Palmer in 1946
|Born||Lilli Marie Peiser
24 May 1914
Posen, Prussia, Germany
(now Poznań, Poland)
|Died||27 January 1986
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Abdominal cancer|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, U.S.|
Lilli Palmer (24 May 1914 – 27 January 1986), born Lilli Marie Peiser, was a German actress and writer. After beginning her career in British films in the 1940s, she would later transition to major Hollywood productions, earning a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in But Not for Me (1959).
Other notable roles include in the comedy The Pleasure of His Company (1961), the Spanish horror film The House That Screamed (1969), and in the miniseries Peter the Great (1986), which earned her another Golden Globe Award nomination. For her career in European films, Palmer won the Volpi Cup and the Deutscher Filmpreis three times.
Palmer, who took her surname from an English actress she admired, was one of three daughters born to Dr. Alfred Peiser, a German Jewish surgeon, and Rose Lissman, an Austrian Jewish stage actress in Posen, Prussia, Germany (now Poznań, Poland). When Lilli was four her family moved to Berlin-Charlottenburg. She was a junior table tennis champion as a young girl. She studied drama in Berlin before fleeing to Paris in 1933 following the Nazi takeover.
While performing in cabarets, she attracted the attention of British talent scouts and was offered a contract by the Gaumont Film Company. She made her screen debut in Crime Unlimited (1935) and appeared in numerous British films for the next decade. She married actor Rex Harrison 25 January 1943, and followed him to Hollywood in 1945.
She signed with Warner Brothers and appeared in several films, notably Cloak and Dagger (1946) and Body and Soul (1947). She also periodically appeared in stage plays as well as hosting her own television series in 1951. Harrison and Palmer appeared together in the hit Broadway play Bell, Book and Candle in the early 1950s and later starred in the film version of The Four Poster (1952), which was based on the award-winning Broadway play of the same name, written by Jan de Hartog. She won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress in 1953 for The Four Poster. Harrison and Palmer divorced in 1956; they had one son, Carey Harrison, born in 1944.
Palmer returned to Germany in 1954 where she played roles in many films and television productions. She also continued to play both leading and supporting parts in the U.S. and abroad. In 1957, she won the Deutscher Filmpreis for Best Actress for her portrayal of Anna Anderson in The Story of Anastasia, called Is Anna Anderson Anastasia? in the UK. In 1958, she played the role of a teacher opposite Romy Schneider in Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform), the remake of the 1931 film of the same title.
Ms. Palmer starred with Fred Astaire and Debbie Reynolds in The Pleasure of His Company in 1961. She starred opposite William Holden in The Counterfeit Traitor (1962), an espionage thriller based on fact, and opposite Robert Taylor in another true Second World War story, Disney's Miracle of the White Stallions (1963). On the small screen, in 1974 she starred as Manouche Roget in the six-part television drama series The Zoo Gang, about a group of former underground freedom fighters from the Second World War, with Brian Keith, Sir John Mills and Barry Morse.
Palmer published a memoir, Change Lobsters and Dance, in 1975. Reminiscences by Vivian Matalon and Noël Coward (Matalon directed Palmer in the premiere production of Coward's play Suite in Three Keys in 1966; see A Song at Twilight) suggest that Palmer was not always the patient and reasonable person she represented herself as being in this autobiography.[this quote needs a citation] She wrote a full-length work of fiction presented as a novel rather than a memoir, The Red Raven in 1978.
Palmer is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California in the plot of Commemoration, Map 1, Lot 4066, Space 2. The ashes of her first husband, Rex Harrison, were scattered on her grave.
- 1953: Volpi Cup for Best Actress for The Four Poster
- 1956: Deutscher Filmpreis (Silver) for Best Actress in Teufel in Seide
- 1957: Deutscher Filmpreis (Silver) for Best Actress in Anastasia, die letzte Zarentochter
- 1959: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy nomination for But Not for Me
- 1972: Goldene Kamera for Eine Frau bleibt eine Frau (ZDF TV)
- Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7013 Hollywood Blvd.
