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Philippine "Betty" Amann (March 10, 1907 – August 3, 1990) was a German-American film actress of Jewish descent.[1] She began her film career in the United States with the film The Kick-Off (1926).[2]

Betty Amann
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Amann in Asphalt (1929)
Philippine Amann

(1907-03-10)March 10, 1907
Pirmasens, Germany
DiedAugust 3, 1990(1990-08-03) (aged 85)
Other namesBee Amann
Bee Andrews
Years active1926–1943
Spouse(s)David B. Stillman
(m. 19??; d. ??)



In Germany, she played together with Gustav Fröhlich, the female role in Asphalt (1929) directed by Joe May. May and producer Erich Pommer discovered her talent for the German film industry. Also in the first sound film, she worked further in Germany, with Hans Albers as a reporter in Hans in Every Street, directed by Carl Froelich.

After 1931, she worked in England, appearing in the Alfred Hitchcock film Rich and Strange (1931). One of her last appearances in the German film was in 1933 in Tugboat M 17. Her last role was in Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943), directed by Edgar G. Ulmer.

In 1987, Betty Amann received the German award Filmband in Gold for her long and outstanding work and performance for the German film.

Personal lifeEdit

Amann was married to David B. Stillman until his death in April, 1963.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1926 The Kick-Off Ruth
1929 The Trail of the Horse Thieves Amy Taggart
1929 Asphalt Else Kramer
1929 The Convict from Istanbul Hilde Wollwarth
1930 The White Devil Saira
1930 Oh Those Glorious Old Student Days Norma, dessen Tochter
1930 Niebezpieczny romans Ada
1930 Hans in Every Street Nelly, die Andere
1930 The Great Longing Herself
1931 The Song of the Nations
1931 The Perfect Lady Jacqueline Dubarry
1931 Rich and Strange (German title Endlich sind wir reich) The Princess
1931 Strictly Business Theodora Smith
1931 Pyjamas Preferred Violet Ray
1933 The Big Bluff Marion Millner
1933 Daughters of Today Joan
1933 Die kleine Schwindlerin Gwendoline
1933 Tugboat M 17 Gescha
1933 Strictly in Confidence Rita Short
1938 In Old Mexico Janet Leeds
1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter Eula Denning
1943 Isle of Forgotten Sins Olga (final film role)


  1. ^ Siegbert Salomon Prawer, Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933, Berghahn Books (2007), p. 213
  2. ^ Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim (2009). The concise Cinegraph: encyclopaedia of German cinema. Berghahn Books. p. 10. ISBN 1-57181-655-0. The daughter of German-American parents, Amman gerw up in the United States...she made her film debut in the college romance The Kick Off
  3. ^ "DAVID B. STILLMAN, LAWYER, FILM MAN". The New York Times. April 26, 1963. p. 35. His survivors include his widow, Betty Amann Stillman...

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