Elga Brink

Elisabeth Margarete Biermann[2] (née Brink, born Frey, 2 April 1905 – 28 October 1985), known professionally as Elga Brink, was a German film actress.[3] Brink rose to prominence in the early 1920s, when she starred in many silent films. Her last silent film was Marriage in Trouble in 1928. After silent films, Brink continued acting in sound films until her retirement in 1951. Her last role was in the 1951 movie Das fremde Leben. After her retirement, Brink remarried and worked as a clerk in Hamburg until her death in 1985.

Elga Brink
Elga Brink in Quo Vadis.jpg
Elga Brink in Quo Vadis, 1924
Elisabeth Margarete Frey

(1905-04-02)2 April 1905
Died28 October 1985(1985-10-28) (aged 80)
Years active1922–1951
Spouse(s)Fritz Borchardt (died 1926)[1]
George Jacoby (divorced)
Friedrich Goldbaum (divorced 1934)
Franz Biermann (died 1949)


Elga Brink was born Elisabeth Margarete Frey in Berlin on 2 April 1905, the daughter of a banker in Berlin-Waidmannslust. Shortly after her birth, her surname was changed to Brink.

Brink attended a business school before being introduced to silent films by Albert Pommer, the brother of Erich Pommer. Her first role was in a romantic comedy Lebenshunger, where she played a supporting role alongside Ressel Orla. After several more films, Brink rose to prominence as an actress in the 1924 movie Quo Vadis. Although the tapes of the movie were considered lost, in 2012, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported that a copy of the film was found in the Vatican Film Library.[4]

She starred in a number of films. Her second husband was the director Georg Jacoby, who divorced her and married actress Marika Rökk.[5] After the Second World War Elga Brink worked on the stage until she retired in 1951. She then worked as a clerk at a law firm in Hamburg until her death in 1985.



  1. ^ Kurt Mühsam / Egon Jacobsohn: Lexikon des Films. Verlag der Lichtbildbühne, Berlin 1926. S. 30
  2. ^ "Elga Brink". www.steffi-line.de. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2011-03-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "L'altro "Quo Vadis?" Muto e in nitrato di cellulosa". www.osservatoreromano.va. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  5. ^ According to Kay Less: The film The big Personenlexikon was Jacoby's first wife, not Elga Brink (Such as CineGraph reported), but the Budapest actress Edith Meller (1897–1953), while Elga Brink later was his partner.

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