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Haas, Dolly

(Hamburg 1910–New York 1994)

Born as Dorothy Clara Louise Hass. Actress. Trained in ballet, Dolly Haas has her first public dance performance at age 10. In Berlin, Max Reinhardt casts her in the show, "Wie werde ich reich und glücklich." Her film career begins as singing and dancing doll in Eine Stunde Glück (dir. Wilhelm Dieterle, 1930) and Dolly macht Karriere (dir. Anatole Litvak, 1930). While she continues her stage career as dancer, singer, and streetwise girl, in her films she often embodies a child-woman who is superior to her male partners because of her wit and energy, frequently in a "Hosenrolle." After anti-semitic protests following the premiere of Das hässliche Mädchen (dir. Hermann Kosterlitz—later to become Henry Koster)—she emigrates to England. Here she appears in Broken Blossoms of her husband-to-be John Brahm. In 1936 she signs a contract with Columbia, but after an 18-month wait for the right role, she returns to the stage in New York City. As of 1943 she has a successful Broadway career and thereafter also frequently appears on television. Her only major postwar film role is in Hitchcock's I Confess (1953) where she plays with O. E. Hasse an artist couple whose emigration to the US ends in tragedy.

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