Anny Ondra

Anny Ondra

Additional Names: Aenny Ondráková (Weiterer Name); Anna Sophie Ondráková (Geburtsname)
Darstellerin, Musik, Produzent
*15.05.1903 Tarnów, Österreich-Ungarn (heute Polen); †28.02.1987 Hollenstedt

Biography

Anny Ondra grew up in Prague and was an extra at Svandovo Divadlo as a school girl. Film producer and director Gustav Machatý discovered her for the leading role as "The Lady with the Small Foot" in the comedy "Dama s malou nožkou", directed by Jan Stanislav Kolár and Přemsyl Pražský. From then on, she mainly played gracious, vivacious, and likeable blondes and funny, slightly hyped-up teenagers in numerous comedies, in 1920 for the first time with director Karel Lamač (who named himself Carl Lamac in Germany). In 1922, they both appeared in their first productions in Vienna in front of the camera: In "Hütet eure Töchter" and "Führe uns nicht in Versuchung", both directed by Sidney M. Goldin, Ondra's innocent charme had to persist in a demimonde milieu.

As the partner of Vlasta Burian and of Lamac, Ondra became the leading female comedian of Czech cinema. From 1928, she also cockily won the hearts of men in German films. In England, she starred in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Manxman" and, in a serious role, in "Blackmail", among other films. In 1930, Ondra-Lamac-Filmgesellschaft was set up in Berlin. Already in her first sound film "Die vom Rummelplatz" ("Fair People"), directed by Lamac, Ondra took to singing and dancing (for instance, as Mickey Mouse), and appeared in artistical interludes. The tragicomic leading role in the Dickens adaption "Klein Dorrit" ("Little Dorrit"), directed by Lamac, remained an exception to the characters Ondra mainly played.


In Reinhold Schünzel's "Donogoo Tonka" (1935/36), Ondra was able to perform a more subtle trait of humour. When Lamac left Germany, she withdrew from the movie business to a large extent and appeared only occasionally in "merry" family movies, for instance, in 1941, in the Spoerl adaptation "Der Gasmann" alongside Heinz Rühmann. In post-war cinema, Ondra starred in Carl Froelich's film "Schön muss man sein" ("One Must Be Handsome") in 1950 and made a guest performance in Helmut Käutner's "Die Zürcher Verlobung" ("The Affairs of Julie"). In 1933, Ondra married the heavyweight champion boxer Max Schmeling who became her film partner in "Knock out" (1934/35), directed by Lamac and Hans H. Zerlett. Hans Leip dedicated his book "Max und Anny – Romantischer Bericht vom Aufstieg zweier Sterne" (1935) to them.

Filmography

1956/1957 Die Zürcher Verlobung
Cast
 
1950/1951 Schön muß man sein
Cast
 
1942 Himmel, wir erben ein Schloß
Cast
 
1940/1941 Der Gasmann
Cast
 
1938 Narren im Schnee
Cast
 
1937/1938 Es leuchten die Sterne
Cast
 
1937 Der Unwiderstehliche
Cast
 
1937 Der Scheidungsgrund
Cast, Producer
 
1936/1937 Vor Liebe wird gewarnt
Cast, Producer
 
1936/1937 Der Hund von Baskerville
Producer
 
1936 Ein Mädel vom Ballett
Cast, Producer
 
1936 Flitterwochen
Cast, Producer
 
1935/1936 Donogoo Tonka. Die geheimnisvolle Stadt
Cast
 
1935 Großreinemachen
Cast, Producer
 
1935 Der junge Graf
Cast, Producer
 
1934/1935 Knock-out. Ein junges Mädchen - ein junger Mann
Cast, Producer
 
1934 Polenblut
Cast, Producer
 
1934 Der verhexte Scheinwerfer
Producer
 
1934 So ein Theater!
Producer
 
1934 L'Amour en cage
Cast, Producer
 
1934 Im Schallplattenladen
Producer
 
1934 Die vertauschte Braut
Cast, Producer
 
1934 Ein gemütlicher Nachmittag
Producer
 
1934 Klein Dorrit
Cast, Producer
 
1933 Orchesterprobe
Producer
 
1933 Vorspeisen gefällig?
Cast
 
1933 Das verliebte Hotel
Cast, Producer
 
1933 Fräulein Hoffmanns Erzählungen
Cast, Producer
 
1932/1933 La fille du régiment
Cast, Producer
 
1932/1933 Die Tochter des Regiments
Cast, Producer
 
1932 Baby
Cast
 
1932 Kiki. [Fr. V.]
Cast, Producer
 
1932 Der Hexer
Producer
 
1932 Der angenehme Patient
Producer
 
1932 Der Dienstmann
Producer
 
1932 Die grausame Freundin
Cast, Producer
 
1932 Faut-il les marier?
Cast, Vocals, Producer
 
1932 Kiki
Cast, Producer
 
1931/1932 Une nuit au Paradis
Cast, Co-Producer
 
1931/1932 Eine Nacht im Paradies
Cast, Co-Producer
 
1931 La chauve-souris
Cast, Producer
 
1931 Mam'zelle Nitouche
Producer
 
1931 Wehe, wenn er losgelassen
Cast, Co-Producer
 
1931 Mamsell Nitouche
Cast
 
1931 Die Fledermaus
Cast
 
1930/1931 Er und seine Schwester
Cast, Co-Producer
 
1930 Eine Freundin so goldig wie du
Cast, Producer
 
1930 Die große Sehnsucht
Cast
 
1930 Die vom Rummelplatz
Cast, Producer
 
1930 Der falsche Feldmarschall
Cast, Producer
 
1929/1930 Das Mädel aus USA
Cast
 
1929 Sündig und süß
Cast
 
1929 Die Kaviarprinzessin
Cast
 
1929 Das Mädel mit der Peitsche
Cast
 
1928 Saxophon-Susi
Cast
 
1928 Der erste Kuß
Cast
 
1927/1928 Evas Töchter
Cast
 
1926 Seine Hoheit, der Eintänzer
Cast
 
1926 Die Pratermizzi
Cast
 
1926 Die kleine Dingsda
Cast
 
1924/1925 Ich liebe Dich!
Cast
 
1924 Hríchy v manželství
Cast
 
1923 Der Mann ohne Herz
Cast
 
1922 Zigeunerliebe
Cast
 
1922 Hütet eure Töchter
Cast
 
1922 Führe uns nicht in Versuchung
Cast
 

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