Tamara Desni (22 October 1913 – 7 February 2008) was a German-born British actress. She appeared in films in the 1930s and 1940s.
22 October 1913
|Died||7 February 2008 (aged 94)|
(m. 1929; div. 1930)
(m. 1937; div. 1940)
(m. 1942; div. 1945)
(m. 1947; div. 1951)
(m. 1956; died 2002)
Born as Tamara Brodsky, the daughter of actress Xenia Desni, Tamara Desni was born in Berlin. Her mother was born in Kiev, Russian Empire and emigrated to Germany sometime before Desni's birth. She became a star of German cinema during the silent era.
She studied ballet as a child and appeared on stage and in several German films. She married a dentist while a teenager, although they divorced before Desni landed her first London acting role in 1931 in the musical White Horse Inn. She followed this up with another leading role in the musical Casanova, featuring music by Johann Strauss, Jr.
She met her second husband, actor Bruce Seton, on the set of Blue Smoke in 1934. They married in Hendon in March 1937, but divorced in 1940. She next married film producer Roland (Bill) Gillett, though that marriage was dissolved before the end of World War II. Her fourth marriage was to the Canadian-born actor Raymond Lovell in 1947, the two separating in 1951. Her stepdaughter during this short marriage was the actress Simone Lovell.
In France, she met Albert Lavagna, a builder. They built the popular inn 'L'Auberge Chez Tamara', marrying in 1956, shortly after Desni discovered she was pregnant for the first time. They had two daughters.
|1931||Terror of the Garrison||Annemarie|
|1931||In the Employ of the Secret Service||Natascha, hans datter|
|1931||Marriage with Limited Liability|
|1933||Falling for You||Sondra von Moyden|
|1934||The Diplomatic Lover||Helen|
|1934||Bypass to Happiness||Tamara|
|1935||McGlusky the Sea Rover||Flame|
|1935||Blue Smoke||Belle Chinko|
|1936||Love in Exile||Tanya|
|1937||Fire Over England||Elena|
|1939||Traitor Spy||Marie Dufreyne|
|1940||His Brother's Keeper||Olga|
|1945||Flight from Folly||Nina|
|1946||Send for Paul Temple||Diana Thornley|
|1947||The Hills of Donegal||Carole Wells|
|1950||Dick Barton at Bay||Anna||(final film role)|