Universal Filmlexikon (1932)

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PHYLLIS KONSTAM Hampstead, N. W. 3 T: Hampstead 19, Bellmoor 2685 X: 9—111,2 • 191/2—23 AA • BD • BC CB • CC • EI • EU • EV • ET • GK phot : Dorothy Wilding Phyllis Konstam went to Paris at the age of sixteen for a two years's coiirse of study with members of the Comedie Frangaise and with Georges Wague of the Opera. On her return lo London she was given a contract by Leon M. Lion and appeared in "Enchantress" at the Garrick Theatre, London. After playing in Galsworthy's "Escape" at the Ambassadors" Theatre and in several Sunday Society productions, Phyllis Konstam was engaged by Sir Nigel Playfair to play the part of Korinda in "Beau Stratagem" at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Later she went back to Lion, played the leading parts in "The One-Eyed Herring'', "Fanatics" and "Living Together" and subsequently joined the cast of G. B. Stern's "The Matriarch", where AI Woods saw her and eventually took her to America to play lead in "Murder on the Second Floor" in New York, where she had a great success. On her retum to England she was chosen by Alfred Hitchcock to play Doucie Markham in bis film "Murder"', after which she played in various pictures including "Compromising Daphne" and Galsworthy's "Escape". Phyllis Konstam was then given the leading part in Galsworthy's "The Skin Game", also directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and subsequently played Tilly in "Tilly of Bloomsbury" and Madeleine in „A Gentleman of Paris", which has just been completed. It is hardly necessary to say that Phyllis Konstam speaks French with a native accent. She is also a graceful ballet dancer. Mit sechzehn Jahren ging Phyllis Konstam für zwei Jahre nach Paris, um dort zu studieren, u. a. bei Georges Wague von der Opera. Nach London zurückgekehrt, erhält sie ein Engagement von Leon M. Lion. der sie im Garrick Theatre in „Enchantress" herausstellt. Nachdem sie dann in „Escape" sehr erfolgreich auftrat und ebenso in einer ganzen Reihe anderer Stücke, wurde sie von Sir Nigel Playfair für die Rolle der Korinda in ..Beau Stratagem" verpflichtet (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith I . Später kam sie zu Lion zurück, spielte tragende Rollen in „The One-Eyed Herring", „Fanatics" und ,.Living Together" und wirkte dann in G. B. Sterns ..The Matriarch" mit. wo AI ^ oods sie sah und sie sofort nach Amerika engagierte. Sie spielte in New York die Hauptrolle in ..Murder on the Second Floor" und errang einen großen Erfolg. Nach England zurückgekehrt, wird sie von Alfred Hitchcock für seinen Film „Murder" verpflichtet, wo sie in der Rolle der Doucie Markham auftrat, anschließend spielte sie in den Tonfilmen ..Compromising Daphne" und „Escape", ferner in Galsworthys ..The Skin Game" (Regie Alfred Hitchcock I, Tilly in ..Tilly of Bloomsbury", Madeleine in „A Gentleman of Paris", für den die Aufnahmen gerade beendet sind. Phyllis Konstam ist tänzerisch vollkommen ausgebildet und spricht ein vollendetes Französisch; sie gehört zu den erfolgreichsten Schauspielerinnen bei Bühne und Film. 494