Hilde Koerber

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Hilde Körber as Lady Macbeth , 1945

Hilde Körber (born July 3, 1906 in Vienna , † May 31, 1969 in West Berlin ) was an Austrian actress .


The daughter of the electrical engineer Karl Körber and his wife Annette geb. Fortelni made her debut as a torchbearer in Macbeth at the Burgtheater at the age of eleven . From 1920 to 1922 she received acting training at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna .

She played in Oldenburg, Stuttgart, Zurich and since 1924 in Berlin. In 1927 she became known at the Renaissance Theater as the maid Lucy in Ferdinand Bruckner's Illness of Youth . After that she worked at the Schiller Theater and the State Theater , among others .

From the mid- 1930s , Hilde Körber was one of the busy supporting actresses in German film. Her first productions include Maria, die Magd (1936), Fridericus (1936), Der Herrscher (1937), Mein Sohn, der Herr Minister (1937), Großalarm (1938) and Robert Koch, the fighter of death (1939). During the war years, other roles followed in Ohm Krüger (1941), where she played a desperate Boer woman, The Great King (1942), Damals (1943) and Via Mala (filmed in 1944, official premiere 1948).

Other successful roles followed after the war, Hilde Körber starred in around 20 films in the 1950s . These include The Last Recipe (1952), Ina Kahr's Confession (1954), Devil in Silk (1956), My Father, the Actor (1956) and The Girl from the Moorhof (1958).

Her first husband was Walter Varndal , actor and director of a traveling theater. On February 19, 1929, Hilde Körber married the director Veit Harlan when she was already in hospital with labor pains. Their son Thomas Harlan was born on the same day. The marriage lasted nine years. When she reported to her actor colleague Fritz Kortner in the same year that she had sexually molested her, the National Socialist press used this incident to portray Kortner as a lustful Jew. Her other children are the actresses Maria Körber and Susanne Christa Körber-Harlan . In 1938 Harlan divorced. (See also: Harlan (family) )

In the post-war period from 1946 to 1950 she was a member of the CDU parliamentary group in the Berlin city council . From 1951 until her death, she directed the Max Reinhardt School for Drama in Berlin. Since 1965 she has held the title of professor.


She is buried in the forest cemetery Dahlem in field 009 no. 421-422. The grave was dedicated to the city of Berlin as an honorary grave until 2009 .





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