Marika Rökk

Marika Rökk

Actress + Singer + Dancer
Born Nov 3, 1913
Hometown Cairo
Died May 16, 2004
Death Place Baden bei Wien

Marika Rökk was an Austrian-German singer, dancer and actress of Hungarian descent, who became famous in German films, notably in the Nazi era.

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1913 Birth Born on November 3, 1913.
1924 10 Years Old Rökk was born in Cairo, Egypt, the daughter of the Hungarian architect and contractor Eduard Rökk and his wife Maria Karoly. She spent her early childhood in Budapest, before in 1924 her family moved to Paris. … Read More


1929 15 Years Old In 1929 she returned to Europe and the next year acted in her first film, Why Sailors Leave Home, a British comedy directed by Monty Banks, starring Leslie Fuller. … Read More


1934 20 Years Old As an acclaimed revue dancer on numerous European stages, Rökk was selected as the ideal candidate to be groomed and promoted as this new type of star and in 1934 was offered a two-year contract with the UFA in Nazi Germany, where she became one of the most prolific film stars of the time. … Read More
1939 25 Years Old Der Bettelstudent and Gasparone, followed by Hello Janine! in 1939, all starred her together with Johannes Heesters and established them as the "dream couple" of the musical comedy genre. … Read More
1940 26 Years Old With a double role in Kora Terry, a 1940 film directed by her future husband Georg Jacoby, she reached new heights. … Read More
1941 27 Years Old In the same year, she appeared in the propaganda film Wunschkonzert by Eduard von Borsody (as herself), followed by her performance in Georg Jacoby's lavish Women Are Better Diplomats (Frauen sind doch bessere Diplomaten, UFA's first Agfacolor motion picture) in 1941, together with Willy Fritsch.


1944 30 Years Old She reached the peak of her career in 1944, with the star role in The Woman of My Dreams, a lavishly enacted musical colour film again directed by Georg Jacoby. … Read More
1947 33 Years Old After the war, she initially received a Berufsverbot (profession ban), but was rehabilitated in 1947 and could continue her movie career in West Germany and Austria.
1948 34 Years Old In 1948 she was among the first recipients of the German Bambi media award. … Read More


2004 91 Years Old Died on May 16, 2004.
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