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Marija Leiko

Marija Leiko (Latvian: Marija Leiko, also known as Marija Leyko) (August 14, 1887, Riga, Latvia - February 3, 1937, Moscow, USSR) was a Latvian silent movie actress in Europe since the 1910s, especially popular in Latvia, Germany[1] and Russia.


Life and film career

As an actress Marija Leiko conquered the German big screen first starring in the Die Diamantenstiftung (1917), Kain (1918), Ewiger Strom (1919), Die Frau im Käfig (1919) and Lola Montez (1919) as the dancer.

When the silent movie era ended she retired from film acting. She was arrested and shot to death during Stalin's purges in Moscow in 1937.


  1. Die Räuberbande (1928)
  2. Die Rothausgasse (1928) playing Katherina Rezek
  3. Am Ruedesheimer Schloss steht eine Linde (1928) playing Fritz's mother
  4. Aufstieg der kleinen Lilian (1925)
  5. Dr. Wislizenus (1924)
  6. Der Schatz der Gesine Jakobsen (1923)
  7. Der Frauenkönig (1923)
  8. Die Schneiderkomteß (1922) playing the young Comtesse
  9. Kinder der Finsternis - 2. Kämpfende Welten (1922) playing Maria Geon
  10. Versunkene Welten (1922)
  11. Kinder der Finsternis - 1. Der Mann aus Neapel (1921) playing Maria Geone
  12. Die Frau von morgen (1921)
  13. Die Ratten (1921) playing Pauline Piperkarcka
  14. Die Furcht vor dem Weibe (1921) playing Reederstochter
  15. Am Webstuhl der Zeit (1921) (as Marija Leyko) playing Ruth Einser, Hansen's assistant
  16. Das Opfer der Ellen Larsen (1921)
  17. Brandherd (aka Verlogene Moral. English release title Torgus) (1921) playing Anna
  18. Die Rote Redoute (1921)
  19. Die Kwannon von Okadera (1920) playing Ingele von Geortz
  20. Ewiger Strom (1920) playing Marija
  21. Satanas (English release tite: Satan) (1920) playing Irene
  22. Die Frau im Käfig (1919)
  23. Freie Liebe (1919)
  24. Lola Montez (aka aka Am Hofe Ludwigs I. von Bayern) (1919)
  25. Das Frühlingslied (1918)
  26. Die Diamantenstiftung (1917)


  1. ^ Marija Leiko
  • Guna Zeltina, Anita Uzulniece Russian: Мария Лейко : Актриса театра и кино, 1887-1937 Language: Latvian Riga Liesma 155 pages (Illustrated) January 1989 ISBN 5410002768 ISBN 9785410002769

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