Gina Kaus

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Gina Kaus
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Born Regina Wiener
(1893-10-21)October 21, 1893
Vienna, Austria
Died December 23, 1985(1985-12-23) (aged 92)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Novelist, Screenwriter
Years active 1933-1975
Spouse(s) Josef Zirner (1913–1915), his death
Otto Kaus (1920-1926) divorce
Children Otto and Peter

Gina Kaus, née Regina Wiener (21 October 1893, Vienna, Austria – 23 December 1985, Los Angeles, California) was an Austrian-American novelist and screenwriter.


Regina Wiener, the daughter of money broker Max Wiener, attended an all-girls school. Regina married the Viennese musician Josef Zirner in 1913, but he died in 1915 on the battlefield in World War I. She was the mistress and common law wife of the banker Josef Kranz and used the last name Zirner-Kaus. Four years later, 1920, she married the writer Otto Kaus, but the couple divorced in 1926, after the birth of two sons, Otto and Peter.

In the twenties, Gina Kaus published her first novel The Rise, which won the Theodor Fontane Prize. And was very active in the circle of literary intellectuals in Berlin and Vienna. She had friendships with both Austrian writers Karl Kraus and a romance with Otto Soyka; in her autobiography she would write "... I had a lover, I am not loved." in 1933 she would watch both their books fall victim to the Nazi Bücherverbrennung or book burnings.

Kaus had visited America in 1936. And in March 1938 she moved from Vienna via Zurich to Paris. In Paris she wrote two screenplays from her novels Gefangnis ohne Gitter and Die Schwestern Kleeh, which became the popular movies Prison sans barreaux and Conflict, before coming to the United States in 1939. After a few months in New York, she settled in Hollywood in November 1939. Her 1940 novel written Devil Next Door was filmed by director Rolf Hansen in 1956, with Lilli Palmer and Curt Jürgens as Devil in Silk (Teufel in Seide). Gina Kaus wrote many scripts in Hollywood, and would not return to Vienna until 1948 and visit Berlin until 1951.

In 1979 Kaus wrote an autobiography published in Germany as : Und was für ein Liebe und Literatur, Theater und Film.

She died in Los Angeles in 1985.



  • Diebe im Haus, Thieves in the house


Gina Kaus wrote some of her works under the pseudonym, "Andreas Eckbrecht".

  • Der Aufstieg (The Rise) (1920)
  • Der lächerliche Dritte (The Ridiculous Third) (1926)
  • Die Verliebten (the Lovers) (1928)
  • Toni: Eine Schulmädchen-Komödie in zehn Bildern. (Toni: A Schoolgirl Comedy in Ten Pictures) (1927)
  • Luxusdampfer (Luxury Ship) (1932)
  • Die Überfahrt (The Crossing) (1932)
  • Die Schwestern Kleh (The Kleh Sisters) (1933)
  • Dark Angel (1934)
  • Katharina die Große (Catherine the Great) (1935)
  • Whisky and Soda (1937)

Non Fiction[edit]

  • Und was für ein Liebe und Literatur, Theater und Film, (And what a life ... with love and literature, theatre and film) (1979) - autobiography

Film credits[edit]




  • David H. Malone: Gina Kaus. : John M. Spalek, Joseph Strelka (ed.): German literature in exile since 1933. Volume 1 California. Francke, Bern and Munich 1976, S.751-761. ISBN 3-7720-1158-6
  • Sibylle Mulot: Last word on Gina Kaus. : Gina Kaus from Vienna to Hollywood. Memories of Gina Kaus. TB 1757. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main, 1990, S.239-251. ISBN 3-518-38257-8
  • Hartmut Vollmer: Gina Kaus. In: Richard B. Kilcher (ed.): Metzlers lexicon of German-Jewish literature. J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart and Weimar 2000, S.301-303. ISBN 3-476-01682-X

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