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Also Known As: Elizabeth Marie Christine Kuehnelt Died: October 21, 1948
Born: December 6, 1904 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Italy Profession: actor, novelist

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Corregidor (1943) Dr. Royce Lee
2.
 The Thirteenth Chair (1937) Helen Trent
3.
 Mad Holiday (1936) Peter Dean
4.
 The Amateur Gentleman (1936) Lady Cleone Meredith
5.
 After the Thin Man (1936) Selma [Landis]
6.
 Without Regret (1935) Jennifer Gage
7.
 The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) Mercedes [De Rosas]
8.
 Man of Two Worlds (1934) Joan [Pemberton]
9.
 Enter Madame! (1934) Lisa Della Robbia
10.
 The Great Flirtation (1934) Zita Marishka
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husband:
John Cecil Lawrence. Barrister. Married in London in 1928; divorced in 1937.
husband:
Curtiss Kinsey Thomas. Actor. Married on August 28, 1943.

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father:
Richard Kuehnelt. Calvary officer. Served with the Austro-Hungarian army; divorced from Landi's mother when she was young.
mother:
Caroline Franciska Marie Lorraine. Related by blood to Austrian emperor Franz Joseph; divorced from Landi's father and remarried to an Italian count.
step-father:
Carlo Jospeh Zarnardi-Landi. Engineer. Italian count; later adopted wife's two children.
brother:
Tonio Landi. Born in 1902; died in 1971.
daughter:
Caroline Maude Thomas. Born on September 11, 1944.
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Elissa Landi (December 6, 1904 – October 21, 1948) was an Italian born actress,rumoured to be a descendant of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. Born Elisabeth Marie Christine K├╝hnelt in Venice, Landi was raised in Austria and educated in England. Her first ambition was to be a writer, and she wrote her first novel at the age of twenty. She appeared in British, French, and German films before appearing in a Broadway production of A Farewell to Arms. She was signed to a contact by Fox Film Corporation in 1931. She played the heroine in Cecil B. De Mille's The Sign of the Cross (1932), but was overshadowed by Claudette Colbert who played the flashier role of the temptress. She stared in the box office hit The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) with Robert Donat. Her contract with Fox was abruptly cancelled in 1936 as a result of her refusal to accept a particular role. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer signed her to a contract and after a couple of romantic dramas she played the cousin of Myrna Loy in the very popular After the Thin Man (1936). After only two more films she retired, in 1943. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1943, and dedicated herself to writing, producing six novels and a series of poems. She died from cancer in Kingston, New York, and was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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