Zarah Leander

Zarah Leander

Additional Names: Sara Stina Hedberg (Geburtsname)
Darstellerin, Musik
*15.03.1907 Karlstad, Schweden; †23.06.1981 Stockholm, Schweden

Biography

Zarah Leander was born as Sara Stine Hedberg in Karlstadt (Sweden) on March 15th 1907. She began taking piano lessons in 1911, and after leaving school in 1922, worked for a short time as a secretary. In 1926, she married actor Nils Leander. The couple had a daughter, Boel (born 1927), and a son, Göran (born 1929).

Until the mid-1930s, she performed in numerous revues, operettas and comedies, and toured Sweden and the neighbouring Scandinavian countries. Her career as a recording artist began in 1930, while early film roles presented her as the traditional Vamp. In 1932, Leander married Swedish journalist Vidar Forsell, and after acting at the Theater an der Wien alongside Max Hansen, she appeared in her first German-language film "Premiere", playing a revue singer.

It was a typecast role she eventually continued to play after being put under contract by the Ufa. In 1937, Detlef Sierck (later to known as Douglas Sirk) directed Leander in two melodramas – "Zu neuen Ufern" and "La Habanera" – in which she further established her trademark character of the suffering femme fatale.

Despite her popularity in Nazi Germany, she was denied the title of "State Actress" twice. In 1943, she breached her contract with Ufa and returned to Sweden. Although her films, including Carl Froehlich's "Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht" and Paul Martin's "Das Lied der Liebe", remained in distribution, the German press censored all news regarding Zarah Leander after her departure.

Meanwhile in Sweden, emigrated artists from the occupied Scandinavian countries successfully protested against her participation in a revue programme in Stockholm. Also because of her prominent role within the Nazi entertainment industry, Leander was banned from appearing on stage in Germany and Austria shortly after the war. But in 1948, she returned to perform a public concert in Saarbrücken. While she wasn't able to re-establish herself as a film actress, she enjoyed great success as a singer and revue star and continued to tour internationally. In 1956, she married conductor Arne Hülphers.

Zarah Leander gave her last concert on October 10th 1978 at the Folkanteatern in Stockholm. The day after, she suffered a stroke and never returned to the stage.

Zarah Leander died in Stockholm on June 23rd 1981.

Filmography

1986 Zarah Leander
Cast
 
1984 Mein Leben für Zarah Leander
Cast
 
1966 Das gewisse Etwas der Frauen
Cast
 
1964 Das Blaue vom Himmel
Cast
 
1959 Der blaue Nachtfalter
Cast
 
1957/1958 Das gab's nur einmal
Participation
 
1954 Bei Dir war es immer so schön
Cast
 
1953 Ave Maria
Cast, Vocals
 
1952 Cuba Cabana
Cast
 
1952 Lockende Sterne
Vocals
 
1950 Gabriela
Cast
 
1947/1948 Leckerbissen
Participation
 
1942/1943 Damals
Cast, Music performer
 
1942 Zarah Leander
Cast
 
1941/1942 Die große Liebe
Cast, Vocals
 
1940/1941 Der Weg ins Freie
Cast, Vocals
 
1939/1940 Das Herz der Königin
Cast, Vocals
 
1939 Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht
Cast, Vocals
 
1939 Der Trichter [Nr. 02]
Cast
 
1939 Das Lied der Wüste
Cast, Music performer
 
1938 Die vier Gesellen
Cast
 
1938 Heimat
Cast, Vocals
 
1938 Der Blaufuchs
Cast
 
1937 La Habanera
Cast, Vocals
 
1937 Zu neuen Ufern
Cast, Vocals
 
1937 Premiere
Cast
 

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