Zita Johann
Zita Johann
Zita Johann was an American actress, best known for her role as Princess Ankhesenam├│n in Karl Freund's 1932 film version of The Mummy, co-starring with Boris Karloff. A Banat German, she was born Elisabeth Johann in the village of Deutschbentschek, Austria-Hungary. Her father, a hussar officer named Stefan Johann, emigrated with his family to the United States in 1911. She debuted on Broadway in 1924 and made her first film appearance in D. W.
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NYTimes - over 8 years
VAMPYR THE MUMMY The first weeks of 1933 found two distinguished horror movies competing for attention. In New York, Karl Freund's film ''The Mummy,'' starring Boris Karloff as an ancient Egyptian priest brought back to desiccated life, had its premiere at the Mayfair in Times Square, drawing ''crowds that clicked past the box office,'' according
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NYTimes - almost 12 years
In 1933, a year before Hollywood began to strictly uphold ''the sanctity of the institution of marriage'' and crack down on ''lustful kissing, lustful embracing, suggestive postures and gestures'' (marriage and lust apparently being mutually exclusive), Warner Brothers tried to slip its terrifically sordid melodrama ''Baby Face'' past the censors.
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For Best Building in a Supporting Role...
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Art heists, first dates, encounters with the undead; museums have served as backdrops to these and other movie scenes over the last century. Here is a sampling. 1932 The Mummy Boris Karloff has the title role, playing Im-Ho-Tep, an Egyptian priest whose eternal slumber is interrupted by pesky archaeologists. He escapes, turning up years later
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David Manners, 98; Menaced on Screen by Lugosi
NYTimes - about 18 years
David Manners, who starred in Hollywood films in the 1930's and played the hero in Tod Browning's 1931 ''Dracula'' and other classic horror movies of that day, died on Dec. 23 in the health center of a retirement community in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 98. Almost a decade ago, Mr. Manners modestly told a film historian that horror films were his
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Zita Johann Dead; Actress, 89, Played The Mummy's Love
NYTimes - over 23 years
Zita Johann, a stage and film actress who played Boris Karloff's love interest in "The Mummy," died on Friday at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, N.Y. She was 89 and lived in Orangeburg, N.Y. The cause was pneumonia, said a friend, Rosemary Franck. Miss Johann was born near Temesvar, Hungary, now Timisoara, Romania. She moved to New York City with her
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John Houseman, Actor and Producer, 86, Dies
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: John Houseman, who spent more than half a century in the theater as an influential producer and director but who did not achieve fame until, at the age of 71, he portrayed a crusty law school professor in the film ''The Paper Chase'' and its subsequent television series, died of spinal cancer yesterday at his home in Malibu, Calif. John
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Weekend Convention For Film Buffs
NYTimes - over 31 years
Film buffs, particularly those fond of silent features, will gather this weekend at the Penta Hotel, Seventh Avenue at 33d Street, for a convention sponsored by the Society for Cinephiles. Vintage silent movies, such as John Barrymore's ''Beau Brummel,'' will be shown continuously throughout the day, and there will be an array of collectibles on
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Zita Johann
  • 1993
    Age 88
    She died in 1993 at age 89 in Nyack, New York.
    More Details Hide Details She was cremated and her ashes were scattered in a stream in upstate New York.
  • 1986
    Age 81
    Johann married three times. She made her last film appearance in the 1986 horror film Raiders of the Living Dead.
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  • 1929
    Age 24
    After seven films, she quit to work in theater, starring with John Houseman, to whom she was married 1929-1933, and with Orson Welles.
    More Details Hide Details She also taught acting to people with learning disorders.
  • 1924
    Age 19
    She debuted on Broadway in 1924 and made her first film appearance in D. W. Griffith's 1931 film The Struggle.
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  • 1911
    Age 6
    A Banat German, she was born Elisabeth Johann in the village of Deutschbentschek (near Temesvar), Austria-Hungary (now Timi┼čoara, Romania). Her father, a hussar officer named Stefan Johann, emigrated with his family to the United States in 1911.
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  • 1904
    Born on July 14, 1904.
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