Zita Johann

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Zita Johann
Zita Johann 1933.jpg
Johann in 1933
Born (1904-07-14)14 July 1904
Deutschbentschek (near Temesvar), Austria-Hungary (now Timişoara, Romania)
Died 17 September 1993(1993-09-17) (aged 89)
Nyack, New York, U.S.
Years active 1931-1934, 1986
Spouse(s) John Houseman (1929-1933) (divorced)
John McCormick (divorced)
Bernard E. Shedd (divorced)[1]
Partner(s) John Huston

Zita Johann (14 July 1904 – 17 September 1993) was an Austrian American actress, best known for her role as Princess Ankhesenamon in Karl Freund's 1932 film version of The Mummy, co-starring with Boris Karloff.

A Banat German, she was born Elisabeth Johann in the village of Deutschbentschek (near Temesvar), Austria-Hungary. Her father, a hussar officer named Stefan Johann, emigrated with his family to the United States in 1911.[2]

She debuted on Broadway in 1924 and made her first film appearance in D. W. Griffith's 1931 film The Struggle. After seven films, she quit to work in theater, starring with John Houseman, to whom she was married 1929-1933, and with Orson Welles. She also taught acting to people with learning disorders.

Johann married three times. She made her last film appearance in the 1986 horror film Raiders of the Living Dead.

She died in 1993 at age 89 in Nyack, New York. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered in a stream in upstate New York.



  1. ^ Grimes, William (1993-09-30). "Zita Johann Dead; Actress, 89, Played The Mummy's Love - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Deutschbentschek in Banat". DVHH. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 

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