Dagny Servaes

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Dagny Servaes
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Servaes in Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival in 1920
Born (1894-03-10)10 March 1894
Berlin, German Empire
Died 10 July 1961(1961-07-10) (aged 67)
Vienna, Austria
Occupation Film and stage actress
Years active 1916–1958
Relatives Reginald Servaes (cousin)

Dagny Servaes (10 March 1894 – 10 July 1961) was a German-Austrian stage and film actress. In the theatre she appeared in the productions of Max Reinhardt[1] and Berthold Brecht. Servaes appeared in around sixty films during her career, initially in lead and later in supporting roles. One of her earliest screen performances was in the 1917 propaganda film Dr. Hart's Diary. she also voiced the character, 'the evil Queen/witch 1937 Disney Animation 'Show White and the Seven Dwarfs

Personal life[edit]

Servaes was born in Berlin in the German Empire (present day Germany) to parents Martha (née Haese) and Franz Theodor Hubert Servaes.[2] She had with Erwin Goldarbeiter, a daughter, Evi Servaes, who also became an actress in movies and on stage. She had a brother, Roderich Servaes, whose son Arnim became a stage actor as well. Through her father, she was cousins with Vice Admiral Reginald Servaes. She is also distant cousins to English actor Tom Hiddleston.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]



  1. ^ Styan p.89
  2. ^ a b "De stomboom van Franz Joseph J. Servaes >> Stamboom Servaes Neuss/Dusseldorf". Genealogie Online. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "These are the forty-one new Paramount Pictures you should ask your theatre manager to book:" (eNewspaper). The Deseret News. 29 July 1922. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Prawer, Siegbert Salomon (2005). Between two worlds : the Jewish presence in German and Austrian films, 1910-1933 (1. publ. ed.). New York [u.a.]: Berghahn Books. p. 63. ISBN 1-84545-074-4. Retrieved 9 May 2014. The sexes are reversed in Sidney Goldin's Jiskor (Gedenket, [Remembrance] (1924), starring Maurice Schwartz, Dagny Servaes and Oskar Beregi. 
  5. ^ a b Albrecht Knaus Verlag Gmbh; Leni Riefenstahl (1987). Leni Riefenstahl: A Memoir. St. Martin's Press. p. 61. ISBN 0-312-11926-7. Retrieved 8 May 2014. His [Riefenstahl] best-known films were The Golem with Paul Wegener and the The Student from Prague with Dagny Servaes, Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt, all of them artists of stature. 
  6. ^ a b "The Weavers, 1927 | Silent Film Festival". SilentFilm.org. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Youngkin, Stephen D. (2005). The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky. p. 463. ISBN 0-8131-2360-7. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Dagny Servaes | BFI". British Film Institute. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Garden, Ian (2012). The Third Reich's celluloid war : propaganda in Nazi feature films, documentaries and television. Stroud, Gloucestershire [England]: History Press. ISBN 0-7524-6442-6. Retrieved 9 May 2014. Dagny Servaes (Sylvia Casilla) 


  • Prawer, S.S. Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933. Berghahn Books, 2005.
  • Styan, J.L. Max Reinhardt . CUP Archive, 1982.

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