Lil Dagover

Lil Dagover (September 30, 1887 – January 24, 1980) was a German stage, film and television actress whose career spanned nearly six decades. Lil Dagover was born Marie Antonia Siegelinde Martha Seubert in Madiun, Java, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) to Dutch parents. Her father was a forest ranger in the service of the Dutch colonial authorities. In 1897, at the age of ten, Seubert's parents sent her back to Europe to continue her education in boarding schools in Baden-Baden, Weimar and Geneva, Switzerland. Orphaned at the age of 13, she spent the rest of her adolescence with friends and relatives. After completing her education she began pursuing an extensive career as a stage actress around the principal cities of Europe. In 1917 she married actor Fritz Daghofer, who was twenty-five years her senior. The couple would divorce in 1919 although the union produced a daughter, Eva Marie, born the year of the divorce. Seubert would begin using a variant of her ex-husband's surname as a professional moniker – changing the spelling of 'Daghofer' to 'Dagover'. Lil Dagover made her screen debut in a 1913 film by director Louis Held.


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