Elissa Landi

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Elissa Landi
Elissa Landi in After the Thin Man trailer.jpg
from the After the Thin Man film trailer, 1936
Born
Elizabeth Marie Christine Kühnelt

(1904-12-06)December 6, 1904
Venice, Italy
DiedOctober 21, 1948(1948-10-21) (aged 43)
Years active19261943
Spouse(s)John Cecil Lawrence (19281936) (divorced)
Curtiss Thomas (19431948) (her death) 1 daughter
Children1
Elissa Landi in 1932 Elissa Landi (1904-1948).jpg
Elissa Landi in 1932

Elissa Landi (born Elisabeth Marie Christine Kühnelt, December 6, 1904 October 21, 1948) was an Italian-born Austrian actress and novelist who was popular as a performer in Hollywood films of the 1920s and 1930s. [1] She was noted for her aristocratic bearing.

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Biography

Born Elisabeth Marie Christine Kühnelt in Venice to Austrian military officer Richard Kühnelt and his wife Caroline Kühnelt. She was raised in Austria and educated in England. From 1928 to 1936 Landi was married to John Cecil Lawrence, and from 1943 to 1948 to Curtis Kinney Thomas (1905-2002).

Venice Comune in Veneto, Italy

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Education Learning in which knowledge and skills is transferred through teaching

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Her first ambition was to be an author, and she wrote her first novel at the age of twenty. She would return to writing during lulls in her acting career. She joined the Oxford Repertory Company at an early age, appearing in many British and American stage successes.

During the 1920s she appeared in British, French, and German films before travelling to the United States to appear in a Broadway production of A Farewell to Arms . She was signed to a contract by Fox Film Corporation (later 20th Century Fox) in 1931.

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<i>A Farewell to Arms</i> Ernest Hemingway novel

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She played the heroine in Cecil B. DeMille's The Sign of the Cross (1932), but was overshadowed by Claudette Colbert who played the flashier role of Poppea. She was paired successfully with some of the major leading men, such as David Manners, Charles Farrell, Warner Baxter, and Ronald Colman in romantic dramas such as Body and Soul (1931; which also featured Humphrey Bogart) before appearing in the box office hit The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) with Robert Donat.

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Claudette Colbert French-American actress

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Her contract with Fox was abruptly cancelled in 1936 as a result of her refusal to accept a particular role. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer signed her to a contract and after a couple of romantic dramas she played the cousin of Myrna Loy in the very popular After the Thin Man (1936). After only two more films she retired, in 1943.

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Myrna Loy American film, television and stage actress

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<i>After the Thin Man</i> 1936 film by W. S. Van Dyke

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She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1943, and dedicated herself to writing, producing six novels and a series of poems.

She died from cancer in Kingston, New York, and was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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Kingston, New York City in New York, United States

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Newburyport, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

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Elissa Landi has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 1615 Vine Street.

Filmography

Robert Donat and Elissa Landi in The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) The-Count-of-Monte-Cristo-Donat-Landi.jpg
Robert Donat and Elissa Landi in The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
Lobby card for After the Thin Man (1936) After-the-Thin-Man-LC-2.jpg
Lobby card for After the Thin Man (1936)

Radio appearances

YearProgramEpisode/source
1943 Suspense --- [2]

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References

  1. Obituary Variety , October 27, 1948, page 55.
  2. "(photo caption)". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. January 4, 1943. p. 8. Retrieved January 6, 2016 via Newspapers.com. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg