|ACTOR (RUSSIAN EMPIRE)|
BORN 24 Jan 1881, Reval, Estonia (now: Tallin, Estonia) - DIED 17 Aug 1975, Berlin|
REAL NAME Wagner, Elisabeth Karoline Auguste
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Landeseigener Friedhof Dahlem, Königin-Luise-Straße 57 (Feld 10 (6 W - 30a) (ehemaliges Ehrengrab))
Elsa Wagner received private acting lessons at St. Petersburg and debuted at the theatre around 1900 in Berlin After engagements in Heidelberg, Plauen and Hanover she returned to Berlin, where she worked for the Deutschen Theater and the Staatstheater.
She was already a succesful theatre actress when she started her career in the silent movies in 1916. She could be seen in "Das wandernde Licht" (1916), "Die Blaue Mauritius" (1918) and "Störtebeker" (1919). She had smaller parts in bigger movies like "Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari" (1920) and "Die Buddenbrooks" (1923). This pattern continued in the sound movies, where she mostly played comic parts. In 1938 she was Pauline Pomponille in "Der Tanz auf dem Vulkan".
From 1940 onwards it became increasingly difficult for her to pursue her career, but she could be seen in smaller parts and in 1964 she was Nana in the new version of "Emil und die Detektives". When she played in "Der Fußgänger" (1973) she was over 90 years old. She died in Berlin in 1975.
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