06 April 2012

Maria Emo

Austrian actress Maria Emo (1936) is a respected stage actress, who played on screen leading roles in literary adaptations of the 1950’s. She also played Eva Braun, the mistress of Adolf Hitler.

Maria Emo
German postcard by Kolibri-Verlag G.m.b.H., Minden/Westfalen, no. 325. Photo: Real/DFH/Lilo. Publicity postcard for Das Mädchen von Moorhof.

Beautiful Blonde
Maria Emo was born in Berlin in 1936. She was the daughter of Austrian director E.W. Emo, director of many light‚ ’Viennese’ comedies often starring Hans Moser. Her mother was Anita Dorris, a popular film actress of the 1920’s and early 1930’s. Between 1952 and 1954 Maria studied at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. She played young girls in love at the Theater in der Josefstadt and at the Wiener Volkstheater. Later the beautiful blonde actress became an often invited guest actor in classical plays on many stages in Europe and South America.

Maria Emo
German postcard by Kunst und Bild, Berlin-Charlottenburg, no. A 1647. Photo: Real Film / DFH / Lilo. Publicity postcard for Das Mädchen von Moorhof/The Girl of the Moors (1958, Gustav Ucicky).

Anita Dorris
German postcard of Maria's mother, Anita Dorris (1903-1993) by Ross Verlag, no. 5030/1, 1930-1931. Photo: Atelier Manassé, Wien.

The Only Adequate Filming
Maria Emo's film roles were relatively scarce. Her debut was in Ehesanatorium/Marriage sanatorium (1954, Franz Antel) opposite Adrian Hoven. Next she played leading roles in literary films like the Guy de Maupassant adaptation Bel Ami (1954, Louis Daquin) starring Johannes Heesters, Das Mädchen vom Moorhof/The Girl of the Moors (1958, Gustav Ucicky) based on a novel by Selma Lagerlöf, and Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti/Herr Puntila and His Servant Matti (1955-1960, Alberto Cavalcanti). The latter was an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's 1940 exile play of the same name. The famous author helped the director with the film, and Brecht later stated that it was the only adequate film of his work ever produced. Curt Bois, who played Puntila, acted under Brecht's own direction. Maria Emo next impersonated Eva Braun on the screen in the American production Hitler/Women of Nazi Germany (1961, Stuart Heisler) about the private life of the dictator, played by Richard Basehart. In later years she only played incidentally in films like Der Weibsteufel/The She-Devil (1966, Georg Tressler), and she also appeared in TV plays and series. Nowadays she lives in Hamburg, where she works as a professor in performing arts at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.

Scene from the film Reisebekanntschaft (1943), directed by Maria's father, E.W. Emo. Hans Moser plays Detective Specht. The other actors are Wolf Albach-Retty, Fritz Imhoff, and Lotte Lang.

Source: Filmportal.de, Wikipedia and IMDb.

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