Born 1914 in Posen, German Empire (now Poznań, Poland), German actress Lilli Palmer appeared in an operetta at the Moulin Rouge in France, and then to London, where she began her film career.
After beginning her career in British films in the 1930s, Palmer would later transition to major Hollywood productions, earning a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in But Not for Me (1959).
Palmer’s other notable roles include in the comedy The Pleasure of His Company (1961), the Spanish horror film The House That Screamed (1969), and in the miniseries Peter the Great (1986), which earned her another Golden Globe Award nomination. For her career in European films, she won the Volpi Cup, and the Deutscher Filmpreis three times.
Palmer died in Los Angeles from abdominal cancer in 1986 at the age of 71. Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young Lilli Palmer in the 1930s and 1940s.