LILIA SKALA (Subject of LiLiA!) was one of the first women to have received a degree in Architecture and Engineering from The University of Dresden, before practicing architecture professionally in Vienna. She went on to become one of Austria’s leading stage actresses and toured with Max Reinhardt in a 1934 production of Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.
She won a special place in the hearts of audiences throughout the world as the chapel-building nun in Lilies of the Field, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her brilliant performance. This film brought Miss Skala back to the prominence she had been forced to abandon when Hitler invaded her native Austria.
Her American debut in the Broadway production of Letters to Lucerne, was followed by a featured role in Call Me Madam, which she later repeated for the screen, The Diary of Anne Frank, in which she later toured, and the New York City Center German language production of The Three Penny Opera, in which she sang the role of Mrs. Peachum. Her last stage appearance was in Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs in Washington in 1989, for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.
She was seen on virtually every major dramatic program on all of the networks for over 30 years - including roles in soap operas, in I Remember Mama, directed by Ralph Nelson, in Green Acres as Eva Gabor's mother, and in prestigious specials like Eleanor and Franklin (for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award).
Her films include Ship of Fools, Caprice with Doris Day, Charly, Roseland (for which she was nominated for another Golden Globe Award), Testament, Flashdance, Heartland, House of Games and Men of Respect.