Friday, February 16, 2007

Lili Damita - First of four postings

Liliane Marie-Madeleine Carre was born in Bordeaux, France. She was educated in convents and ballet schools in several European countries, including France, Spain and Portugal. At 14, she was enroled as a dancer at the Opera de Paris and by age 16 was a music hall sensation, succeeding the legendary Mistinguette as star of the Casino de Paris revue. Lili also worked as a photographic model and was offered a role in film as a prize for winning a magazine beauty competition in 1921. She appeared in several French silent films before being offered her first leading role in Das Spielzeug von Paris by director legendary director Michael Curtiz.

She soon became the second wife of Curtiz, but the marriage was over in less than a year following Curtiz's emigration to the USA.

More about Lili and her marriage to Errol Flynn in subsequent posts.

Lili Damita - What do you think? Allure?

1 comment:

Raquel Stecher said...

I loved these posts you did of Lili Damita! Excellent. I didn't realize she was married to Michael Curtiz. I have been reading about her in the new Errol & Olivia book and the text did mention that Flynn hated Curtiz. Ha!