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VIKTORIA VON BALLASKO – FACE AND VOICE

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Viktoria von Ballasko’s career came to an end as early as the late 1950s, yet she was very successful in her time not only as an actress, but also as a voice actress.

Angelic face and blond hair

Among the Austrian performers who, in the past, were also successful outside Austria, we cannot fail to include actress Viktoria von Ballasko, who was very successful in her time not only as an actress, but also as a voice actress. Viktoria von Ballasko’s career was not very long, since it already ended at the end of the 1950s, but she did, however, boast numerous feature films (in which she also sometimes played the leading role), as well as numerous appearances in theatre and radio.

Viktoria Maria Franziska Ballasko was born on January 24, 1909 in Vienna. Her father was a retired officer and immediately after high school she realised that the art world particularly interested her and enrolled at the Akademie für Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. Soon, therefore, young Viktoria began performing in major theatres in Berne, Vienna, Munich, Berlin and Stuttgart, to name a few.

As far as the film world is concerned, Viktoria von Ballasko first started working as a voice actor, and only later worked as an actress. The first feature film she took part in was The Emperor of California, directed by Luis Trenker in 1936. In the same year, she starred as the protagonist in a feature film for the first time: Kinderarzt Dr. Engel by Johannes Riemann.

From then on, there were numerous films in which Viktoria von Ballasko played the leading role. These included Die Geliebte (Gerhard Lamprecht, 1939), Im Schatten des Berges (Alois Johannes Lippl, 1940) and The Master of the Estate (Hans Deppe, 1943). Elegant and with sweet and reassuring manners, she used to play reserved, motherly figures who were willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of their loved ones. Roles, these, which, as we know, were also particularly dear to the regime of the time. As already mentioned, her career as an actress was flanked by an equally satisfying career as a voice actress. She frequently lent her voice to the French actress Annabella and the British actress Joan Fontaine, for example.

During World War II, as we all know, many artists and writers were forced to leave their homeland because of the National Socialist dictatorship. Viktoria von Ballasko, like many of her colleagues who stayed to work in Germany and Austria, had been placed by Goebbels on the so-called ‘God-gifted list’. And this is precisely what is least convincing about her career. A career that, however, ended only a few years after the end of the war.

After the end of her marriage to voice actor and director Kurt Werther, Viktoria married Curt Behrendt, from the second half of the 1940s she worked mainly as a voice actress and radio presenter and the last film she took part in was Made in Germany, directed by Wolfgang Schleif in 1957. Having finally retired to private life, Viktoria von Ballasko remained living in Germany until her death on May 10, 1976 in Berlin. And although few people remember her today, we cannot fail to recognise the great contribution that this young blond woman with delicate features made to the world of our beloved seventh art (and beyond).

Info: the page of Viktoria von Ballasko on iMDb