- 1974: Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Großes Verdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
- 1978: Deutscher Filmpreis (Gold) for Lifetime Achievement
- 1986: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film nomination for Peter the Great (TV series)
|1936||The First Offence||Jeannette|
|1937||Good Morning, Boys||Yvette|
|1938||The Man with 100 Faces||Baroness Von Haltz|
|1939||A Girl Must Live||Clytie Devine|
|1939||One Night, One Day...||Lilli|
|1940||Suicide Legion||Gelda Sponek|
|1940||The Door with Seven Locks||June Lansdowne||Also known as: Chamber of Horrors|
|1942||Thunder Rock||Melanie Kurtz|
|1943||The Gentle Sex||Erna Debruski|
|1944||English Without Tears||Brigid Knudsen||Also known as: Her Man Gilbey|
|1945||The Rake's Progress||Rikki Krausner||Also known as: Notorious Gentleman|
|1946||Beware of Pity||Baroness Edith de Kekesfalva|
|1946||Cloak and Dagger||Gina|
|1947||Body and Soul||Peg Born|
|1948||No Minor Vices||April Ashwell|
|1948||My Girl Tisa||Tisa Kepes|
|1951||The Long Dark Hall||Mary Groome|
|1952||The Four Poster||Abby Edwards|
|1953||Main Street to Broadway||Lilli Palmer|
|1956||Devil in Silk||Melanie|
|1956||The Taming of the Shrew||Katherina|
|1956||The Story of Anastasia||Anna Anderson|
|1956||Between Time and Eternity||Nina Bohlen|
|1957||Tempestuous Love||Marianne Eichler|
|1957||The Glass Tower||Katja Fleming|
|1958||Eine Frau, die weiss, was sie will||Julia Klöhn, Lehrerin & Angela Cavallini, ihre Großmutter|
|1958||The Lovers of Montparnasse||Beatrice Hastings||Also known as: Modigliani of Montparnasse|
|1958||Girls in Uniform||Elisabeth von Bernburg||Also known as: Mädchen in Uniform|
|1958||Life Together||Odette de Starenberg||Also known as: La Vie à deux|
|1959||But Not for Me||Kathryn Ward|
|1960||Mrs. Warren's Profession||Mrs. Kitty Warren|
|1960||Conspiracy of Hearts||Mother Katharine|
|1961||The Pleasure of His Company||Katharine Dougherty|
|1961||Frau Cheneys Ende||Frau Cheney|
|1962||Finden Sie, daß Constanze sich richtig verhält?||Constanze Calonder|
|1962||Leviathan||Mother||Also known as: Dark Journey|
|1962||The Counterfeit Traitor||Frau Marianne Möllendorf|
|1962||Adorable Julia||Julia Lambert|
|1962||Le rendez-vous de minuit||Eva / Anne Leuven|
|1962||L'amore difficile||Hilde||Also known as: Sex Can Be Difficult|
|1963||Miracle of the White Stallions||Vedena Podhajsky|
|1963||Torpedo Bay||Lygia da Silva|
|1963||Das große Liebesspiel||Schauspielerin|
|1964||Le Grain de sable||Anna-Maria di Scorza|
|1965||The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders||Dutchy|
|1965||God's Thunder||Marie Brassac||Also known as: Le Tonnerre de Dieu|
|1966||Zwei Girls vom Roten Stern||Olga Nikolaijewna||Also known as: An Affair of States|
|1966||Der Kongreß amüsiert sich||Princess Metternich||Also known as: Congress of Love|
|1966||Le Voyage du père||Isabelle Quantin||Also known as: Father's Trip|
|1967||The Dance of Death||Alice|
|1967||Jack of Diamonds||Herself|
|1967||The Diary of Anne Frank||Edith Frank|
|1968||Oedipus the King||Jocasta|
|1968||Nobody Runs Forever||Sheila Quentin|
|1969||The House That Screamed||Señora Fourneau||Also known as: La residencia|
|1969||De Sade||Mademoiselle de Montreuil|
|1970||Only the Cool||Helen|
|1970||Hauser's Memory||Anna Hauser|
|1970||Murders in the Rue Morgue||Mrs. Charron|
|1972||What the Peeper Saw||Dr. Viorne|
|1975||Lotte in Weimar||Lotte|
|1978||The Boys from Brazil||Esther Lieberman|
|1980||Weekend||Schauspielerin Judith Bliss||Television film|
|1982||High Society Limited||Hilde|
|1982||Imaginary Friends||Ellen Pitblado||Television film|
|1985||The Holcroft Covenant||Althene Holcroft|
|1938||Starlight||Episode: "Richard Hearne"|
|1938||S-s-s-h! The Wife!||The Wife||Short|
|1949||Suspense||Julia||Episode: "The Comic Strip Murder"|
|1950||The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse||Molly Collicutt||Episode: "The Uncertain Molly Collicutt"|
|1952||Lux Video Theatre||Nancy||Episode: "Three Hours Between Planes"|
|1952||Omnibus||Anne Boleyn||Episode: "The Trial of Anne Boleyn"|
|1953||The United States Steel Hour||Mrs. Chrystal Weatherby||Episode: "The Man in Possession"|
|1954||Four Star Playhouse||Stacy Lawrence||Episode: "Lady of the Orchids"|
|1972–1979||Eine Frau bleibt eine Frau||Various||5 episodes|
|1974||The Zoo Gang||Manouche 'The Leopard' Roget||6 episodes|
|1974||Derrick||Martha Balke / Johanna Jensen||Episode: "Johanna"|
|1984||The Love Boat||Lilly Marlowe||2 episodes|
|1986||Peter the Great||Natalya||Miniseries|
|1952||Theatre Guild on the Air||An Ideal Husband|
|1953||Star Playhouse||No Time for Comedy|
|1953||Star Playhouse||Twentieth Century|
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