15 November 2013

Barbara von Nady

Barbara von Nady's film career was very short. She appeared in only two films at the end of the 1950’s.

Barbara von Nady
German Postcard by WS-Druck, Wanne-Eickel, no. 260. Photo: Bavaria / Meroth.

Little Beast with Long Hair

Barbara von Nady's first film was the German-Austrian coproduction Meine schöne Mama/My Pretty Mama (1958), directed by veteran Paul Martin. In the 1930’s Martin had already directed some of the films of Lilian Harvey.

The stars of Meine schöne Mama were Paul Hubschmid and Nadia Gray. Gray played the beautiful mother of the title and young Barbara von Nady was her 16 year old daughter Mathilde.

The film was based on a 1956 novel written by Mathilde Walewska. Her book was obviously an imitation of the French bestseller Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan about a young girl who tries to sabotize the new relationship of her father.

The working title of the melodrama was Kleines Biest mit langen Haaren (Little beast with long hair) which described adequately Von Nady’s role.

Barbara von Nady
German Postcard by Kolibri-Verlag G.m.b.h., Minden-Westf, no. 2969. Photo: Bavaria / Schorchtfilm. Publicity still for Meine schöne Mama (1958).

Mean, Nasty and Terribly Conflicted

Barbara von Nady's second appearance was in the international production The Journey (Anatole Litvak, 1959).

The film was based on a screenplay by George Tabori about a group of international travelers held virtual prisoners in the Hungary of 1956 by invading Soviets.

Deborah Kerr and debutant Jason Robards play a British baroness and a Hungarian freedom fighter in love. Leading the pack of Soviet wolves is commander Yul Brynner: mean, nasty and terribly conflicted by his attraction to the lovely, patrician, & heroic Kerr.

In this political drama Barbara von Nady played the small part of Borbala. It would be her last film role.

More information about Barbara von Nady was unavailable through the internet.

Yul Brynner (after)
Yul Brynner. French postcard by E.D.U.G., no. 45 (ca. 1960). Photo: Sam Lévin.

Sources: Wikipedia and IMDb.


COCAMIA said...

Gee I wonder what happened to her. Such a short lived career. She was a beauty!

Beth Niquette said...

I love your blog. So sorry to have been out of touch--just know you have been MISSED.

Have a beautiful weekend, Bob!