ANNY ONDRA: BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED ACTRESS AND WIFE OF BOXING CHAMPION MAX SCHMELING

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This risque vintage real photo postcard (Postcard 1) features actress Anny Ondra. The postcard was published by Iris Verlag. The photograph is by Verleih Norbert & Co.. The postcard is part of a series (no. 5446). The photo seen on this postcard captures Ondra in a scene from the movie “Blackmail” (1929). This particular postcard is rare. I have searched extensively and have not been able to locate this particular image elsewhere. Anny Ondra (1903-1987) was a Czech film actress. She was born in Tarnow, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (now Poland). She was active in the movie industry between 1914 and 1957. She acted in Czech, Austrian, and German films in the 1920’s. She appeared in some British dramas, most notably, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Manxman” (1929) and “Blackmail” (1929). The IMDb credits Ondra with over 90 acting credits between 1914 and 1957. She appeared in more than 40 films in the sound era. However, her career in British films was hurt by her thick accent. Check out the youtube video below. In this “test film”, Hitchcock “interviews” Ondra and makes her visibly uncomfortable and embarrassed by asking her very personal questions. She was married to German boxing champion Max Schmeling between 1933 and 1987. Schmeling was the world champion between 1930 and 1932. He is  well known for his fights with African American fighter, Joe Lewis. Ondra’s father was a Czech, Austro-Hungarian military officer and she grew up in Tarnow, Pula, and Prague. At the early age of seventeen, she acted in the theater as well as in a film. When her family learned that she had acted in a film, they were extremely angry. In fact, she reported that she was given a beating by her father. Post World War I was a time, for many people, that being an actress was akin to being a prostitute. Ondra began to live with her boyfriend (her debut film’s director) but after some time, the relationship ended because she wanted a family and he wanted nothing to do with marriage. In 1933, after a three year romance, Anny married Max Schmeling. She had been in a film with the boxer (“Knock-Out”, 1935). It was a “happy” marriage and the couple remained together until her death in 1987. Ondra and Schmeling were hot names in Nazi Germany. German fascists tried to exploit them in order to popularize their movement. Schmeling was seen as a German superman while Ondra represented the blonde Aryan type. The two celebrities refused to collaborate. Schmeling turned down honors and even helped hide two Jewish children, saving their lives. However, because of Nazi propoganda, many believed that the couple had collaborated. As a result, Schmeling and Ondra suffered financially for their fictional cooperation with the Nazis. Ondra was portrayed in two modern day movies, “Ring of Passion” (1978) and Joe and Max (2002).  (SOLD)

Postcard 2 was published by Ross Verlag. The photograph is from the Hammerer studio.  The logo for UFA, a German film company, can be seen in the right hand bottom corner of the image.   (SOLD)

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BRIGITTE HORNEY : THEATER & FILM ACTRESS :DAUGHTER OF PSYCHOANALYST KAREN HORNEY

This vintage real photo postcard features German theater and film actress, Brigitte Horney (1911-1988). She was well known for her role in “Baron Munchhausen (1943) and was considered one of Germany’s great actresses. The IMDb reports that Brigitte has 84 acting credits between 1930 and 1990. She was the daughter of a very famous psychoanalyst, Karen Horney. She moved to the United States after her mothers death to open the Karen Horney Clinic in New York City. Brigitte became a US citizen in 1953. This portrait postcard photo was taken by Hammerer. The logo for Wien Films can be seen on the lower right hand corner of the card. The postcard is part of a seies (no. A 3829/2). This postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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WINNIE MARKUS : GERMAN FILM ACTRESS (RPPC)

This vintage real photo postcard features actress Winnie Markus (1921-2002). She was born in Czechoslovakia and was a German film and television actress. She received theatre training at the Max Reinhardt Seminary in Vienna. She became a leading actress during the 1940’s and 1950’s. She had opportunities to work in Hollywood but she declined because she preferred to stay in Germany. She was married twice, once to an actor and once to a hotelier. Shortly before the end of World War II, she was shot in the leg by an inebriated Russian soldier. The IMDb lists 68 credits in Markus’s filmography between  1939 and 2001. This vintage real photo postcard was published by Film-Foto-Verlag and was part of a series (no.3558/1). The photographer was Hammerer for Wien-Film. This vintage postcard portrait is in very good condition (see scans). 

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