* Liane Haid; Early Film Star in Austria, Germany
Liane Haid, 105, Austria’s earliest film star who made the transition from silents to talkies. Born in Vienna on Aug. 16, 1895, she starred in 90 films--made at first in Vienna, but from 1922 onward increasingly in Berlin. She married Baron Fritz von Haymerle, an industrialist who founded her film company, Micco-Film. Turning down offers to act in the United States and Britain, Haid earned prominence in German-language films. Her first major movie was the silent “Lady Hamilton” in 1921, followed by “Lukrezia Borgia.” After 1929, she moved successfully into talking movies, among them “The Song is Ended.” In 1942, four years after Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany, Haid fled to neutral Switzerland, her son Pierre Spycher-Haid said, “because of the regime, because everything was bombed and because all the good directors had left.” On Tuesday in Bern, Switzerland.