Oscar Actors: Korjus, Miliza

Born August 18, 1900 in Warsaw; died in 1980.

A blonde coloratura soprano who starred with various European opera companies in the 1920s and early 1930s, notably the Berlin Opera under the baton of Wilhelm Furtwangler.

Korjus was signed by MGM to co-star in the film biography of Johann Strauss, The Great Waltz (1937), but despite an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, she never made another Hollywood picture. Korjus is probably one of the most obscure Oscar nominees, one whose name is often used in pop culture quiz.

She later appeared in Carnegie Hall and gave concerts in other American cities before retiring in the early 1950s.

In 1937, Korjus competed for the Supporting Actress Oscar with Alice Brady (who won for In Old Chicago), Andrea Leeds, Anne Shirley, Claire Trevor, and Dame May Whitty.