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Elisabeth Bergner was an Austro-Hungarian (in what is now Ukraine) actress from the 1920s to the 1980s. She was born in 1897 and made her stage debut in Vienna in 1914. In 1924, she made her first movie, and that same year, she made a movie with director Paul Czinner, which led to a personal and professional relationship. Bergner and Czinner were Jewish, and when the Nazis rose to power, they went first to London and then to Hollywood. She did not have much success in Hollywood, so she went to Broadway, where she had much success, including in The Two Mrs. Carrolls. She had a fan who waited for her after every performance, and she became friendly with the young female fan, until she became worried about the fan's mental health, and she told the story to a friend, which became the basis for All About Eve! Some of her movies include: 49th Parallel, Ariane, Escape Me Never (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), and Cry of the Banshee. Czinner passed away in 1972, and she passed away in 1986 at the age of 88.
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