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Zita JOHANN

Female 1904 - 1993  (89 years)


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  • Name Zita JOHANN 
    Born 14 Jul 1904  Deutschbentschek, Austria-Hungary [now Timisoara, Romania] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Sep 1993  Nyack Hospital, Nyack, Rockland County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Pneumonia 
    Death 24 Sep 1993  Nyack Hospital, Nyack, Rockland County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Name Elisabeth JOHANN 
    Notes 
    • (1) Obituary, The New York Times, September 30, 1993:

      Zita Johann Dead; Actress, 89, Played The Mummy's Love

      By WILLIAM GRIMES

      Zita Johann, a stage and film actress who played Boris Karloff's love interest in "The Mummy," died on Friday at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, N.Y. She was 89 and lived in Orangeburg, N.Y.

      The cause was pneumonia, said a friend, Rosemary Franck.

      Miss Johann was born near Temesvar, Hungary, now Timisoara, Romania. She moved to New York City with her family when she was 7 and appeared in high school productions. After applying to the Theater Guild for work as an understudy, she immediately won roles in touring productions of "Peer Gynt," "The Devil's Disciple" and "He Who Gets Slapped."

      She made her Broadway debut in 1924 in the Theater Guild's production of "Man and the Masses." Other leading roles followed, in "Machinal" (1928), "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" (1931) and other plays.

      To Hollywood and Back

      In 1931 she played the wife of a steelworker who succumbs to drink in "The Struggle," the last film by D. W. Griffith. Most memorably, she played Helen Grosvenor in "The Mummy" (1932), whom the Mummy takes to be the vestal priestess for whom he conceived a forbidden passion 3,700 years earlier.

      After appearing in "Tiger Shark" (1932), "Luxury Liner" (1933) and "Grand Canary" (1934), she returned to New York to act in the theater. She appeared in "Panic" (1935), "Flight Into China" (1939), "The Burning Deck" (1940) and "The Broken Journey" (1942).

      During World War II, she raised money for war-related charities and organized shows for American soldiers on their way overseas. In recent decades, she worked with disturbed children and gave private acting lessons.

      Her three marriages, to John Houseman, the director, John McCormick, an agent, and Bernard E. Shedd, an economist and publisher, all ended in divorce. She had no children.
    Person ID I18688  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2021 

    Family 1 John HOUSEMAN,   b. 22 Sep 1902, Bucharest, Romania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1988, Malibu, Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 1929 
    Divorced 1932 
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F8335  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John McCORMICK 
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F8336  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Bernard E. SHEDD 
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F8337  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart