Johann in 1933
14 July 1904|
Deutschbentschek (near Temesvar), Austria-Hungary (now Timişoara, Romania)
|Died||17 September 1993
Nyack, New York, U.S.
|Years active||1931-1934, 1986|
|Spouse(s)||John Houseman (1929-1933) (divorced)
John McCormick (divorced)
Bernard E. Shedd (divorced)
Zita Johann (14 July 1904 – 17 September 1993) was a German American actress, best known for her role as Princess Ankhesenamón 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.
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.
- 1931: The Struggle (Florrie)
- 1932: Tiger Shark (Quita Silva)
- 1932: The Mummy (Helen Grosvenor / Princess Anck-es-en-Amon)
- 1933: The Sin of Nora Moran (Nora Moran)
- 1933: The Men Who Dared (Teena Pavelic)
- 1933: Luxury Liner (Miss Morgan)
- 1934: Grand Canary (Suzan Tranter)
- 1986: Raiders of the Living Dead (a librarian)
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- Zita Johann at the Internet Movie Database
- Zita Johann at Find a Grave
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