From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fernanda Eliscu (April 24, 1880 – September 27, 1968) was a Romanian-born actress in the United States, in English and Yiddish productions on stage and screen.
Fernanda Eliscu was born in Iași, Romania (some sources say Bucharest). She moved to the United States as a girl with her parents. She trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and at Cooper Union.
Early in her acting career, Eliscu was associated with Minnie Maddern Fiske and Maude Adams. On stage, Eliscu acted in The Little Minister, Cyrano de Bergerac (1899), Beau Brummel (1899), Her Majesty (1900), Don Caesar's Return (1901), The Smoldering Flame, Pickpockets, Jacque Duval, Romeo and Juliet (1903), Marta of the Lowlands (1903), The Light from Saint Agnes (1906), Ruth (1907), The Third Degree (1909-1910), The Outsider (1924, 1928), If I Were You (1931), Triplets (1932), Creeping Fire (1935), and Winterset (1936). Her extensive collection of hair ornaments, combs, pins, and clasps, was considered remarkable.
In 1909, the Los Angeles Times theatre critic raved about Eliscu, assuring readers that "If the name of Fernanda Eliscu is not inscribed high in the records of dramatic accomplishment during the next ten years, it will be because either dramatic accomplishment or Fernanda Eliscu has ceased to exist."
Fernanda Eliscu married actor Carl Anthony Pfeil. They had three children before Pfeil died in 1930. Fernanda Eliscu died in 1968, in Los Angeles, California, aged 88 years.
|1943||Background to Danger||Turkish Wife on Train||Uncredited|
|1943||The Song of Bernadette||Townswoman||Uncredited|
|1944||You Can't Ration Love||Mrs. Boskowsky||Uncredited|
|1944||Uncertain Glory||Middle-Aged Woman at Meeting||Uncredited|
|1945||A Tree Grows in Brooklyn||Minor Role||Uncredited|
|1945||Her Highness and the Bellboy||Diplomat's Wife||Uncredited|
|1946||The Verdict||French Housekeeper||Uncredited|
|1947||Desire Me||Old Woman||Uncredited|
|1947||A Double Life||Landlady||Uncredited|
|1948||Arch of Triumph||Flower Woman||Uncredited|
|1948||Berlin Express||German Woman||Uncredited|
|1949||Samson and Delilah||Herdswoman||Uncredited|
|1950||Black Hand||Minor Role||Uncredited|
|1950||Harbor of Missing Men||Mama Corcoris|
|1952||Viva Zapata!||Fuentes' Wife||Uncredited|
|1953||Remains to Be Seen||Minor Role||Uncredited|
|1954||Charge of the Lancers||Keta|
|1957||Istanbul||Cleaning Woman||Uncredited, (final film role)|
- "Theatrical" Monroe News-Star (March 3, 1910): 5. via Newspapers.com
- "New Dramatic Stars Announced for Next Season; Charlotte Walker and Fernanda Eliscu Talented Young Players" Wichita Daily Eagle (June 2, 1907): 17. via Newspapers.com
- "Fernanda Eliscu May Be Starred" New York Times (May 16, 1907): 7. via Newspapers.com
- "Fernanda Eliscu's Rise" Wilkes-Barre Record (November 30, 1903): 12. via Newspapers.com
- "Local Amusements" Pittston Gazette (September 27, 1907): 5. via Newspapers.com
- "'The Third Degree' Seen Again With New Actress" Brooklyn Daily Eagle (September 13, 1910): 20. via Newspapers.com
- Thomas S. Hischak, Broadway Plays and Musicals (McFarland 2009): 348. ISBN 9780786453092
- Fernanda Eliscu, Playbill database.
- "Makes Fad of Hair Ornaments" Akron Beacon Journal (May 20, 1910): 16. via Newspapers.com
- "Music and the Stage" Los Angeles Times (October 13, 1909): 115.
- Everett Aaker, George Raft: The Films (McFarland 2013): 102. ISBN 9780786493135
- Paul Mavis, The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 (McFarland 2011): 123. ISBN 9780786449156
- "Carl Anthony, Actor, Dies at 52" New York Times (July 29, 1930): 15.
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.