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Biography

Grete Mosheim, born Margarete Emma Dorothea Mosheim, (8 January 1905, Berlin, Germany - 29 December 1986, New York, NY) was a leading German film, theatre and television actress of Jewish ancestry on her father's side.

Grete Mosheim started her acting career at the age of 17 and was a member of the Deutsches Theatre, Berlin from 1922 to 1931. She began studying at Max Reinhardt's School of Drama under Berthold Held in early 1922, alongside Marlene Dietrich. Grete Mosheim and Dietrich discovered they had both had affairs with Held, and became close friends. Mosheim became established under Max Reinhardt, and he gave her the chance to substitute in the play "Der sprechende Affe" ("The Speaking Ape", based on the French play "Le singe qui parle" by Rene 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 Grete Mosheim went to London to escape Adolf Hitler's rise to power, she was pre-eminent in the Berlin theatre scene. She appeared in a wide variety of roles, being equally at home in drama and comedy. After intensive study, she mastered English well enough to appear in "Two Share a Dwelling" in London in 1934. She appeared again on stage in Germany in 1952, but did not return to films until her appearance as the grandmother in "Moritz, Dear Moritz" in 1978.

Grete Mosheim appeared in numerous German films, mostly silent movies, starting with "Michael" in 1924. Until she fled Germany in 1933, she starred in many important films, including "Dreyfus" (1930) and "Yorck" (1931).

Grete Mosheim married three times, but had no children. On 28 June 1928, she married (1) Oskar Homolka, the actor, in Berlin. They divorced in London in 1936 or 1937, after leaving Germany. On 16 May 1937, she married (2) Howard Gould (8 June 1871, New York, NY - 13 September 1959), the American industrialist in Klagenfurt, Austria. She was living at Mongewell Park, Wallingford, Berkshire, England until she emigrated from Southampton to New York, sailing on the Queen Mary on 15 Dec 1938. In 1938, her nationality was "Stateless" and her race or people was "Hebrew". Her travel document was issued in London on 20 Oct 1938.

Margarete Emma Dorothea Gould became a naturalized US citizen on 24 January 1944, when she was 5' 2" and weighed 106 lbs. From 1942-1944 (at least), Grete Gould and Howard Gould were living in an apartment at the Plaza Hotel, New York. Grete Mosheim and Howard Gould divorced in 1947. From 14-19 Sep 1949, Margarete E D Gould sailed first class on the RMS Queen Elizabeth from Cherbourg, France to New York, NY. She was single and living at 37 E 64th St, New York, NY.

In 1976, Grete M Gould was living at 250 E 63rd St, Apt 21c, New York, NY. She had also lived at 2 W 86th St, New York, NY.

Her third husband was the journalist (Times of London correspondent in New York), Robert Cooper.

Grete Mosheim died of cancer in New York City on 29 December 1986, aged 81. You can read more about her at Wikipedia.

Lori Lahner

Her sister was the actress Lori Lahner, born Lori Mosheim (13 July 1914, Germany - 14 Feb 1964, Los Angeles, CA), who had a brief film career, appearing in "Summer Storm" in 1944. Lori Lahner married Erwin Oskar Brettauer (15 Feb 1884, Frankfurt am Main Germany - 28 Mar 1973, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA).  In 1936, Erwin Oscar Brettauer was a widowed physician with Austrian nationality, living in Melide, Lugano, Switzerland. In 1937, he was a Banker, with Austrian nationality. In 1939, he was a Dr of Philosophy, without nationality. Also in 1939, he was a Professor, without nationality. In 1942, he founded Angelus Pictures with Seymour Nebenzahl. From 1944-46 (at least), Erwin O. Brettauer and Mrs Lori Lahner Brettauer lived at 7209 Hillside Av, Los Angeles. They were both US citizens by 1948. In 1951, they lived at 102 Hartportnay, Beverly Hills, CA.

Erwin Oscar Brettauer and Lori Lahner had children:
Lori Lahner had grandchildren: Kevin Thomas Brettauer/Wagner (20 Mar 1985, Los Angeles, CA-), Emily Margarete Brettauer/Feldstein (25 Sep 1990, Los Angeles, CA-), and Michael Brettauer. 

Ancestry

Grete Mosheim's father was Markus Mosheim (1889-1956).
Grete Mosheim's mother was Clara Hilger (1875-1970).

They had at least two children:

Passport

This 1936 passport includes journeys to France, Germany, Egypt, Sudan, Italy and Switzerland.

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