La Jana

La Jana

Additional Names: Henny Hiebel (Weiterer Name); Henriette Margarethe Hiebel (Geburtsname)
Darstellerin
*24.02.1905 Mauer (heute Wien-Mauer), Österreich; †13.03.1940 Berlin

Biography

La Jana, born as Henriette Margarethe Hiebel in Vienna on February 24th 1905, came to Frankfurt as a small girl together with her parents, Heinrich Hiebel a gild master and his wife Anna as well as her older sister. In the mid-1910s she is schooled at the children’s ballet of the Frankfurt Opera House, where she quickly makes her first dance appearances. In Trude Hesterberg’s cabaret "Die wilde Bühne" ("The Wild Stage") in 1921, she performs her own improvisations. In the following years she dances in the revues of Hermann Haller and Erik Charell and her performances can now be seen in Berlin, Vienna, Paris and London.

Her first appearance on screen is in the "Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit", 1924/25 ("Ways to Strength and Beauty"), which celebrates the cult of the body. Friedrich Zelnik subsequently engages her for the Deutsche Film Union (Defu), where she participates in numerous film productions, including "Thérèse Raquin" and "Ritter der Nacht" ("Knights of the Night").

In 1934, La Jana goes on an extended revue tour travelling through England and Scotland. Starting with the films "Truxa" and "Es leuchten die Sterne" ("The Stars Shine") by Hans H. Zerlett, she performs from 1936 onwards in a series of films made in Germany which transform her into a star. She attains wide success especially when performing in exotic roles like in "Der Tiger von Eschnapur", 1937 ("The Tiger of Eschnapur") or "Das indische Grabmal", 1937 ("The Indian Tomb"). Indeed, although typifying the embodiment of the "non-ayran" woman, which clearly contradicted the ideal vision of womanliness of the Dritten Reich, she became for this same very reason the ideal projection of all the various desires of the public.

La Jana did not live to see the premiere of her last film "Stern von Rio" ("The Star of Rio"). After completing a tour for the troops of the German Wehrmacht, she dies of pneumonia on the 13th of March, 1940.

Filmography

1957/1958 Das gab's nur einmal
Participation
 
1947/1948 Leckerbissen
Participation
 
1940 Der Trichter [Nr. 10]
Cast
 
1939/1940 Stern von Rio
Cast
 
1938/1939 Menschen vom Varieté
Cast
 
1937/1952 Indische Rache
Cast
 
1937/1938 Es leuchten die Sterne
Cast
 
1937/1938 Das indische Grabmal
Cast
 
1937/1938 Der Tiger von Eschnapur
Cast
 
1936/1937 Truxa
Cast
 
1933/1934 Ich bin Du
Cast
 
1931 Der Schlemihl
Cast
 
1929/1930 Die Warschauer Zitadelle
Cast
 
1929 Der lustige Witwer
Cast
 
1929 Meineid. Ein Paragraph, der Menschen tötet
Cast
 
1929 Spanisches Intermezzo
Cast
 
1928 Zwei rote Rosen
Cast
 
1928 Ritter der Nacht
Cast
 
1928 Der Herzensphotograph
Cast
 
1928 Der Ladenprinz
Cast
 
1928 Gaunerliebchen
Cast
 
1927/1928 Der Biberpelz
Cast
 
1927/1928 Thérèse Raquin
Cast
 
1926/1927 Die Lady ohne Schleier
Cast
 
1924/1925 Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit
Cast
 
1924-1926 Die weiße Geisha
Cast