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Exiles in Southern California
Oscar Homolka (1898-1978) & Florence Homolka (1911-1962)
Homolka was an Austrian character actor who worked in the Berlin theater
and film world. He was best known for his characterization of spies
and villians. He worked first for Max Reinhardt's theater and began
his film career in the mid 1920s. In 1935 he emigrated voluntarily to
Paris and England, leaving two years later for the United States. His
career in Hollywood movies was quite successful; a sampling of his films
are listed here: Ebb Tide (1937), Mission to Moscow
(1943), The Seven Year Itch (1955), and War and Peace
(1956). Homolka also appeared in several televison shows.
wife, Florence (Meyer) Homolka, was the eldest daughter of Eugene
(1875-1959), editor of the Washington Post, and Agnes E.
Meyer (1887-1970). Agnes Meyer became acquainted with Thomas Mann in
1937; they became good friends and Meyer helped to translate some of
Mann's writings. Florence Homolka worked as a photographer and took
many portraits of Marta
and Lion Feuchtwanger.
Homolkas lived at 10788 Bellagio Road in Bel-Air and 914 Corsica
Drive in Pacific Palisades.
Homolka's years in Southern California: 1937-1978.
Homolka's years in Southern California: 1937-1962.
New Encyclopaedia Britannica. 15th edition. Chicago: Encyclopaedia
Mann. Tagebücher 1940-1943. Edited by Peter de Mendelssohn.
Frankfurt: Fischer, 1982.
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