Dagny Servaes

Dagny Servaes (10 March 1894 – 10 July 1961) was a German-Austrian stage and film actress. In the theatre she appeared in the productions of Max Reinhardt[1] and Berthold Brecht. Servaes appeared in around sixty films during her career, initially in lead and later in supporting roles. One of her earliest screen performances was in the 1917 propaganda film Dr. Hart's Diary. She also voiced the character of the evil queen in a German language dub of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made for the Austrian market in 1938.

Dagny Servaes
Dagny Servaes by Alexander Binder.jpg
Born(1894-03-10)10 March 1894
Died10 July 1961(1961-07-10) (aged 67)
OccupationFilm and stage actress
Years active1916–1958
RelativesReginald Servaes (cousin)

Personal lifeEdit

Servaes was born in Berlin in the German Empire (present day Germany) to parents Martha (née Haese) and Franz Theodor Hubert Servaes.[2] She had with Erwin Goldarbeiter, a daughter, Evi Servaes, who also became an actress in movies and on stage. She had a brother, Roderich Servaes, whose son Arnim became a stage actor as well. Through her father, she was cousins with Vice Admiral Reginald Servaes. She is also distant cousins to English actor Tom Hiddleston.[2]

Selected filmographyEdit



  1. ^ Styan p.89
  2. ^ a b "De stomboom van Franz Joseph J. Servaes >> Stamboom Servaes Neuss/Dusseldorf". Genealogie Online. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "These are the forty-one new Paramount Pictures you should ask your theatre manager to book" (eNewspaper). The Deseret News. 29 July 1922. Retrieved 8 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Prawer, Siegbert Salomon (2005). Between two worlds : the Jewish presence in German and Austrian films, 1910-1933 (1. publ. ed.). New York [u.a.]: Berghahn Books. p. 63. ISBN 1-84545-074-4. Retrieved 9 May 2014. The sexes are reversed in Sidney Goldin's Jiskor (Gedenket, [Remembrance] (1924), starring Maurice Schwartz, Dagny Servaes and Oskar Beregi. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Albrecht Knaus Verlag Gmbh; Leni Riefenstahl (1987). Leni Riefenstahl: A Memoir. St. Martin's Press. p. 61. ISBN 0-312-11926-7. Retrieved 8 May 2014. His [Riefenstahl] best-known films were The Golem with Paul Wegener and The Student from Prague with Dagny Servaes, Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt, all of them artists of stature. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "The Weavers, 1927 | Silent Film Festival". SilentFilm.org. Retrieved 8 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b Youngkin, Stephen D. (2005). The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky. p. 463. ISBN 0-8131-2360-7. Retrieved 9 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b c d e "Dagny Servaes | BFI". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ a b Garden, Ian (2012). The Third Reich's celluloid war : propaganda in Nazi feature films, documentaries and television. Stroud, Gloucestershire [England]: History Press. ISBN 978-0-7524-6442-8. Retrieved 9 May 2014. Dagny Servaes (Sylvia Casilla) CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


  • Prawer, S. S. Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933. Berghahn Books, 2005.
  • Styan, J. L. Max Reinhardt . CUP Archive, 1982.

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