Mosheim, Grete

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Mosheim, Grete Gender: F
Margarete Emma Dorothea Mosheim
born on 8 January 1905 at 13:00 (= 1:00 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 17°34' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 19°23 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 02°06'

Grete Mosheim (1936 Hungarian passport photo)


German film, theatre, and television actress of Jewish ancestry (on her father's side), who started her acting career at the age of 17. She was a member of Deutsches Theater, Berlin from 1922 to 1931. She began studying at Max Reinhardt's School of Drama under Berthold Held in early 1922, alongside Marlene Dietrich.

Mosheim became established under Reinhardt, and in 1925 he gave her the chance to substitute in the play Der sprechende Affe by René Fauchois when the female lead became ill. Mosheim learned the difficult role from Albert Bassermann in just 24 hours and became a superstar almost overnight. Until 1933, when she went to London to escape Adolf Hitler's rise to power, she was pre-eminent in the Berlin theatre scene. She performed in a wide variety of roles, being equally at home in drama and comedy. She also appeared in musical revues and recorded songs by Friedrich Hollaender and others.

After intensive study, she mastered English well enough to appear in Two Share a Dwelling in London in 1935. She appeared again on stage in Germany from 1952 on, but did not return to the screen - other than in a few TV roles - until her appearance as the grandmother in Moritz, Dear Moritz in 1978.

Mosheim appeared in numerous German films, mostly silent movies, starting with Michael in 1924. Until she fled Germany in 1933, she starred in many films, including Dreyfus (1930) and Yorck (1931). In 1935 she starred in the British film Car of Dreams.

Mosheim was married three times: to actor Oskar Homolka in Berlin (1928-1933), to industrialist Howard Gould in London (1937-1948) and to journalist Robert Cooper, who was a correspondent for The Times. She had no children.

In 1984, Grete Mosheim was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Germany's highest civilian award. She died from cancer in New York City on 29 December 1986, aged 81. Her sister was actress Lore Mosheim, who appeared in at least nine movies.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 1984 (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Terminal)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (German expatriate to England)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Cancer)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film, stage, TV)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Actress)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany)