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Brigitte Helm
Birth: Mar. 17, 1908
Berlin-Mitte
Mitte
Berlin, Germany
Death: Jun. 11, 1996
Locarno
Ticino, Switzerland

Actress. Most famous for her first film role as 'Maria' and her robot doppleganger in Fritz Lang's 1927 classic film "Metropolis" (she was only 19 at the time). She starred in more than thirty films throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s, such as "Desire", "The Mistress of Atlantis" and "Am rand der Welt" (At the Edge of the World). Working with a perfectionist Lang on "Metropolis" was so physically tasking that she refused to make another film with him. She was Josef Von Sternberg's first choice for the lead in "The Blue Angel" but the part went to Marlene Dietrich after Helm turned it down. Disgusted with Hitler's Nazi takeover of the German film industry and refusing to leave for Hollywood, she retired from acting in 1935. Brigitte Helm repeatedly turned down interviews to discuss her film career. She lived a private life until her death in 1996 in Ascona, Switzerland at the age of 88. 
 
Burial:
Ascona Cemetery
Locarno
Ticino, Switzerland
 
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Record added: Aug 14, 2000
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My father found you were a member of the Schittenhelm family some years before he died when he became fascinated with internet geneology searches. In America, we all changed our names, too.
- moondimer
 Added: Apr. 17, 2015

- Roses♥
 Added: Apr. 6, 2015
Dearest Brigitte. I send this birthday wish across the Infinate, and hope that it finds you, wherever you are, happy, content, and loved.With much love,
- F. W. Lukeo
 Added: Mar. 18, 2015
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