Date of Birth: 03/11/1913
Place of birth: Cairo
"Movie Star of the Third Reich" Marika Rokk, which will soon be 86 years old, is in serious condition at a hospital in Baden near Vienna. She almost could not move, and it is fed with artificial infusions, but the actress is still in the minds of ...
Marika was born (real name Ilona) Rekk in 1913. With 11 years of age he began performing in musicals in New York, London, Paris. By nationality - Austrian Hungarian origin. The first role in the movie played in the film "Kiss the more sweeter" in 1932. The real take-off in its cinematographic career Marika Rokk achieved in the 1935-38`s, when began to be realized escapist concept Goebbels, who believed that the public should have a good time in theaters and relax and forget about the military reports or life troubles. By the way, curious ethnic composition of movie stars of the Third Reich. Of course, the UFA studios were completely cleared of Jews, but the German cinema did not become uniform and mononational. One of the most popular German actresses - Sarah Leander, shine in the melodrama was Swede. Just like Christina Ludendorff, who played the role in the ideological films (such as "offering to sacrifice"). Lilian Harvey - an Englishwoman known Olga Chekhov - Russian. All of them played in the movie Germans, though never concealed their nationality and even spoke German with a strong accent. From the stars of German cinema German women were only Magda Schneider (mother of Romy Schneider, is widely known in the Soviet Union) but Marlene Dietrich, who left "while it" in Hollywood. National diversity is typical for directors. For example, Marika Rokk Jacobi starred in the director of the Hungarian nationality in the years 1936-38 in several films. Among the operators in the UVA and the "Vienna-film" work (until the last days of the war) a lot of Russian. Thus, we can talk about a kind of Internazionale in the European cinema of the Third Reich.
But back to Marika Rokk. She starred in the film entertainment. Critics point out her good acting skills, visual appeal, as well as grace and plasticity. The most famous films - "Hello, Gianni," "Queen of Czardas" (1939), "Koroteri" (1940), as well as the first full-length (before there were only short) color film in Germany "Women - the best diplomats" (1941).
We also know that after the capture of Vienna of the Soviet army, in the studios of "Vienna Film" was a lot of unfinished films, including and Marika Rokk. Soviet filmmakers have completed them and allowed into the Soviet Union in theaters rental that has brought considerable revenue to the treasury. But where those films now - no one knows they are lost. For all time filming a movie Marika Rokk Reich played a role exclusively in musicals and melodramas. This journey to the German any country. Goodies from Sweden, Argentina, Spain, Hungary, the countries of North Africa, with the island of Mallorca, at least in England; negative - the French and the Italians for some reason. All German cinema sang and danced: Sarah Leander sang, danced Marika Rokk. In the film the Germans were greeted each other with "good morning", "Good evening!" and so on, the greeting "Heil Hitler!" and showing the Fuhrer portrait in entertainment films is strictly prohibited. Of course, in the Third Reich produced and ideological films, but they were taken on special occasions. Marika Rokk not starred in any such film. Her roles were innocent and entertaining movies. And yet, for some reason, more than any other actors Reich suffered exactly it: it refused to shoot. When in the 60s leftist filmmaker Peter Chamonix took Marika Rekk in one of his movies, he was subjected to obstruction on the part of colleagues. As a result, an actress for a long time did not appear on the screen. In the end she got a role on the Austrian and German studios, starring until 1981, and then began to act only in the operetta.
Until relatively recently, namely in its 79 years, Marika Rokk performed on the stage of the Budapest Operetta Theatre, performed fiery dances and perform complex pirouettes are not always available to young actresses. Literally until the last days before the hospital she kept fit, always laughing and the island. But even today, German actress could not get rid of the stigma of the Western public. About Rekk only referred to as an "famous Hungarian operetta actress." The German newspaper "Bild" published an interview with Rekk, which was taken at the hospital of Baden. In this interview, to the question of how she managed to keep the elderly such youthful appearance, Marika Rokk said: "The Lord God has given me this face and the body, and he forgot about wrinkles."