Lissi Arna

Active - 1928 - 1938  |   Born - Jan 1, 1899   |   Died - Jan 1, 1964   |   Genres - Drama, Romance, Comedy, War, Adventure

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

A beautiful, exotic-looking German silent screen actress, Lissi Arna (born Elisabeth Arndt) became a star opposite the popular Harry Piel. Usually cast as fallen women, Arna became associated with director William Dieterle, who brought her with him to Hollywood in 1930. Highly publicized as the newest European import, she was contracted by RKO and played William Boyd's German fiancée in the World War I melodrama Beyond Victory (1931). The film was an obvious attempt at duplicating the success of Universal's antiwar statement All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) but fell far short of such lofty expectations and did little for Arna, whose role was apparently severely cut prior to release. She returned to Germany, married a physician, and later relocated to Venezuela. The former star died of cancer in her hometown of Berlin, Germany.