Hedda Vernon

Hedda Vernon (born Hedwig Klara Kemp, 20 October 1888[1] – 1925) was a German actress, screenwriter, and film producer. She was a prominent star of the early Weimar Republic, and had her own film production company.

Hedda Vernon
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Vernon, 1910s
Hedwig Klara Kemp

20 October 1888
Died1925 (aged 36–37)
OccupationActress, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1912–1925
(m. 1913; div. 1920)
Ernst Hofmann

Early lifeEdit

Hedwig Klara Kemp was born on 20 October 1888 to Carl Martin Friedrich Kemp (1849–1901). She had three brothers and four sisters.[2]


Vernon was hired in 1912 by the German Bioscope as an actress. She made her screen debut in 1912 in the silent film Die Papierspur (The Paper Trail), directed by Emil Albes.[3] The following year she acted in the Vitascope films Menschen und Masken (People and Masks) and Menschen und Masken – 2. Teil (People and Masks Part 2), directed by Harry Piel.[4] She also worked in other films directed by Piel and collaborated with Max Obal until 1914. Some of her early films are The Struggle for the Heritage (1912), The Brown Beast (1914), and The Iron Cross (1914).

In 1914 she founded her own production company, Hedda Vernon Films, in Berlin and produced her own films for the Hedda Vernon series,[5] including the self-directed The Yellow Grimace (1914) and Hedda Vernon's Stage Sketch (1916).

She also acted in several Eiko film productions until the end of World War I, mainly under the direction of her husband Hubert Moest, who founded his own production company, Moest Production, in 1919. Vernon wrote the screenplay for two Moest Production films, The Red Shoes (1917) and The Dead Secret (1918). She also acted in the company's 1920 silent film The Women House of Brescia, which was rejected by the British Board of Film Classification on grounds of prostitution depicted in the film.[6] In the silent film Zofia (released 1915), she played the role of a 15-year-old girl, although she was almost 29 years old at the time.[7]

In the 1920s, interest in Vernon subsided since new actresses were in demand. She worked from 1920 to 1921 with Harry Piel in the film series The Headless Horseman. She also took many supporting roles and acted in The Despisers of Death[7](1920) and The Sun of St. Moritz[7] (1923). The last known film starring Vernon was Between Two Women,[8] which appeared in cinemas in 1925. Overall, Vernon acted in 70 silent films from 1912 to 1925.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1913, Vernon married the director, producer, screenwriter, and actor Hubert Moest.[3] They divorced in 1920.[7] Vernon died in 1925[3] at an unknown location, and of unknown causes.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Quelle: Heiratsurkunde Nr. 281 vom 10. September 1917, Landesarchiv Berlin.
  2. ^ https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/carl-martin-friedrich-kemp-24-1bs1j8h
  3. ^ a b c "Hedda Vernon-Moest". sophie.byu.edu. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Elsaesser, Thomas; Michael Wedel (1996). A Second Life: German Cinema's First Decades. Amsterdam University Press. p. 97. ISBN 9053561722.
  5. ^ Canjels, Rudmer (14 October 2011). Distributing Silent Film Serials: Local Practices, Changing Forms, Cultural Transformation. Routledge. p. 28. ISBN 9781136837357.
  6. ^ Robertson, James (2005). The Hidden Cinema: British Film Censorship in Action 1913–1972. Routledge. pp. 17–18. ISBN 1134876726.
  7. ^ a b c d "Hedda Vernon" (in German). postkarten-archiv.de. Retrieved 19 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Hedda Vernon". osobnosti.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 22 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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