Olga Chekhova

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Olga Konstantinovna Knipper
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Ольга Чехова, Ольга Константиновна Чехова, Книппер
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Munich, Кладбище Вальдфридхоф (ru)

Olga Konstantinovna Chekhova, born Knipper (Russian: Ольга Константиновна Чехова (14 April 1897, Aleksandropol, Russian Empire (now Gyumri, Armenia) — 9 March 1980, Berlin, Germany) was a Russian-German actress. Her film roles include the female lead in Alfred Hitchcock's Mary (1931).


Born Olga Knipper, she was the daughter of Konstantin Knipper, a railway engineer and the niece and namesake of Olga Knipper (Anton Chekhov's wife), both Lutherans of ethnic German ancestry. She went to school in Tsarskoye Selo but, after watching Eleonora Duse, joined the Moscow Art Theatre's studio. There she met the great actor Mikhail Chekhov (Anton's nephew) in 1915 and married him the same year, taking his surname as her own. Their daughter, also named Olga, was born in 1916.

Two years after the 1917 October Revolution, Chekhova divorced her husband but kept his name. She managed to get a travel passport from the Soviet government, possibly in exchange for cooperation, which led to permission to leave Russia. She was accompanied by a Soviet agent on a train to Vienna, then she moved to Berlin in 1920. Her first cinema role was in Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau silent movie Schloß Vogelöd (1921). She played in Max Reinhardt's productions at UFA, the same studios where Fritz Lang directed Metropolis (1927). She made the successful transition from silent film to talkies. In the 1930s, she rose to become one of the brightest stars of the Third Reich and was admired by Adolf Hitler. She appeared in such films as Der Choral von Leuthen although she preferred comedies.

Joseph Goebbels

A published photograph of her sitting beside Hitler at a reception gave the leaders of the Soviet intelligence service the impression that she had close contacts with Hitler. She had more contact with the Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, who referred to her in his diaries as "eine charmante Frau" ("a charming lady"). She is also rumored to have been a communist spy in a Russian conspiracy. According to the book 'Killing Hitler' (2006) of the British author Roger Moorhouse she was pressured by Stalin and Beria to flirt with Adolf Hitler in order to gain and transfer information so that Hitler could be killed by secret Soviet agents. Also, the controversial Argentine theater book "Hotel Berlin 1933" (Pablo Sodor) shows a relationship between Olga Chéjova and Karl Heinrich von Stülpnagel.

Later years


During World War II her acting career was less successful; her one film made in Hollywood was unpopular, largely because her accent was too strong. After the war she lived in the Soviet sector of Berlin, but eventually she managed to escape from her Soviet contacts. In 1949, she moved to Munich, Bavaria, and launched a cosmetics company. At the same time she continued acting, and played supporting roles and cameos in more than 20 films. She largely retired from acting in the 70s, after publishing a book of memoirs. Her correspondence with Russian actors Olga Knipper and Alla Tarasova was published posthumously.


