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22 January 2014

Evi Eva

German actress Evi Eva (1899-1985) was a popular star of the silent cinema. Later, the once-famous actress lived in very poor conditions.

Evi Eva
Austrian postcard by Iris-Verlag, no. 938. Photo: Lux Film Verleih. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Successful New Generation of Actresses


Evi Eva was born Elly Giese in Berlin, Germany, in 1899.

She worked in the cigarette industry when the 19-year-old was discovered for the film. Her first film was Mulle, der Frechdachs (William Wauer, 1919).

Evi belonged to the successful new generation of actresses who conquered the film business, and she was immediately given leading roles such as in the six part series Nirvana (Fritz Bernhardt. 1920).

To her well-known silent films belong Der Eid des Stephan Huller/The Oath of Stephan Huller (Reinhard Bruck, 1921) with Hanni Weisse, Am Rande der Grossstadt/On the Outskirts of the Big City (Hanns Kobe, 1922), Der Mönch von Santarem/The Monk from Santarem (Lothar Mendes, 1924) with Vivian Gibson, Mister Radio (Nunzio Malasomma, 1924) with Luciano Albertini, Athleten/Athletes (Friedrich Zelnik, 1925) with Hans Albers, Der Veilchenfresser/The Violet Eater (Friedrich Zelnik, 1926) starring Lil Dagover, and Venus im Frack/Venus in Tails (Robert Land, 1927) staring Carmen Boni.

In 1922, she had married Paul Oppenand they had a child, but they divorced in 1930.

Evi Eva
Austrian postcard by Iris Verlag, no. 939. Photo: Lux Film Verleih.

Evi Eva
Austrian postcard by Iris Verlag, no. 5125. Photo: Ernst Sandau, Berlin.

Evi Eva
Austrian postcard by Iris Verlag, no. 938. Photo: Lux Film Verleih.

Berlin Brats


Evi Eva often embodied Berliner Gören (Berlin brats) in film comedies, she rarely appeared in films with a dramatic content.

In addition to her film work, she also appeared on the Berlin stage.

Already in the late 1920s, Evi Eva had to be content with less important film roles. She played small supporting parts in films like Morgenröte/Dawn (Wolfgang Neff, Burton George, 1929) with Paul Henckels.

When the sound era began, she hardly received any offers. She played roles in Die lustigen Weiber von Wien/The Merry Wives of Vienna (Géza von Bolváry, 1931) with Willi Forst, and the Marika Rökk musical Und du mein Schatz fährst mit/And You My Dear Comes Along (Georg Jacoby, 1937).

Her final film was Urlaub auf Ehrenwort/Furlough on Word of Honour (Karl Ritter, 1937).

Later, the once-famous actress lived in very poor conditions. In 1962 she moved to Munich, but later she returned to Berlin.

Evi Eva died in 1985 in her hometown Berlin.

Evi Eva
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 1790/1, 1927-1928. Photo: Becker & Maass, Berlin.

Evi Eva
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 3317/1, 1928-1929. Photo: Suse Byk, Berlin.

Evi Eva
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 3518/2, 1928-1929. Photo: Atelier Balázs, Berlin.

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

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