Celia Lovsky

Celia Lovsky

82 (passed away Oct. 12th, 1979)
Feb. 21st, 1897
Born in
Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)

Celia Lovsky's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Steve Canyon TV Show
Steve Canyon
The New Phil Silvers Show TV Show
The New Phil Silvers Show

Main Movie Roles

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[none found]


Daughter of Bretislav Lvovsky (1857-1910), a minor Czech opera composer, Celia was born in Vienna where she trained at the Royal Academy of Arts and Music. She was a rising stage star in Vienna and Berlin in 1929, when she met future husband Peter Lorre (I). Celia accompanied the Jewish Lorre when he fled Hitler's Berlin to Vienna in 1933, then to Paris, then London where they married during the filming of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), in which Celia had an uncredited bit as a Russian aristocrat. Though she accompanied Lorre to Hollywood, she did not act professionally while married; but, after their divorce in 1945, she became a Hollywood character actress, appearing in over 40 films from 1947 to 1973 and about 200 TV episodes through 1976. Due to her accent, she played mostly European-born characters, often dignified or aristocratic; occasionally Hispanics, once an American Indian (with a Viennese accent!), and of course the ruler of the planet Vulcan. Celia remained a close friend of Peter Lorre (I) until his death in 1964; she died of natural causes in 1979, at age 82.

  • Celia was instrumental in making 'Fritz Lang (I)' (qv) aware of 'Peter Lorre (I)' (qv)'s talent, leading eventually to his debut film _M (1931)_ (qv).

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