  • Schloß Vogelöd (1921)
  • Hochstapler (1921)
  • Nora (1923)
  • Der verlorene Schuh (1923)
  • Familie Schikmek (1926)
  • Brennende Grenze (1927)
  • Der Florentiner Hut (9127)
  • Moulin Rouge (1928)
  • After the Verdict (1929)
  • Darling of the Gods (1930)
  • The Three from the Filling Station (1930)
  • Mary (1930)
  • The Great Longing (1930)
  • 1932: Friedrich von der Trenck, Roman einer großen Liebe
  • 1932: Der Choral von Leuthen
  • 1932: Liebelei
  • 1934: Regine
  • 1934: Die Welt ohne Maske
  • 1934: Peer Gynt
  • 1934: Maskerade
  • 1935: Lockspitzel Asew
  • 1935: Künstlerliebe
  • The Eternal Mask (1935)
  • 1935: Ein Walzer um den Stephansturm
  • 1935/36: Der Favorite der Kaiserin
  • 1936: Seine Tochter ist der Peter
  • 1936: Petersburger Romanze
  • 1936: Burgtheater
  • 1936: Hannerl und ihre Liebhaber
  • 1937: Unter Ausschluß der Öffentlichkeit
  • 1937: Liebe geht seltsame Wege
  • 1937: Gewitterflug zu Claudia
  • 1937: Die gelbe Flagge
  • 1938: Rote Orchideen
  • 1939: Die unheimlichen Wünsche
  • 1939: Ich verweigere die Aussage
  • 1939: Parkstraße 13
  • Bel Ami (1939)
  • Befreite Hände (1939)
  • Angelika (1940)
  • Leidenschaft (1940)
  • The Fox of Glenarvon (1940)
  • Menschen im Sturm (1941)
  • Mit den Augen einer Frau (1942)
  • Andreas Schlüter (1942)
  • 1943: Reise in die Vergangenheit
  • 1943: Gefährlicher Frühling
  • 1943: Der ewige Klang
  • 1945: Im Tempel der Venus
  • 1949: Eine Nacht im Séparée
  • 1950: Kein Engel ist so rein
  • 1950: Der Mann, der zweimal leben wollte
  • 1950: Maharadscha wider Willen
  • 1950: Eine Frau mit Herz
  • 1950: Zwei in einem Anzug
  • 1950: Aufruhr im Paradies
  • 1951: Das Geheimnis einer Ehe
  • 1951: Mein Freund, der Dieb
  • 1951: Begierde
  • 1952: Hinter Klostermauern
  • 1953: Alles für Papa
  • 1954: Rosen-Resli
  • 1954: Rittmeister Wronski
  • 1958: U 47 – Kapitänleutnant Prien
  • 1963: Jack und Jenny
  • 1973: Die Zwillinge vom Immenhof
  • 1974: Frühling auf Immenhof


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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1КОНСТАНТИН КНИППЕРКОНСТАНТИН КНИППЕРFather00.00.186600.00.1924
        2ЛУИЗА КНИППЕРЛУИЗА КНИППЕРMother00.00.187400.00.1943
        3Ada  TschechowaAda TschechowaDaughter22.09.191628.01.1966
        4ЛЕВ КНИППЕРЛЕВ КНИППЕРBrother21.11.189830.07.1974
        5Michael ChekhovMichael ChekhovHusband29.08.189101.10.1955
        6Olga Knipper-ChekhovaOlga Knipper-Chekhovadistant relative21.09.186822.03.1959
        7Leni RiefenstahlLeni RiefenstahlFriend22.08.190208.09.2003
        8Magda  GoebbelsMagda GoebbelsFriend11.11.190101.05.1945
        9Януш  РадзивиллЯнуш РадзивиллFriend03.09.188004.10.1967
        10Adolf HitlerAdolf HitlerFriend20.04.188930.04.1945
        11Zoya VoskresenskayaZoya VoskresenskayaCoworker15.04.190708.01.1992
        12Всеволод  Блюменталь-ТамаринВсеволод Блюменталь-ТамаринCoworker, Idea mate16.07.188110.05.1945
        13Игорь  МиклашевскийИгорь МиклашевскийCoworker30.05.191825.09.1990
        14Lavrentiy BeriyaLavrentiy BeriyaFamiliar29.03.189923.12.1953
        15Joseph  GoebbelsJoseph GoebbelsFamiliar29.10.189701.05.1945
        16Анатолий ЛуначарскийАнатолий ЛуначарскийFamiliar23.11.187526.12.1933
        17Feodor  ChaliapinFeodor ChaliapinFamiliar13.02.187312.04.1938
        18Eva BraunEva BraunFamiliar06.02.191230.04.1945
        19Benito MussoliniBenito MussoliniFamiliar29.07.188328.04.1945
        20Viktor AbakumovViktor AbakumovFamiliar24.04.190819.12.1954
        21Sergei RachmaninoffSergei RachmaninoffFamiliar01.04.187328.03.1943
        22Hermann  GöringHermann GöringFamiliar12.01.189315.10.1946
        23Walter  JanssenWalter JanssenFamiliar07.02.188701.01.1976
        24Marika RökkMarika RökkFamiliar03.11.191316.05.2004
        25Шандор РадоШандор РадоFamiliar, Idea mate05.11.189920.08.1981
        26Constantin StanislavskiConstantin StanislavskiTeacher17.01.186307.08.1938
        27Jānis BērziņšJānis BērziņšCommander13.11.188929.07.1938

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