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July 23, 2022

35 Fabulous Vintage Portraits of Brigitte Helm in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1906 as Brigitte Gisela Eva Schittenhelm in Berlin, German actress Brigitte Helm had her first role as Maria in Metropolis which she began work on while only 18 years old. After Metropolis, she made over 30 other films, including talking pictures, before retiring in 1935.

Helm’s other appearances include The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927), Alraune (1928), L’Argent (1928), Gloria (1931), The Blue Danube (1932), L’Atlantide (1932), and Gold (1934). She was considered for the title role in Bride of Frankenstein before Elsa Lanchester was given the role.

Helm retired from films because she was “disgusted with the Nazi takeover of the film industry”. In 1935, she moved to Switzerland where she had four children with Dr. Hugo Kunheim. In her later years, she refused to grant any interviews concerning her film career.

Helm died in 1996 at the age of 90. Take a look at these fabulous portrait photos to see the beauty of young Brigitte Helm in the 1920s and 1930s.


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