1898 - 1995
The actress Maly Delschaft belongs to the today forgotten stars, but in 1930 she was actually designated for the role of "Lola Lola" in the movie "Der blaue Engel" (30). Emil Jannings as well as director F.W. Murnau wanted her for this part. But things had changed. Murnau went to the USA and the moved up director Josef von Sternberg had an other protégé in his sight - Marlene Dietrich. Today Marlene Dietrich is cult, the name Maly Delschaft has only a meaning for a small circle of people interested in film.
Maly Delschaft was spotted at the age of eight by Leopold Jessner during
a performance at the Thalia theater. He suggested to take the profession
of an actress. After an acting education she played regularly from 1917
at stages in Germany and after some successful years at the theater she
made her debut with the short movie "Die Berliner Range" (21), thereafter
she shot her first feature film "Der Liebling der Frauen". Already in her
next movie "Danton" (21) she acted at Emil Janning's side which became
an admirer of her acting skill.
A new darling of the public of the 20's was born. Maly Delschaft had great successes in the following years with "Der letzte Mann" (24), directed by F.W. Murnau and "Variété" (25) directed by E.A. Dupont - both with the great actor Emil Jannings.
It followed the well-known silent movies "Sündenbabel" (25), "Lumpen und Seide" (25), "Die da unten" (25) and "Kreuzzug des Weibes" (26), which Maly Delschaft considered as her personal height. The movie "Kreuzzug des Weibes" also stand for her breakthrough as one of the leading actresses.
But after this great success followed only unsatisfactory casting offers which weren't useful for a jump to a world star. But then the opportunity was emerging to play the leading role in the movie "Der blaue Engel". If the destiny were more merciful, Maly Delschaft would have gone down in history as a star like Marlene Dietrich.
Ubstead if this she acted in less well-known productions like "Keine Feier ohne Meyer" (31), "K1 greift ein" (33) and "Paradies der Junggesellen" (39). With her parts in "Altes Herz geht auf die Reise" (38), where she personified a vicious character she was pinned down to this type.
After the war she acted in movies for the GDR production company DEFA,
among others in the movies "Affäre Blum" (48), "Familie Benthin" (50),
"Alibi" (55) and "Das verbotene Paradies" (58).
Because Maly Delschaft lived in the West German part of Berlin her film career came to a abrupt end in 1961 when the construction of the wall began.
After that she appeared only rarely in single TV production. With the
movie "Zwei unter Millionen" (61) she concluded her film career.
Other movies with Maly Delschaft: