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|Died||10 May 1995 (aged 86)|
|Occupation||Film and stage actress|
|Years active||1929–1992 (film)|
|Relatives||Camilla Spira (sister)|
Her father was of Jewish descent, and died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Spira became a theatre actress during the Weimar Republic, and joined the German Communist Party in 1929.
Following the Nazi takeover of power, she fled into exile. After being interned by the French government at the Camp de Rieucros, she escaped to Mexico. Spira returned to Europe in 1947 and settled in East Germany. She became a leading stage actor at the Volksbühne and appeared frequently in East German film and television productions.
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