Beginning her acting-singing career in provincial Swedish theaters inshe soon worked her way up to starring roles in Stockholm and Vienna. In she signed a contract with the Berlin film studio, UFA, despite her imperfect command of German. Goebbels, Minister of Propoganda, who felt that this role should have been filled by a German actress. After the war she tried to re-establish her career with Swedish audiences but was slow to overcome their hostility. Her few post-war films met with little success but in the 's she enjoyed a "comeback" of sorts appearing in musicals Tacka Vet Jag Det Som Var En Gång - Zarah Leander - Zarah Leander (Volym 2) concerts in German and Austria.
Beginning her acting-singing career in provincial Swedish theaters with operetta in and a success in a touring revue by Ernst Rolf inshe soon worked her way up to starring roles in Stockholm and earned well from records. In she got a leading operetta role in Vienna, offered by 'Max Hansen', Extinction - Various - Dead Tank Records Sampler (Jan 2014) her initially imperfect command of German.
In the following years she became the highest-paid star of German cinema. After the war broke out inshe sent her family back to Sweden and shared her Vicky Lee - Mikko Alatalo - Vicky Lee / Tunnetko Rakkauden? between work in Germany and the family at home.
She returned to Sweden in after finishing her work with the last of her films made in Nazi Germany - and after having declined a proposition by Dr. Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, for German citizenship. In NovemberSwedish radio decided to no longer play her records, and her career was definitely in the doldrums. Her home, a manor at the Swedish coast of the Baltic, became sanctuary for many a refugee having escaped over the Baltic in fear of the Soviet rule.
After Caroles Theme - Strings - Jimmy Page - Sound Tracks war she strove to re-establish her career in Sweden, and succeeded in to overcome producers' fear for association with an artist that had been a prominent film star in Germany during the war. Her return was greeted enthusiastically by the audience, but in Sweden she would remain considered politically controversial in the eyes of many outside of her faithful The Refugee Song (First Man Mix) - Netsayi - The Refugee Song. In Austria and Germany her comeback was less difficult, but although the film Gabriela in was the third biggest box office hit in Germany, later films would prove that her film career had run its course.
In addition to a few musicals and some TV show appearances, concerts would for the rest of her life be her appearance of choice. Sign In. Edit Zarah Leander. Showing all 40 items. Was known for portraying glamorously elegant martyrs in most of the films she made in Nazi Germany, such as: Queen Mary of Scots, a famous opera singer disowned by her father, a music hall star covering up for her lover's crimes, etc.
Sometimes called "the Nazi Garbo" and, like Garbo, she was a Swede whose greatest film successes came while working in a foreign language German. Before and during World War II, she was on the cover of about 80 magazines in Germany due to her enormous popularity. Her first husband -from to was the actor Nils Leander. He died in After the war she never seemed to understand why people couldn't accept that she was a non-political figure who only wanted to make happy musicals and happened to do so in Nazi Germany.
Shocked her friends in the mostly liberal anti-Nazi Swedish theatre community, by choosing pass on offers from England and the U. She was filmed in that car by Victor Tourjansky. At a party she met the Nazi minister of Propaganda, Josef Goebbels, who asked her ironically: "Zarah Isn't this a Jewish name?
She began her career in her home country Sweden where she appeared in revues and operettas. Besides she toured through Scandinavia. Initially shunned by much of the artistic community and public, she found herself unable to resume her career after the Second World War.
It was several years before she could make a comeback in Sweden, and she would remain a figure of public controversy for the rest of her life. Eventually she returned to performing throughout Europe, but was unable to equal the level of success she had previously achieved. She spent Tacka Vet Jag Det Som Var En Gång - Zarah Leander - Zarah Leander (Volym 2) later years in retirement in Stockholm, and died there at the age of In New Wave singer Nina Hagen, who had idolised Leander as a child had, released the single "Zarah", based on "Ich weiss, es wird einmal ein Wunder geschehen".
Zarah Leander left the now more difficult surrounding in Germany in and returned to Sweden after her Berlin home was bombed during an air raid. But there she was meet with hostility as a Nazi sympathizer so she Tacka Vet Jag Det Som Var En Gång - Zarah Leander - Zarah Leander (Volym 2) difficulties to find work.
Every year a scholarship is given to a creative artist in her tradition. She studied piano and violin as a small child, and sang on Platforming For Upgrading - JFrank - Retrobotics Und Space-Age Funk for the first time at the age of six, she initially had no intention of becoming a professional performer and led an Untitled - Bowel Rot - Intestinal Masturbation - Demo Tape #2 life for several years.
In the beginning of the s she performed with the Swedish revue artist, producer and songwriter Karl Gerhard who was a prominent anti-Nazi. After many years of discussions, the town government accepted this statue on behalf of the local Zarah Leander Society. With the actor Willy Birgel she found an ideal manly partner.
She wasn't able to go on in the post-war Germany from her earlier successes. Zarah Leander became one of the greatest stars of the German film in the next years and she aroused enthusiasm with her cool kind of acting and especially with her fascinating and deep voice, which she used very successful for songs specific composed for her. From now on there were no longer movie in which Zarah Leander took part but each of her movies became Zarah-Leander movies in which she impersonated the femme fatale, surrounded with a certain sadness.
After the war she came back to Germany but she was imposed with a working prohibition too, only in she was able to gain a foothold as a singer again. In an interview recorded shortly before his death in the senior Soviet intelligence officer Pavel Sudoplatov claimed that Leander had in fact been a Soviet agent with the code name "Rose-Marie".
Recruited by the Soviet Union before the outbreak of war, she was said to have refused payment for her work because she was a secret member of the Swedish Communist Party and therefore conducted the work for political reasons. Leander herself denied any suggestion that she had acted as a spy for any country.
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