Henny Porten
Date of Birth
Jan 07, 1888
Birth Place:
Magdeburg, Germany

Biography

"Sturdy and blond, she reminded you of the Valkyries and the bronze statues in German town squares," wrote the French critic Georges Sadoul of Henny Porten, the preeminent German screen actress of her generation. The daughter of Franz Porten (1859-1932), a baritone and an actor-director with the Stadtheater of Magdeburg, Porten had come to films without any prior theatrical experience in 1906. By...