Specialized Libraries and Archival Collections
by Claude Zachary, Rachelle Balinas, Clair Fedoruk
Date Completed: 7/25/2001
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Grete Mosheim Collection.
3 cubic ft.
University of Southern California.
Specialized Libraries and
Los Angeles, California
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Citation: [Identification of item], Grete Mosheim Collection.
(Collection 211). Specialized Libraries and Archival Collections,
Information Services Division, University of Southern California.
headings are LCSH)
includes personal and business correspondence of the German-born actress,
and articles and interviews covering Mosheim's career from the American
and German press.
Mosheim was born on 8 January 1905 in Berlin, Germany. She was educated
at the Viktoria Lyzeum, and in the school of the Deutschen Theaters
from 1922 to 1931. Although her first attempts on the stage were not
very well received, she established a connection with Max Reinhardt.
In 1922 Reinhardt gave Mosheim -- who at that time was seventeen -
the chance to substitute in the American play "The speaking ape" when
the female lead became ill. Within twenty-four hours Mosheim learned
the difficult role from Albert Bassermann and became literally over
night a superstar -- "die Mosheim". Until 1933 she ruled the Berlin
theatre scene appearing in widely varied roles; she was equally at
home in drama and comedy. She married her costar Oscar Homolka; they
divorced in 1933. In 1924 Mosheim for the first time played in a film
- "Michael". The next nine years brought her interesting roles in
important films like "Dreyfus" (1930) and "Yorck" (1931).
Mosheim emigrated to London in 1933. After overcoming the lanuage
barrier with intensive study of English, she found a role in London
in 1934 in "Two Share a Dwelling" with Alice Campbell. It became a
special success for Mosheim, because she met the American railroad
king Howard Gould, who had financed the performance, and who became
in 1937 her second husband. Mosheim accompanied Gould to New York
in 1938. Acceding to Gould's desire she spend more time with him,
she retired from acting for a few years, but in 1941 she returned
to the stage and was one of the founders of the German-speaking ensemble
"The Players from Abroad". Mosheim and Gould divorced in 1947. She
appeared in Germany for the first time after the war in 1952, and
visited many cities playing leading roles in pieces by modern American
dramatist such as Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams,
and John van Druten. She did not appear in films, however, other than
a few individual television appearances.
Grete Mosheim died on 29 December 1986.
- Moritz, lieber
Moritz (1978) .... Großmutter ... aka Moritz, Dear Moritz (1978)
- Car of Dreams
(1935) .... Vera Hart
- Moral und
- Arm wie eine
- Arme, kleine
- Yorck (1931)
(1930) .... Hete Fent
- Dreyfus (1930)
.... Lucie Dreyfus ... aka Dreyfus Case, The (1940) (USA) ...
aka Fall Dreyfus, Der (1930)
- Frau Sorge
- Flammen lügen,
- Mikaël (1924)
.... Alice Adelsskjold ... aka Chained (1924) (USA) ... aka Chained:
The Story of the Third Sex (1924) (USA) ... aka Heart's Desire
- Notable TV
guest appearances 1."Kommissar, Der" (1969) in episode: "...wie
die Wölfe" (episode # 2.7) 5/