Born 1906 in London, Anglo-German actress and singer Lilian Harvey began her career by attending the dance and voice school of the Berlin State Opera in 1923.
After an engagement as a revue dancer in Vienna in 1924, Harvey received her first movie role as the young Jewish girl “Ruth” in the Austrian film The Curse directed by Robert Land. Subsequently, she starred in many silent films. In 1925, she was cast in her first leading role in the film Passion by Richard Eichberg.
Harvey was long based in Germany, where she is best known for her role as Christel Weinzinger in Erik Charell’s 1931 film Der Kongreß tanzt (The Congress Dances); her song Das gibt’s nur einmal written by Werner R. Heymann became a most popular melody.
Her subsequent movies were filmed in English and French versions, so Harvey became known outside of Germany. She was invited to Hollywood and made four movies for the Fox Film Corporation, but these were not as successful as her German films. After leaving Hollywood she appeared in a British film Invitation to the Waltz.
In 1935, Lilian Harvey returned to Germany. She died of liver failure in 1968, aged 62.
take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Lilian Harvey in the 1920s and 1930s.