5 April 1881|
|Died||7 March 1970
|Occupation||Theater and film actress|
Olga Limburg (5 April 1881 – 7 March 1970) was a German theater and film actress. She began her artistic career in 1901 with a commitment at the Municipal Theatre of Poznan. Since 1902, she played at several of Berlin's leading theaters including the Tribune, the Metropol Theatre, Berlin Lustspielhaus, the comedy and the Theater am Kurfürstendamm. During the early part of her theater career, Limburg usually played supporting roles. Later she worked in the "comical oldies" plays.
Limburg's film acting career started in 1907 with a minor role in the silent film Fest der Handwerker and followed by Der gelbe Tod, 1. Teil (1910). She also starred in major productions including Prinz Kuckuck (1919), Kean (1921) and Rudolf Meinert-directed Marie Antoinette, the Love of a King (1922). These films achieved her much acclaim as a supporting actress. She continued her acting career through the next decade and starred in talkies like Zwischen Nacht und Morgen (1931), Ein Unsichtbarer geht durch die Stadt, The Black Forest Girl (both 1933), The Girl Irene (1936) Madame Bovary (1937), Napoleon ist an allem schuld, Five Million Look for an Heir (both 1938) and Hurrah! I'm a Father (1939) to name a few. It was during these two decades that the became one of the busiest actresses of the German cinema. She played roles of aunts, neighbors, housekeepers and other women next door. From 1919 to 1955, Limburg appeared in 49 films, including four alongside Heinz Rühmann.
Before her retirement from the film industry she acted in Nannete, Kleider machen Leute (both 1940), Lord of life and death (1954) and The Heart of St. Pauli (1957). Limburg died on 7 March 1970 just one month before her 89th birthday. Her ashes were buried in the St. Anne's Cemetery.
- Marie Antoinette, the Love of a King (1922)
- The Unknown Tomorrow (1923)
- Judith (1923)
- The Ancient Law (1923)
- Zigano (1925)
- The Humble Man and the Chanteuse (1925)
- Hedda Gabler (1925)
- Dancing Mad (1925)
- People to Each Other (1926)
- Her Husband's Wife (1926)
- The Good Reputation (1926)
- The Woman in the Cupboard (1927)
- The Trousers (1927)
- Eva in Silk (1928)
- Give Me Life (1928)
- Charlotte Somewhat Crazy (1928)
- Suzy Saxophone (1928)
- Daughter of the Regiment (1929)
- The Girl with the Whip (1929)
- Men Without Work (1929)
- Painted Youth (1929)
- The Man with the Frog (1929)
- Black Forest Girl (1929)
- And the Plains Are Gleaming (1933)
- The Black Forest Girl (1933)
- Miss Madame (1934)
- Pygmalion (1935)
- Peter, Paul and Nanette (1935)
- His Late Excellency (1935)
- Lady Windemere's Fan (1935)
- Last Stop (1935)
- The Girl Irene (1936)
- Donogoo Tonka (1936)
- Victoria in Dover (1936)
- Madame Bovary (1937)
- Land of Love (1937)
- The Divine Jetta (1937)
- Five Million Look for an Heir (1938)
- Target in the Clouds (1939)
- Renate in the Quartet (1939)
- Hurrah! I'm a Father (1939)
- Nanette (1940)
- Herz ohne Heimat (1940)
- Diesel (1942)
- Meine Freundin Josefine (1942)
- Don't Dream, Annette (1949)
- The Cousin from Nowhere (1953)
- The Priest from Kirchfeld (1955)
- The Heart of St. Pauli (1957)
- "Olga Limburg". Eyefilm. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- Hermanni 2011, p. 177.
- Wendtland & Wendtland 1995, p. 22.
- "Porträt der Schauspielerin Olga Limburg by Thomas Staedeli" (in German). Cyranos. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- Hermanni 2011, p. 179.
- Hermanni 2011, p. 180.
- "Die Filmfamilie von Heinz Rühmann - die Frauen" [The film family of Heinz Rühmann – the women]. Heidecker (in German). Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- Kulik, Karol. Alexander Korda: The Man Who Could Work Miracles. Virgin Books, 1990.
- Wendtland, Helga; Wendtland, Karlheinz (1995). Geliebter Kintopp. Sämtliche deutsche Spielfilme von 1929 – 1945. Künstlerbiographien L–Z [Beloved flicks. All German feature films from 1929 - 1945 Artist Biographies L-Z] (in German). Berlin: Verlag Medium Film Karlheinz Wendtland. ISBN 3-926945-14-1.
- Hermanni, Horst O. (2011). Das Film ABC Band 5: Von La Jana bis Robert Mulligan (in German). BoD – Books on Demand. ISBN 978-3-8423-1154-1.