Cornell Borchers

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Cornell Borchers (left) with Montgomery Clift 1950

Cornell Borchers (actually Cornelia Borchers , also Gerlind Cornell Borchers-Schelkopf ; born March 16, 1925 in Heydekrug , Memelland ; † May 12, 2014 ) was a German film actress who was also successful in England and Hollywood .


She studied medicine for two semesters at the University of Göttingen in 1945/46 and then attended an acting school for two years. Director Arthur Maria Rabenalt brought her to film in December 1948. Rabenalt let her appear in her first films under the name Cornell Borchers, under which she later became known in Hollywood and England. These were Anonymous Letters and Martina .

The Borchers' third film, the German-American co-production The Big Lift , shot in bombed Berlin in 1949 , in which she played under the pseudonym Cornella Burch as a partner of Montgomery Clift , paved the way for her to pursue an international film career. But initially after a short unsuccessful engagement at 20th Century Fox, she mainly had roles in German productions.

After she had received the British Film Academy Award for Best Foreign Actress in 1955 for her role as adoptive mother Inga Hartl in Das teilte Herz , offers came again from Hollywood, where she was accepted as a new discovery by Universal Studios . Here she played u. a. with Rock Hudson and Errol Flynn in melodramas like Just you alone and Istanbul . The German film offered her roles in the homeland film area like 1956 in red is love as the childhood love of the heath poet Hermann Löns , who was portrayed here by Dieter Borsche .

Cornell Borchers, initially married to the Englishman Bruce Cunningham , married the German film producer Toni Schelkopf for the second time . In 1959, Borchers ended her career to devote herself to her family. After that she lived withdrawn from the public on Lake Starnberg .


Web links

Commons : Cornell Borchers  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Cornell Borchers in the International Biographical Archive ( Munzinger Archive ) No. 27 of June 25, 1956
  2. ^ Obituary notice in the Süddeutsche Zeitung from May 17, 2014
  3. ^ Ice-cold districts . In: Der Spiegel . No. 19 , 1950, pp. 36-39 ( Online - May 11, 1950 ).
  4. Cornell Borchers: Sometimes tragic, sometimes funny . In: Der Spiegel . No. 19 , 1951, pp. 26 ( online - September 19, 1951 ).
  5. A movie star withdraws. (PDF; 5.82 MB) In: Memel steam boat . January 8, 1959, p. 109 , archived from the original on May 17, 2014 ; accessed on August 13, 2018 .