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BirthplaceVienna, Austria-Hungary

Von Sternberg, Josef

(1894–1969) film director; born in Vienna, Austria. In New York at age 17, he became a film patcher for World Film. In 1917 he joined the Army Signal Corps and made training films. His first movie was The Salvation Hunters (1925). He became the master of the American screen with his pictorial compositions and light and shadow effects. Among his films were The Blue Angel (1930), The Scarlet Empress (1934), and Macao (1952).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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She made her film debut with a brief role in 1923's Der Kleine Napoleon and was discovered as a cabaret dancer in 1929 by director Joseph Von Sternberg, who cast her in the leading role of the film Blue Angel.
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