Irene von Meyendorff
|From||United Kingdom United Kingdom Germany Germany Germany|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||6 June 1916, Tallinn, Harju County, Estonia|
|Death||28 September 2001, London, Greater London, London, England (aged 85 years)|
Irene von Meyendorff (6 June 1916 – 28 September 2001) was a German actress.
Irene von Meyendorff was of Baltic German origin, born in 1916 in Tallinn (then Reval), Estonia as the eldest child of a German-Baltic aristocrat. Her birth name and title was Baroness Irene Isabella Margarete Pauline Caecila von Meyendorff. In the early 1930s she came to Berlin to work as a cutter in the UFA film studios of Babelsberg. Her beauty soon landed her first film roles and the attention of Joseph Goebbels. Representing the purest ideal of Aryan beauty, the actress portrayed mostly noble patricians. The sale of her promotional post cards shows that she was the number one pin-up girl among the German Army during World War II.
She was cast by propaganda director Veit Harlan twice: in 1944 in Opfergang and in 1945 in Kolberg. The production of these elaborately produced color films was strictly supervised by Goebbels; Kolberg was the most expensive film ever produced in Germany (with the budget of 8.5 million Reichsmarks), produced to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's ascend to power, opening on 30 January 1945. In 1961 she met British actor James Robertson Justice, fell in love with him and left her third husband Pit Severin, a journalist from Hamburg, to follow Justice to England. She all but gave up acting, returning only briefly in such films as the costume drama Mayerling (1968).
She became a British citizen in 1967, and changed her name to Irina. A series of strokes, starting in 1968, gradually prevented James Robertson Justice from working again and led to his eventual bankruptcy. Earning her living as a teacher at a local language school, Irina nursed him until his death in 1975. After 14 years of living together, they were finally married on his deathbed in hospital three days before he died.
Eight years after Justice's death in 1975, she married his best friend and their neighbour, millionaire and philanthropist Keith Bromley. At age 70, she sailed to the Arctic and the Orinoco River. On 28 September 2001 she died in Hampshire, aged 85.
- 1935/36 Die letzten Vier von Santa Cruz
- 1936 Verräter
- 1938 Travelling People
- 1938 Es leuchten die Sterne
- 1938 Zwei Frauen
- 1939 Wibbel the Tailor
- 1939 Linen from Ireland
- 1939 We Danced Around the World
- 1940 Casanova heiratet
- 1941 Frau Luna
- 1941 Was geschah in dieser Nacht ?
- 1942 Einmal der liebe Herrgott sein
- 1942 Whom the Gods Love
- 1942 Johann
- 1942/44 Opfergang
- 1943 Um 9 kommt Harald
- 1943/44 Eine kleine Sommermelodie
- 1943/45 Kolberg
- 1944 Philharmoniker
- 1948 Film Without a Title
- 1948 Der Apfel ist ab
- 1949 1x1 der Ehe
- 1950 The Orplid Mystery
- 1950 A Rare Lover
- 1952 Poison in the Zoo
- 1953 The Cousin from Nowhere
- 1954 Bildnis einer Unbekannten
- 1954 Captain Wronski
- 1955 Versuchung
- 1955 Zärtliches Geheimnis/Versuchung im Tirol
- 1956 Drei Birken auf der Heide
- 1957 Die Freudin meines Mannes
- 1960 In namen einer Mutter
- 1960 The Ambassador
- 1960 Das Paradies (TV)
- 1965 Hell is Empty
- 1965 Long Legs, Long Fingers
- 1968 Mayerling