1893 - 1974
The actress Fern Andra was born as Fern Edna Andrews in Watseka, Illinois. Born into a circus family she already made her entrance at the age of four with a tightrope act on the stage, one year later she appeared at a theater with the play "Onkel Toms Hütte".
During her engagements from London to the Berliner Wintergarten she got in contact with the filmbusiness. In 1913 she made her filmdebut with the movie "Ave Maria" and only one year later she achieved great successes with "Vermisst gemeldet" (14), "Der Stern" (14) and "Mondfischerin" (14).
Fern Andra turned out to be a woman for everybody. From 1915 she wrote scripts, directed moves and took on the production. At the same year she founded her own film production called "Andra-Film", one year later she opened the Fern-Andra film studio. To her works as a director belong "Eine Motte flog zum Licht" (15), "Ernst ist das Leben" (16) and "Wenn Menschen reif zur Liebe werden" (16).
Fern Andra often used her appropriated talents of acrobatic during
her circus time and put it in action for her movies where the audience could
admire her daring and courage.
When the USA entered World War I, Fern Andra became looked upon as an enemy and was suspected to be a spy because she was born in the USA. In order to make an end to these rumours she got married with the Prussian baron Friecrich von und zu Weichs which was killed in the war a short time later.
In the following years she achieved further successes with her movies, to the most popular productions belong "Gesprengte Ketten" (15), "Die Seele einer Frau" (16), "Die Rache des Titanen" (19), "Genuine" (20), "Die Nacht der Königin Isabeau" (20) and "Der rote Reiter" (23).
The movie "Genuine" infuriated great arousal at that time that's why Fern Andra acted in front of the camera with a directly on her body painted costume by the artist César Klein.
In 1922 Fern Andra survived an air crash where her companion, the pilot Lothar von Richthofen, was killed. In 1924 she got married with the middleweight boxer Kurt Prenzel - events which were thoroughly exploited by the press.
The stardom of Fern Andra was drawing to its close from the middle
of the 20's. She acted in "Zalamort" (24), "Frauen der Leidenschaft" (26)
and "Funkzauber" (27) but the success didn't come back again.
Other movies with Fern Andra: