Irene von Meyendorff

Irene von Meyendorff

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1916-06-06
Deathday: 2001-09-28 (85 years old)

Biography

Baroness Irene von Meyendorff (6 June 1916 – 28 September 2001) was a Russian-born German-British actress. Baroness Irene von Meyendorff was of Baltic German origin, born in 1916 in Tallinn (then Reval, Russian Empire), Estonia as the eldest child of a German-Baltic aristocrat. Her birth name and title was Baroness Irene Isabella Margarete Pauline Caecila von Meyendorff. In the early 1930s she moved to Berlin to work as a cutter in the UFA film studios of Babelsberg. Her beauty soon landed her first film roles and the attention of Joseph Goebbels. Being purported to represent the purest ideal of Aryan beauty, the actress portrayed mostly noble patricians. The sale of her promotional postcards shows that she was the number one pin-up girl among the German Army during World War II.

She was cast by propaganda director Veit Harlan twice: in 1944 in Opfergang and in 1945 in Kolberg. The production of these elaborately produced colour films was strictly supervised by Goebbels; Kolberg was the most expensive film ever produced in Germany (with the budget of 8.5 million Reichsmarks), intended to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's ascent to power, opening on 30 January 1945. In 1960, she met British actor James Robertson Justice, fell in love with him and left her third husband Pit Severin, a journalist from Hamburg, to follow Justice to Britain. She all but gave up acting, returning only briefly in such films as the costume drama Mayerling (1968).She became a British citizen in 1967, and changed her name to Irina. A series of strokes, starting in 1968, gradually prevented James Robertson Justice from working again and led to his eventual bankruptcy. Earning her living as a teacher at a local language school, Irina nursed him until his death in 1975. After 14 years of living together, they were finally married on his deathbed in hospital three days before he died.At age 70, she sailed to the Arctic and the Orinoco River. In 1990, she married Justice's best friend and their neighbour, millionaire and philanthropist — heir to shoe sellers Russell & Bromley — Frederick Keith ("Toby") Bromley. On 28 September 2001 she died in Hampshire, aged 85. She was predeceased by her son, Andreas Zahler (1940–1985). She was survived by her granddaughter, Rebecca (b. 1984).

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Filmography

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Movies 39

TV Shows 1

self 1

Countess Stockau
Mayerling

Mayerling (1968)

Movie
Helen McGee
Hell Is Empty

Hell Is Empty (1967)

Movie
Lady Hammond
Long Legs, Long Fingers

Long Legs, Long Fingers (1966)

Movie
Frau Taluyer
Das Paradies

Das Paradies (1960)

Movie
Ruth Ryan
The Ambassadress

The Ambassadress (1960)

Movie
Nora Fellaner, Lehrerin
Im Namen einer Mutter

Im Namen einer Mutter (1960)

Movie
Else Rietburg
Die Freundin meines Mannes

Die Freundin meines Mannes (1957)

Movie
Ada Wedekind
Drei Birken auf der Heide

Drei Birken auf der Heide (1956)

Movie
Charlie
Holidays in Tyrol

Holidays in Tyrol (1956)

Movie
Sabine Brand
Versuchung

Versuchung (1955)

Movie
Liane von Templin
Cavalry Captain Wronski

Cavalry Captain Wronski (1954)

Movie
Frau des Botschafters
Portrait of an Unknown Woman

Portrait of an Unknown Woman (1954)

Movie
Irmgard von Ottenberg
Der Vetter aus Dingsda

Der Vetter aus Dingsda (1953)

Movie
Vera Pauly
Gift im Zoo

Gift im Zoo (1952)

Movie
Self
Deutscher Filmpreis

Deutscher Filmpreis (1951)

TV
Hortense Clairmont
Eine seltene Geliebte

Eine seltene Geliebte (1950)

Movie
Conchita/Braut von Martin Jarzombeck
Epilogue

Epilogue (1950)

Movie
Eva-Lilith
The Original Sin

The Original Sin (1948)

Movie
Luisa Weber Langer
The Mozart Story

The Mozart Story (1948)

Movie
Angelika Rösch
Film Without Title

Film Without Title (1948)

Movie
Königin
Kolberg

Kolberg (1945)

Movie
Elisabeth Molander
The Molander Case

The Molander Case (1945)

Movie
Octavia Froben
The Great Sacrifice

The Great Sacrifice (1944)

Movie
Maria Hartwig
Philharmoniker

Philharmoniker (1944)

Movie
Edith Gedeye
Um neun kommt Harald

Um neun kommt Harald (1944)

Movie
Eva-Maria Tiedemann
Eine kleine Sommermelodie

Eine kleine Sommermelodie (1944)

Movie
Uschi von Zirndorf
Johann

Johann (1943)

Movie
Luisa Weber Langer
Whom the Gods Love

Whom the Gods Love (1942)

Movie
Marie Christine Passecker
Einmal der liebe Herrgott sein

Einmal der liebe Herrgott sein (1942)

Movie
Marion
Was geschah in dieser Nacht?

Was geschah in dieser Nacht? (1941)

Movie
Gerda
Frau Luna

Frau Luna (1941)

Movie
Gertrud Pank
Casanova heiratet

Casanova heiratet (1940)

Movie
Eva
We're Dancing Around the World

We're Dancing Around the World (1939)

Movie
Lilly, seine Tochter
Leinen aus Irland

Leinen aus Irland (1939)

Movie
Klementine genannt 'Tinchen'
Schneider Wibbel

Schneider Wibbel (1939)

Movie
Kunstreiterin Yvonne, seine Tochter
Fahrendes Volk

Fahrendes Volk (1938)

Movie
Eva von Barkow
Two Women

Two Women (1938)

Movie
Gast
The Stars Shine

The Stars Shine (1938)

Movie
Hilde Körner
The Traitor

The Traitor (1936)

Movie
Madeleine - seine Braut
Die letzten vier von Santa Cruz

Die letzten vier von Santa Cruz (1936)

Movie

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Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1916-06-06

Deathday
2001-09-28 (85 years old)

Birth Place
Tallinn, Estonia

Relationships
James Robertson Justice (1975-06-29 - 1975-07-02)

Citizenships
German Empire, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Weimar Republic, Russian Empire, Nazi Germany, United Kingdom

Also Known As
Ирена фон Мейендорф

Awards
German Film Award


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