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26 December 2012

Hedda Vernon

German actress, writer and producer Hedda Vernon (1886 - ?) appeared in more than 60 films of the early silent period. During the 1910’s, she was such a popular film star that she got her own Hedda-Vernon-serial.

Hedda Vernon
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film Sterne series, no. 232/1. Photo: Becker & Maass / Eiko-Film.

Hedda Vernon (retouched)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, Berlin, no. 2001/12, 1919-1924. Photo: Becker & Maass / Eiko Film.

Hedda Vernon
German postcard by Photochemie, Berlin, no. K. 104. Photo: Eiko-Film.

Hedda Vernon
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 360/2, 1919-1924. Photo: Becker & Maass Phot.

Child Parts
Hedda Vernon (sometimes credited as Hedda Vernon-Moest) was born in 1886. In 1912 she made her first film appearances in silent shorts for the Deutsche Bioscop GmbH in Berlin. That year she appeared in Die Rote Jule/Red Jule (1912, Emil Albes), Der Kampf um das Erbe/The Conflict about the Heritage (1912, Max Obal), and Die Papierspur/The Paper Trail (1912, Emil Albes). The following years she played in Vitascope productions directed by Harry Piel, like Menschen und Masken 1 & 2/People and Masks 1 and 2 (1913, Harry Piel), Die Millionenmine/The Millions Mine (1914, Harry Piel) and Die braune Bestie/The Brown Beast (1914, Harry Piel). But she worked most often with her husband, actor-director Hubert Moest. They made a series of Eiko-productions, including Zofenstreichen/Abigail Paintings (1915, Hubert Moest), Maria Niemand und Ihre Zwölf Väter/Maria Niemand and Her Twelf Fathers (1915, Hubert Moest) with Theodor Loos, Das Bild der Ahnfrau/The Picture of the Ancestress (1916, Hubert Moest) with Rudolf Forster and Harry Liedtke, Noemi die blonde Judin/Noemi the Blonde Jew (1917, Hubert Moest), Der Peitschenhieb/The Whiplash (1918, Hubert Moest), and Taumel/Rapture (1919, Hubert Moest) with Alfred Abel and Paul Hartmann. In Zofia (1915, Hubert Moest) she impersonated a fifteen year old girl although she was 29 at the time. Such ‘child parts’ were normal for actresses in the 1910's and 1920's.

Hedda Vernon
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film Sterne series, no. 68/5. Photo: Eiko-Film.

Hedda Vernon
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film Sterne Series, no. 136/5. Photo: Becker & Maass, Berlin.

Hedda Vernon
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film-Sterne Series, no. 138/6. Photo Becker & Maass, Berlin / Eiko Film.

Hedda Vernon
German postcard by Photochemie, Berlin, no. K 1340. Photo: Alex Binder.

Harry Piel Series
Hedda Vernon became so popular that she got her own serial which was financed by her production company Vernon-Produktion. She produced herself in Selbstgerichtet oder Die gelbe Fratze/Self Defence or The Yellow Grimace (1914, Hubert Moest) and Hedda Vernon’s Bühnensketch/Hedda Vernon's Stage Sketch (1916, Hubert Moest). She also worked with director Richard Oswald on Der Eiserne Kreuz/The Iron Cross (1914) with Hanni Weisse, Der Tod des andern/Other's Death (1919) with Alwin Neuss, and Manolescus Memoiren/The Memories of Manolescu (1920) starring Conrad Veidt. During the 1920's, the interest in Hedda Vernon flagged. New stars became more in demand. To her few films in the 1920's belong Der Verächter des Todes/The Death Defier (1920, Harry Piel), the Harry Piel series Der Reiter ohne Kopf/The Horseman Without a Head (1921, Harry Piel) and Die Sonne von St. Moritz/The Sun of St. Moritz (1923, Friedrich Weissenberg, Hubert Moest). Her last film was Zwischen zwei Frauen/Between Two Women (1925, Hubert Moest) opposite Reinhold Schünzel. Hedda Vernon was married with Hubert Moest from 1913 till 1920. More information about her life and the date of her death were not to be found on the internet.

Hedda Vernon in Noemi, die blonde Jüdin.
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film-Sterne series, no. 517/10. Photo: Eiko Film. Publicity still of Hedda Vernon in Noemi, die blonde Jüdin (1917, Hubert Moest).

Hedda Vernon in Mouschy
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film-Sterne series, no. 518/1. Photo: Eiko Film. Hedda Vernon in Mouschy (1918, Hubert Moest).

Hedda Vernon
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film Sterne Series, no. 560/2. Photo: Eiko Film. Publicity still for Wo ein Wille, ist ein Weg (1918, Hubert Moest) with in the back right Ernst Hofmann.

Hedda Vernon in Wo ein Wille, ist ein Weg
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film-Sterne series, no. 560/8. Photo: Eiko Film. Hedda Vernon in Wo ein Wille, ist ein Weg (1918, Hubert Moest).

Hedda Vernon
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film-Sterne series, no. 561/2. Photo: Eiko Film. Hedda Vernon in Puppchen/Dolly (1918, Hubert Moest).

Sources: Thomas Staedeli (Cyranos), Filmportal.de, Wikipedia (German) and IMDb.

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