Lilli Palmer was a German actress and writer. She was born on May 24, 1914, and she started her acting career in Britain but later moved to Hollywood. While at Hollywood, her role in But Not for Me (1959 won her a Golden Globe Award.
Some of the major films she featured in include The Pleasure of His Company (1961), The House That Screamed (1969) and Peter the Great (1986). Her role in Peter the Great (1986), got her nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Her parents were Alfred Peiser and Rose Lissman and she had two sisters. Alfred Peiser was a German Jewish physician and Rose Lissman Austrian Jewish actress in Posen, Prussia, Germany. The family of Lilli Palmer relocated to Berlin-Charlottenburg when she was just four years old.
She was a junior table tennis champion as a child. Lilli Palmer got married to actor Rex Harrison on January 25, 1943. They moved to Hollywood in 1945. She landed a deal with Warner Brothers and played roles in films such as Cloak and Dagger (1946) and The Body and Soul (1947).
She had her own television show in 1951. Lilli Palmer and Rex Harrison appeared together in some productions. Some of these productions were the 1951 British melodrama The Long Dark Hall and The FourPoster (1952). Lilli Palmer won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress in 1953 for Picture Four.
Harrison and Palmer divorced in 1956; they had one son, Carey, born in 1944. The son of Lilli Palmer was Carey Harrison. He was an English novelist and dramatist. He was born in London and his parents were actor Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer. He had his education at the Lycée Français, Sunningdale School, Harrow School, and Jesus College, Cambridge.
Carey Harrison was a member of the London Recruits; recruited by the African National Congress (ANC) in the 1960s and 1970s to smuggle ANC and SACP literature into South Africa after the ANC had been decimated by the Rivonia trials which ran from October 9, 1963, to June 12, 1964. Noel Harrison is his half-brother.
The first wife of Carey Harrison was Mary Chamberlain but he now lives with the artist Claire Lamb. He has four children; Rosie (Laurence), Chiara, Faith, and Sam, and one stepdaughter, Zoe Lambe. Carey Harrison is also a Professor of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
Lilli Palmer: Cause of Death
Lilli Palmer died in 1986 at the age of 71. She died from abdominal cancer and she was her husband, son, sisters, and her ex-husband. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
Some of the accolades Lilli Palmer received include 1953: Volpi Cup for Best Actress for The Four Poster, 1956: Deutscher Filmpreis (Silver) for Best Actress in Teufel in Seide, 1957: Deutscher Filmpreis (Silver) for Best Actress in Anastasia, die letzte Zarentochter, 1959: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy nomination for But Not for Me and 1972: Goldene Kamera for Eine Frau bleibt eine Frau (ZDF TV).
Others are Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7013 Hollywood Blvd, 1974: Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Großes Verdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), 1978: Deutscher Filmpreis (Gold) for Lifetime Achievement and 1986: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film nomination for Peter the Great