Wera Engels

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Wera Engels
Wera Engels.jpg
Engels in 1933
Born (1905-05-12)12 May 1905
Kiel, Germany
Died 16 November 1988(1988-11-16) (aged 83)
Germany
Occupation Actress
Years active 1926–1937
Spouse(s) Ivan Lebedeff

Wera Engels (12 May 1905 – 16 November 1988) was a German actress. After successful leading roles in productions of the well-established German UFA-studios in Babelsberg as well as in France, she was invited to Hollywood. Producers saw her as a cheap alternative to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.

She was contracted with RKO. She and actress Mary Pickford reportedly became good friends. In 1935 she returned to Germany, but left soon thereafter. Back in Hollywood, she dated Gary Cooper for a while but married Lithuanian-born actor/writer Ivan Lebedeff. After Lebedeff's death in 1953 of angina pectoris, she moved back to Europe, where she stayed with several friends in London and Stockholm before she went back to Germany. She lived the rest of her life with Erna Hoffmann (widow of Heinrich Hoffmann, Hitler's friend and personal photographer) in the Munich area.

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