Gilda Langer

Gilda Langer (born Hermengild Langer, 16 May 1896 – 31 January 1920)[1] was a German stage and film actress whose career began in the mid-1910s and lasted until her death in 1920. She appeared both on stage and in silent films; however, all films featuring Langer as an actress are now considered lost.[2]

Gilda Langer
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Gilda Langer in 1919
Hermengild Langer

(1896-05-16)16 May 1896
Died31 January 1920(1920-01-31) (aged 23)
Years active1917–1920

Early lifeEdit

Gilda Langer was born Hermengild Langer into a Sudeten German family in Oderfurt, Austria-Hungary (now, Přívoz, Czech Republic). Around 1915, she met Austrian dramaturge and screenwriter Carl Mayer in Vienna who then took her to Berlin and helped her to gain an engagement as a stage actress at the Residenz Theatre. Her first role at the theatre was in a production of the Robert Grötzach-penned 1917 play Dyckerpotts Erben.[3]

Film careerEdit

In 1917, Carl Mayer announced to the film trade press that Langer would begin appearing in leading lady roles in several films for the newly created Berlin-based Star-Film company. Her first film role was in the 1917 Alexander Antalffy and Paul Leni-directed drama The Mystery of Bangalore, opposite actors Conrad Veidt and Harry Liedtke. This was followed in 1918 by a starring role in the Jenő Illés-directed drama Struggling Souls. After being introduced to filmmaker Fritz Lang, Langer would appear prominently in Lang's films Halbblut and Der Herr der Liebe, both released in 1919.[4]

In 1919, Gilda Langer was cast to play the role of Jane in the Robert Wiene-directed and Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz-penned German Expressionist horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. However, Langer became ill before shooting and had to be replaced by actress Lil Dagover. Langer's last film role was in the Fritz Lang-penned and Otto Rippert directed 1919 drama The Woman with Orchids.[5]

Personal life and deathEdit

In January 1920, Langer became engaged to Hungarian film director Paul Czinner. Langer fell ill with a lung infection after contracting the Spanish flu shortly after this engagement[6] and died on 31 January 1920, aged 23. Her funeral was held on 4 February 1920 and she was interred at the Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf cemetery in Stahnsdorf, Brandenburg.[3][7]


  1. ^ name="fhd">"Actress Gilda Langer (1896–1820)". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  2. ^ Brill, Olaf. "Gilda Langer". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Actress Gilda Langer (1896–1820)". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Gilda Langer". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  5. ^ Robinson, David (2013). Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (2nd ed.). London: British Film Institute. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-84457-649-4.
  6. ^ Brennicke, Ilona; Hembus, Joe (1983). Klassiker des deutschen Stummfilms, 1910–1930 (in German). Munich: Goldmann. p. 57. ISBN 978-3-442-10212-9.
  7. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons (3rd ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4766-2599-7.

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