Dolly Haas

Dolly Haas

Additional Names: Dorothy Clara Louise Haas (Weiterer Name)
Darstellerin, Musik
*29.04.1910 Hamburg; †16.09.1994 New York, New York, USA

Biography

Dorothy Clara Louise Haas was born April 10, 1910, in Hamburg as the daughter of the Briton Charles Oswald Haas and the Viennese Margarete Hansen. From 1917 until 1927, she attended the progressive lyceum of Dr. Löwenberg.

Dolly Haas took ballet classes since the age of six. At the age of ten, she choreographed and performed her own dances. After graduating from school, she moved to Berlin where Erik Charell gave her a large supporting role in "Mikado". Subsequently, she obtained further engagements and performed at the cabaret. One of the highlights of her stage career was a role in the Max Reinhardt production "Wie werde ich reich und glücklich" (1930, directed by Erich Engel). In the same year, she made her debut as a movie actress with "Eine Stunde Glück", in which she played a singing and dancing shop window dummy. Her second movie, carrying the predictive title "Dolly macht Karriere", (Dolly"s Way to Stardom) found its way into cinemas before "Eine Stunde Glück" premiered. The film magazine Lichtbild-Bühne wrote about her performance: "She can dance and sing, she’s charming, spirited, and she has a great sense for situations that are both grotesque and funny. Moreover, she is an intelligent woman who‘s very aware of what she’s doing. A comic temperament par excellence… absolutely unique."


In addition to her theater work, Dolly Haas has played the cheerful child-woman who outmatches her male partners as far as decisiveness, smartness, energy, and courage is concerned in fifteen other movies. In "Liebeskommando", she enables her brother to become an artist by joining the army in place of him. In "Scampolo",she restores a broke banker to a new existence. In "Der Page vom Dalmasse Hotel", she rescues a rich nobleman from female impostors. Small, skinny, and preferably disguised as a boy, she has to convince her heroes – and sometimes even herself – from her femaleness. After having played men in several movies, Dolly Haas parodied her image in "Das häßliche Mädchen".

The premiere of this film saw violent excesses against her Jewish co-star Max Hansen. Dolly Haas left Germany in 1936 due to the growing anti-Semitism. In England, she played the role of Lucy in a remake of D.W. Griffith’ classic "Broken Blossoms", which was directed by her future husband Hans (John) Brahm. In 1936, the Hollywood studio Columbia offered her a three-years-contract. After having futilely waited for a role for 18 months, however, she returned to the theater in 1941. In New York, she starred as Hai-Tang in Erwin Piscator’s production of Klabund’s "Kreidekreis". From 1943, she achieved success on Broadway and occasionally starred in television productions. After a 17-year absence she returned to the big screen with Hitchcock’s "I Confess", in which she starred alongside O.E. Hasse as the wife of a sexton who emigrates to the United States, where her life ends tragically.

In 1943, Dolly Haas married the caricaturist Al Hirschfeld with whom she has a daughter (born in 1945). In 1983, the Berlin International Film Festival dedicated a retrospective to her work. She died September 16, 1994, in New York.

Filmography

1986/1987 Dolly, Lotte und Maria
Cast, Participation
 
1953 Main Street to Broadway
Cast
 
1953 I Confess
Cast
 
1952 The Merry Widow
Cast
 
1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
Cast
 
1942 I Married an Angel
Cast
 
1941 Unfinished Business
Cast
 
1940 The Bank Dick
Cast
 
1936 Star for a Night
Cast
 
1936 Broken Blossoms
Cast
 
1936 Spy of Napoleon
Cast
 
1934/1935 Warum lügt Fräulein Käthe?
Cast
 
1934 Girls Will Be Boys
Cast
 
1933/1934 Es tut sich was um Mitternacht
Cast
 
1933 Der Page vom Dalmasse-Hotel
Cast
 
1933 Kleines Mädel - großes Glück
Cast
 
1933 Das häßliche Mädchen
Cast
 
1932/1933 Die kleine Schwindlerin
Cast
 
1932 Großstadtnacht
Cast
 
1932 Scampolo, ein Kind der Straße
Cast, Vocals
 
1931/1932 Ein steinreicher Mann
Cast
 
1931/1932 So ein Mädel vergißt man nicht
Cast
 
1931/1932 Es wird schon wieder besser...
Cast
 
1931 Liebeskommando
Cast
 
1931 Der brave Sünder
Cast
 
1931 Der Ball
Cast
 
1930/1931 Eine Stunde Glück
Cast
 
1930 Dolly macht Karriere
Cast
 

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