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Lya Lys (1908–1986)

This blonde stunner and German-born foreign import started life on May 18, 1908, in Berlin as Nathalie Margoulis (or perhaps Natalia Lyech) the daughter of a Russian banker and French pediatrician. The family moved to Paris when she was young where she received her schooling both there and in Switzerland. While little is known about her father, ... See full bio »

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L'Age d'Or The Woman
Murder in the Air Hilda Riker
The Return of Doctor X Angela Merrova


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 1940 Murder in the Air
Hilda Riker
 1939 The Return of Doctor X
Angela Merrova
 1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy
Erika Wolf
 1938 The Young in Heart
Lucille (uncredited)
 1937 My Dear Miss Aldrich
The Queen (uncredited)
 1937 The Great Gambini
 1935 Vagabond Lady
Pat - Tony's Friend (uncredited)
 1935 George White's 1935 Scandals
French Girl - Old Southern Custom (uncredited)
 1935 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Girl on Train (uncredited)
 1934 The Merry Widow
Newswoman (uncredited)
 1933 Jimmy and Sally
Pola Wenski
 1933 The Big Brain
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1933 Clear All Wires!
 1930 Soyons gais
 1930 L'Age d'Or
The Woman
 1930 Moral um Mitternacht
 1929 Maman Colibri
La jeune femme

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To be a success in this business you've got to be popular. And to be popular you'd better be just as nice to the least important people as to the great ones. Why, the man who brings you a drink of water today may be your director next week


In 1940, she married a Chicago vending machine manufacturer and former husband of actress Anna Q. Nilsson. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1943. Having previously suffered a nervous breakdown and declared bankruptcy, Lys never returned to acting. See more »

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