Feiler, Hertha

ACTOR (AUSTRIA)
BORN 3 Aug 1916, Wien - DIED 1 Nov 1970, München
GRAVE LOCATION Grünwald (near München), Bayern: Waldfriedhof, Tölzer Strasse (XII-3)

Hertha Feiler was the daughter of an architect. She wanted to be a pianist, but after an inflammation this became impossible and she pursued an acting career. She made her stage debut in Vienna in 1936 and her first movie part was in "Liebling der Matrosen" (1937) where she appeared next to Wolf Albach-Retty.

She worked with Heinz Rühmann during the shooting of "Lauter Lügen" (1938). Rühmann had to divorce his Jewish wife Maria Bernheim in 1938. In later years Rühmann said that when he met Hertha Feiler again the next year at a private occasion, she reminded him that he still owed her 20 mark. He was very ashamed and probably exaggerated his apologies: on July 1st, 1939 they were married.

They lived at Kleinen Wannsee 15 in Berlin and their son Peter was born on June 7th, 1942. Feiler was partly Jewish herself and was only allowed to work with a special permit, but together with Rühmann she made several succesfull movies until the end of the war. In 1939 she appeared in "Frau im Storm" with Attila Hörbiger and in 1943 she performed in "Rembrandt" with Eduard Balser. She was also in the racist "Quax in Africa" that was shot in 1943/1944 but not shown until 1953.

When the Russians entered Germany in 1945 she was raped several times by Russian soldiers in front of her husband. The Soviet troops destroyed their bungalow and in 1947 they lived in a wooden barrack at the Bavaria Filmgelände.

After the war she continued her career and until 1960 she worked with the leading actors of her time, among them Peter Pasetti, Rudolf Prack, Paul Klinger, Willy Fritsch, Johannes Heesters and Willy Birgel. Her last movie was "Die Ente klingelt um halb acht" (1968) which also featured with Rühmann. By that time she suffered from cancer and she wasn't able to work anymore. She spent the rest of her life in Munich, where she died in 1970, aged only 54.

Family
• Husband: Rühmann, Heinz (1939-1970)

Related persons
• was directed by Rühmann, Heinz

Sources
Hertha Feiler
Hertha Feiler – Wikipedia
Internet Movie Database
Pages Persos Chez.com

Images

Hertha Feiler.
(1941-1944)

 

Hertha Feiler.
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The grave of Hertha Feiler at the Waldfriedhof, Grünwald.
Picture by androom (24 May 2006)

 

The grave of Hertha Feiler at the Waldfriedhof, Grünwald.
Picture by androom (24 May 2006)

 

Hertha Feiler.
(1941-1944)

 

Hertha Feiler.
(1941-1944)

 

Hertha Feiler.
 

Hertha Feiler.
(1941-1944)
Picture by Foto Quick

 

Hertha Feiler.
(1941-1944)
Picture by W. Lüdtke

 

Hertha Feiler.
(1941-1944)
Picture by Baumann

 


Feininger, Lyonel

Published: 28 May 2006
Last update: 12 Apr 2015