Tala Birell
Date of Birth
Sep 10, 1908
Birth Place:
Vienna, Austria (or Bucharest Rumania)


Personally selected by Austrian entrepreneur Max Reinhardt as a candidate for stage stardom, Viennese actress Tala Birrell made her film bow in such German productions as The Doomed Batallion (1931). Hollywood producers, unfortunately, could not see beyond Tala's exotic mittel-European accent. When she was brought to Tinseltown in 1933, she was ballyhooed as "the new Garbo," a commodity that was a...