Read More
1940 34 Years Old There, she made two movies in 1940 - Sérénade and Miquette (her last), both directed by Jean Boyer.
1942 36 Years Old After the occupation of southern France by the Nazis in November 1942, Harvey emigrated to the USA again, spending most of the time in Los Angeles working as a volunteer nurse, but also went on tour performing in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit.


1949 43 Years Old After the war, Harvey moved to Paris. In the following years, she travelled as a singer through Scandinavia and Egypt. In 1949, she returned to West Germany giving several concerts. … Read More
1953 47 Years Old From 1953 to 1957, Harvey was married to Danish theatre agent Hartvig Valeur-Larsen.


1968 63 Years Old Lilian Harvey died of liver failure on 27 July 1968 in Juan-les-Pins, aged 62. … Read More
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