Madys Christians

Madys Christians was born in Vienna, Austria in 1892.   She made her first film “The Black Hussar” in Germany in 1932.   In Hollywood four years later she starred in “Come and Get It” with Frances Farmer.   On Broadway she had an enourmous success with “I Remember Mama” in 1944.   On film she had fine roles in 1948 in “All My Sons” and “A Letter to an Unknown Woman” which was directed by Max Ophuls.   She was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and died in 1951.

From All Movie Guide: Primarily an actress of the European and American stage, she also appeared in many German and Hollywood films. Christians came to the U.S. in 1912 to appear with her parents in a German-speaking theater they established in New York. After making one film in the States, Audrey (1916), she returned to Germany to study with Max Reinhardt. In the ’20s she starred in numerous German plays and films, plus a few Broadway productions. With the coming to power of the Nazis in 1933, she returned to America for good, shuttling between Hollywood and Broadway. In films she tended to play supporting character parts, while on stage she continued to find lead roles. Late in her career she was blacklisted after being labeled a communist sympathizer during the McCarthy-era “witch trials.” ~ Rovi

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