Hall of Hams #78: Zita Johann

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Today is the birthday of Zita Johann (1904-1993). Best known for playing the duel role of Helen and Princess Anck-es-en-Amon in the original version of The Mummy (1932), she was in a total of seven films from 1931 through 1934. From 1929 through 1933 she was married to the Mercury Theatre’s John Houseman. She was born in a culturally German part of Austria-Hungary that is now located in Romania. After Hollywood she spent several decades teaching and acting in the theatre. In 1986, over a half century after her last picture she appeared in the low budget horror film Raiders of the Living Dead. 

For more on early film history don’t miss my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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For more on show biz historyconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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