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Elisabeth Bergner (August 22, 1897 – May 12, 1986) was a film and stage actress, born in Austro-Hungary, who appeared in films in Germany until moving to England to escape the Nazi threat to the Jews. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's classic film All About Eve is supposedly based on her...Wikipedia

Age: 88 (age at death)
Born: 22nd August, 1897, Drogobych, Ukraine
Died: 12th May, 1986, London, England
Height: Height Unknown
Nationality: Ukrainian

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As of 2007, she is one of six women, who have received Best Actress nominations for performances directed by their spouses. The other five are Frances McDormand for Fargo (1996), Gena Rowlands for A Woman Under the Influence (1974) & Gloria (1980), Julie Andrews for Victor Victoria (1982), Joanne Woodward for Rachel, Rachel (1968) and Jean Simmons for The Happy Ending (1969). Jules Dassin also directed his future wife Melina Mercouri in an Oscar-nominated performance (Pote tin Kyriaki (1960)), but they weren`t married yet at the time of the nomination.

 

An incident with a fan / aspiring actress in 1943-44, while Bergner was performing in the hit play "The Two Mrs. Carrolls" on Broadway, inspired Mary Orr to write her short story "The Wisdom of Eve". The story was ultimately filmed as All About Eve (1950).

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Timbo - From her work in The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934) she deserves recognition for spirited character acting and genuine celluloid presence. A real star! (4 years ago)

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