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Elissa Landi is a Actor Autrichienne born on 6 december 1904 at Venice (Italie)

Elissa Landi

Elissa Landi
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Birth name Elizabeth Marie Christine Kühnelt
Nationality Austria
Birth 6 december 1904 at Venice (Italie)
Death 21 october 1948 (at 43 years) at Kingston (USA)

Elissa Landi (December 6, 1904 – October 21, 1948) was an Italian born actress who was popular in Hollywood films of the 1920s and 1930s. Rumoured to be a descendant of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, she was noted for her aristocratic bearing.

Born Elisabeth Marie Christine Kühnelt in Venice, Landi 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).

Her first ambition was to be a writer, 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.

She played the heroine in Cecil B. De Mille'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) before appearing in the box office hit The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) with Robert Donat.

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.

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.

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

Best films

The Sign of the Cross (1932)

Usually with

Oscar Apfel
Oscar Apfel
(4 films)
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
(4 films)
Hal Mohr
Hal Mohr
(2 films)
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
(4 films)
Mischa Auer
Mischa Auer
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Elissa Landi (28 films)

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Corregidor (1943)
, 1h13
Directed by William Nigh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Otto Kruger, Elissa Landi, Donald Woods, Frank Jenks, Ian Keith, Rick Vallin
Roles Dr. Royce Lee Stockman
Rating50% 2.5267252.5267252.5267252.5267252.526725
A doctor and his staff in a hospital on the Philippine island of Corregidor shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor try to treat the sick, injured and wounded as American and Filipino troops desperately try to beat back a ferocious Japanese attack.
After the Thin Man, 1h53
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime, Romance
Actors William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, Penny Singleton, Elissa Landi, Joseph Calleia
Roles Selma Forrest Landis
Rating76% 3.8481353.8481353.8481353.8481353.848135
Nick and Nora Charles return from vacation to their home in San Francisco on New Year's Eve, where Nora's stuffy family expect the couple to join them for a formal dinner. Nick is despised by Nora's Aunt Katherine, the family matriarch, as his immigrant heritage and experience as a "flat foot" are considered below Nora. The true reason for their invitation is that Nora's cousin Selma's ne'er-do-well husband Robert has been missing. Nick is coerced into a little quiet detective work for the family.
Mad Holiday, 1h11
Directed by George B. Seitz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Edmund Lowe, Elissa Landi, Zasu Pitts, Ted Healy, Edmund Gwenn, Edgar Kennedy
Roles Peter Dean
Rating63% 3.1891353.1891353.1891353.1891353.189135
Koenigsmark, 1h55
Directed by Maurice Tourneur
Origin France
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Monde imaginaire
Actors Elissa Landi, John Lodge, Pierre Fresnay, Frank Vosper, Antonin Artaud, Allan Jeayes
Roles Princess Aurore
Rating58% 2.909852.909852.909852.909852.90985
Vignerte, précepteur à la cour d'une principauté germanique, tombe amoureux de la princesse Aurore, dont le premier mari est mort dans des circonstances mystérieuses. Vignerte soupçonne le frère du défunt.
Enter Madame, 1h23
Directed by Elliott Nugent
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Cary Grant, Elissa Landi, Lynne Overman, Sharon Lynn, Paul Porcasi, Cecilia Parker
Roles Lisa Della Robbia
Rating61% 3.0569653.0569653.0569653.0569653.056965
Gerald Fitzgerald, un Américain, épouse Lisa Della Robbia, une belle Italienne chanteuse d'opéra. Ils vivent une belle romance jusqu'à ce qu'elle reprenne son travail. Gerald accompagne Lisa en tournée, mais il se trouve relégué à cette situation d'accompagnateur. Gerald revient finalement aux États-Unis, Lisa lui ayant promis de le rejoindre après sa tournée en Scandinavie. Lisa repousse la date de son retour et Gerald perd patience et commence une procédure de divorce. Avant même que Lisa ait accepté le divorce, il renoue une relation avec Flora Preston. Mais un jour ils sont surpris par le retour de Lisa, qui jure qu'elle aussi a un amant qu'elle a l'intention d'épouser. Lorsque Gerald l'accuse de n'avoir aucune idée de ce qu'est d'être une épouse, de colère elle accepte le divorce, alors qu'elle l'aime encore et qu'elle n'a en réalité pas d'amant. Lisa insiste pour que Flora soit présente alors qu'ils discutent des aspects financiers du divorce et invite le couple à assister à son spectacle à l'opéra et à la rejoindre pour dîner ensuite. Finalement Gerald et Lisa se réconcilient et décident de partir en Amérique du Sud.
Without Regret, 1h14
Directed by Harold Young
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Elissa Landi, Paul Cavanagh, Frances Drake, Kent Taylor, Gilbert Emery, David Niven
Roles Jennifer Gage

Jennifer Gage voyage seule pour la première fois à la recherche de romantisme et d'exotisme. À Hong Kong, son train est attaqué par des bandits et elle demande l'aide de Steven Paradine, un aviateur américain, qui l'emmène chez sa maîtresse, Mona Gould. Steven prévient Jennifer qu'on ne peut pas lui faire confiance, mais ils tombent néanmoins amoureux l'un de l'autre et se marient. Un jour l'avion de Steven s'écrase en mer et il est porté disparu.
The Count of Monte Cristo, 1h53
Directed by Rowland V. Lee, Philip Dunne, Edward Small
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Prison films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer, Lionel Belmore, William Farnum
Roles Mercedes
Rating74% 3.742353.742353.742353.742353.74235
In 1815, a French merchant ship stops at the island of Elba. A letter from the exiled Napoleon is given to the ship's captain to deliver to a man in Marseille. Before he dies of a sickness, the captain entrusts the task to his first officer, Edmond Dantès (Donat). However, the city magistrate, Raymond de Villefort, Jr. (Calhern), is tipped off by an informer, the second officer, Danglars (Raymond Walburn), and has both men arrested after the exchange.
By Candlelight, 1h10
Directed by James Whale
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Elissa Landi, Paul Lukas, Nils Asther, Dorothy Revier, Lawrence Grant, Esther Ralston
Roles Marie
Rating70% 3.536033.536033.536033.536033.53603
During a European train journey, a nobleman's butler Josef (Paul Lukas) is mistaken for his employer Prince Alfred von Rommer (Nils Asther) by a beautiful woman, Marie (Elissa Landi), and he does nothing to disillusion her. In due course, the Prince himself arrives and is mistaken for his servant.
The Warrior's Husband, 1h15
Directed by Walter Lang, Lesley Selander
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Elissa Landi, David Manners, Ernest Truex, Katharine Hepburn, Lionel Belmore, Helen Ware
Roles Antiope
Rating71% 3.597363.597363.597363.597363.59736
In Pontus, the land of the Amazons, the gender roles and natures are completely reversed. Women are the strong sex, thanks to the sacred girdle of the goddess Diana (Roman names are used). It is in the care of queen Hippolyta and her sister Antiope (in the 1932 production played by Katharine Hepburn), the commander of the female armed forces. The men stay at home and take care of the children. Only Sapiens, the new husband of queen Hippolyta, advocates men's rights.