Updates

*Many important additions today! Scans of some clippings and movie stills I recently got. Also special thanks to Birgit for her most valuable contribution, as usual.

The new scans could be found as follows:

Articles – a new article on Connie

Gallery

<Family life

<Portraits

Movies I

<The Last Performance (1929)

Movies II

<I Was a Spy (1933)

<Jew Suess (1934)

<Bella Donna (1934)

<Dark Journey (1937)

<Under the Red Robe (1937)

<The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

<Casablanca (1942)

Here are just a few pictures of the additions. Check the galleries mentioned above for more photos!

Conrad, wife Felicitas and friend Emil JanningsConrad and wife FelicitasConrad, wife Felicitas and their daughter ViolaConrad Veidt portraitConrad portraitDark Journey (1937)Dark Journey (1937), with Vivien LeighUnder the Red Robe (1937)The Last Performance (1929) - magazine coverThe Last Performance (1929), with Mary Philbin The Last Performance (1929), with Mary Philbin The Last Performance (1929) The Last Performance (1929)Bella Donna (1934), with Mary EllisThe Thief of Bagdad (1940)Jew Suess (1934)Jew Suess (1934)I Was a Spy (1933), with Madeleine Carroll - cigarette adCasablanca (1942) Casablanca (1942) Casablanca (1942) Casablanca (1942) Casablanca (1942), with Claude Rains

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Updates

*The most memorable additions of the year! You could find them at the following sections

Gallery

<Family life

<Portraits

Movies I

<Lady Hamilton (1921)

<Other silent films

Movies II

<Die letzte Kompagnie (1929/30)

<Ich und die Kaiserin (1933)

<The Wandering Jew (1933)

Books and other magazine covers

-a new cover of Conrad

Here are just a few images of the newest Connie collections!

Conrad French magazine cover Ich und die Kaiserin (1933) - programme Ich und die Kaiserin (1933) - programme The Wandering Jew (1933) - programme The Wandering Jew (1933) - programme Die letzte Kompagnie (1929/30) - programme Die letzte Kompagnie (1929/30) - programme Conrad and Felicitas Conrad, Felicitas and Viola Lady Hamilton (1921), with Liane Haid Middle-aged Conrad with monocle Young Conrad portrait with hat Das Dreimäderlhaus Young Conrad portrait Young Conrad portrait

Viola’s birthday

We are celebrating today Viola’s 87th birth anniversary, and on this occasion I would like to include here five rare photos of Conrad and his daughter during her visit to Denham Studios, where The Thief of Bagdad was filmed in 1939, and also a unique picture of them two at the zoo, in London.

These were the last moments when Viola ever saw her father…

Updates

Many new photos today! You could find the newest additions as it follows:

Gallery>Family Life

Movies I>Carlos und Elisabeth (1923/24)

Movies II>I Was a Spy (1933)

>The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)

>Dark Journey (1937)

Below you have part of the additions. More to come soon!

 

The birthday of Viola Vera Maria Veidt

If Viola were alive, today she would be 86 years old. She lived more than 60 years without her father, and now they are reunited for eternity, in a better world…
On this special occasion, let us remember Connie and his beloved daughter in their own words:

There occurred now the second big thing in my life. After three years of happy marriage, my daughter Viola Vera Maria was born. An emotion, the tenderest I had ever yet experienced, surged over me. This was complete, perfect happiness. The coming of Viola made me whole again. Do not ask me how I behaved when my daughter was born. Like a crazy man. Certainly I did not comport myself like a normal father. You might have thought nobody had ever had a baby before. I wanted to do the craziest, the most extravagant, the most useless things. When Viola was a year old, we all went to Travemunde for a lovely lazy holiday. Viola was enchantingly interesting; she and my wife and I laughed and played, three children together.
As for Viola, have I yet mentioned that she is nine, and growing up most beautiful? That she has unusual intelligence? That she has already learnt when to be gay, when to be serious? (And how important that is.) That her sense of humour is exquisite, her temperament ideal? That she is the most divine daughter any man could ever have…. But, perhaps you are a father or a mother yourself, so you will know that I must be stopped at this point, or I will go on forever.
Viola is never far from my thoughts. And our meetings together are beautiful occasions. She grows up with intelligence and love in her home, and the right atmosphere surrounds her life like a benediction. (Conrad about Viola, on Sunday Dispatch, October 1934)

As Conrad Veidt’s daughter, I never knew my father was an actor until I was seven years old and was permitted to see him in his current film in 1932, The Black Hussar. All I knew about him was that he was the most loving father in the world. He would rush home from his work at the studio to say my bedtime prayers with me, and to read me my favourite fairy tales, perhaps “The Little Mermaid” or “The Steadfast Tin Soldier.” My father would then kiss me goodnight, often leaving a smudge of make-up on my cheek and my pillow. This was because he didn’t want to waste any time at the studio removing the make-up, and then perhaps miss seeing me before I went to sleep, and miss saying my prayers with me.
This is just one example of the kindness and thoughtfulness, not only to me, but to so many others as well. He was a fine, caring, warm-hearted man, as well as an excellent actor.
(Viola about Conrad, on Foreword, From Caligari to Casablanca, J. C. Allen, 1993)