|Born||Anna Sophie Ondráková
May 15, 1903
Tarnów, Galicia, Austria–Hungary (now Poland)
|Died||February 28, 1987
|Spouse(s)||Carl Lamac (divorced)
Max Schmeling (1933–1987)
Anny Ondra (May 15, 1903 – February 28, 1987) was a Czechoslovak film actress whose second husband was German boxing great Max Schmeling. She was born Anna Sophie Ondráková in Tarnów, Galicia, Austria–Hungary, now Poland, and died in Hollenstedt near Harburg, Germany.
The daughter of an Austro-Hungarian officer, Ondra spent her childhood in Prague. She acted in Czech, Austrian, and German comedies in the 1920s; and in some British dramas, most notably Alfred Hitchcock's The Manxman and Blackmail (both 1929).
However, when Blackmail was remade with sound, Ondra's thick accent was considered unacceptable, so her dialogue was recorded by actress Joan Barry. Ondra made some 40 more films in the sound era before retiring in the late 1930s.
Ondra's career in the UK was hurt by the introduction of talking pictures. She returned to Germany and retired from films after making a few additional movies and marrying boxer Max Schmeling in 1933. However, an amusing test film has survived of Hitchcock "interviewing" Ondra, in which the director teases the actress and asks her some personal questions.
Ondra formed a production company, Ondra-Lamac-Films, with her first husband, director Karel Lamač. Lamac directed her in several silent films, acted with her in films directed by other filmmakers, and continued to work together after their divorce.
On July 6, 1933, Ondra married German boxer Max Schmeling, with whom she appeared in the film Knock-out (1935). Their marriage was a happy one, although childless. (Ondra reportedly had a miscarriage after a car accident.) They were married until her death in 1987.
Ondra was portrayed by Britt Ekland in the television movie Ring of Passion (1978), wherein the character was named "Amy Ondra Schmeling". She was also portrayed by Peta Wilson in the historical boxing docudrama Joe and Max. (2002).
Ondra was buried in the Saint Andreas Friedhof cemetery in Hollenstedt, Germany. Her husband Schmeling died in 2005 and was buried next to her.
|1920||Gilly zum ersten Mal in Prag (Gilly poprvé v Praze)|
|1922||Führe uns nicht in Versuchung|
|1926||Trude, die Sechzehnjährige|
|1928||Evas Töchter - Das Paradies von heute|
|1928||Der erste Kuß|
|1929||Der Mann von der Insel Man (The Manxman)||Kate Cregeen|
|1929||The Girl with the Whip||Anny Nebenkrug|
|1929||Sündig und süß|
|1930||The Caviar Princess|
|1930||The Great Longing|
|1930||Die vom Rummelplatz|
|1930||Eine Freundin, so goldig wie Du|
|1932||Mamsell Nitouche||Mamsell Nitouche|
|1933||Fräulein Hoffmanns Erzählungen|
|1933||Das verliebte Hotel|
|1934||Polenblut (i.e. Polish Blood)||Helena Zaremba||together with Hans Moser and Iván Petrovich|
|1935||Knock-out||Marianne Plümke||together with her husband Max Schmeling|
|1935||Der junge Graf|
|1937||Vor Liebe wird gewarnt|
|1937||Der Unwiderstehliche||Claudette Renier||together with Hans Söhnker|
|1938||Narren im Schnee|
|1941||Der Gasmann||Erika Knittel||together with Heinz Rühmann|
|1942||Himmel, wir erben ein Schloß|
|1951||Schön muß man sein|
|1957||The Zurich Engagement|
- She was given the Honorary German Film Award in 1970.
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- Anny Ondra at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Virtual History - Tobacco Cards of Ondra
- Alfred Hitchcock and Anny Ondra in Sound Test for Blackmail on YouTube
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