|Born||4 September 1906
Stettin, Pomerania (now Szczecin, Poland)
|Died||12 December 1971
|Other names||Gerda Olga Justina Kornstädt|
|Years active||1928-1965 (film)|
Parlo made her first film appearance in Homecoming (Heimkehr) in 1928 and quickly became a popular actress in Germany. During the 1930s she moved easily between German and French films, achieving success in several films, including, in the span of four years, two that are considered among the greatest in cinema history: L'Atalante (1934) and La Grande Illusion (1937).
Parlo attempted to establish a career in American films but despite a couple of roles in Hollywood films, was unable to extend her European success. In the late 1930s, she was scheduled to appear in the Orson Welles production of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness for RKO Radio Pictures. However, that project did not come to pass. With the outbreak of World War II, Parlo returned to Germany. She appeared in only three films during the last thirty years of her life, making her final film appearance in 1965.
In popular culture
Parlo has been referenced by Madonna, who said she had been fascinated by Parlo, and took her name for the character she created for her Sex book and Erotica album. Its title track commences with the line "My name is Dita, I'll be your mistress tonight..."
- Heimkehr (Homecoming) (1928)
- Geheimnisse des Orients (Secrets of the Orient) (1928)
- Die Dame mit der Maske (The Lady with the Mask) (1928)
- Ungarische Rhapsodie (1928)
- Manolescu - Der König der Hochstapler (1929)
- Melodie des Herzens (Melody of the Heart) (1929)
- Au bonheur des dames (1930)
- Kismet (1931, German-language version produced by Warner Bros.)
- Die heilige Flamme (The Sacred Flame (1931)
- Menschen hinter Gittern (Men Behind Bars) (1931)
- Tropennächte (Tropical Nights) (1931)
- Honor of the Family (1931)
- Tänzerinnen für Süd-Amerika gesucht (1931)
- Wir schalten um auf Hollywood (1931)
- Rapt (1933)
- Mr. Broadway (1933, US, starring Ed Sullivan)
- L'Atalante (1934)
- La Grande Illusion (1937)
- Mademoiselle Docteur (1937)
- Under Secret Orders (1937, English-language version of Mademoiselle Docteur)
- L'Affaire du courrier de Lyon (1938)
- Ultimatum (1938)
- La Rue sans joie (1938)
- Paix sur le Rhin (1938)
- L'Inconnue de Monte Carlo (1938)
- L'Or du Cristobal (Cristobal's Gold) (1940)
- Justice est faite (Justice is Done) (1950)
- La Dame de pique (1965)
- Birth certificate of Dita Parlo at Staatsarchiv Stettin.
- Katherine Nguyen (2006-04-06). "Dita Von Teese: Call her old-fashioned". ocregister.com. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
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