was a film actress. Born Grethe Gerda Kornstädt in Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland) Parlo made her first film appearance in 1928 and quickly became a popular actress in Germany. During the 1930s she moved easily between German and French language films, achieving success in such films as L'Atalante (1934) and La Grande Illusion (The Grand Illusion) (1937). She attempted to establish a career in American films but despite a couple of roles in Hollywood films, was unable to extend her European success. She was scheduled to appear in the Orson Welles
production of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness but this did not eventuate. With the outbreak of World War II, Parlo returned to Germany. She appeared in only three films during the last thirty years of her life making her final film appearance in 1965.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
Dita Parlo Facts
|Birth Name||Grethe Gerda Kornstädt|
|Birthday||September 4, 1906|
|Date of death||December 13, 1971 (age 65)|
|Grand Illusion Jean Renoir's|
|La Grande Illusion|
|The Complete Jean Vigo|
|Au Bonheur des Dames|
|Grand Illusion: Essential Art House|