Lilia Skala Overview:

Actress, Lilia Skala, was born on Nov 28, 1896 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria). Skala died at the age of 98 on Dec 18, 1994 in Bay Shore, Long Island and was cremated and her ashes given to family or friend.

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Although Skala was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1963Best Supporting ActressLilies of the Field (1963)Mother MariaNominated
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Lilia Skala Facts
She holds the distinction of being Austria's very first female architect.

At the time of her Oscar nomination for "Lilies of the Field," Skala was working at the Lost and Found desk of New York's Transit Authority, and was only able to attend the ceremonies when United Artists agreed to pay her fare. Within a year, Skala was supporting herself as an actress.

During the Nazi invasion of the late 1930s, Lilia's Jewish husband was arrested at one point and placed in a Viennese detention center. He was rescued by Lilia when she went to the prison and bribed the prison guards to let him go with a gold cigarette box. Her husband managed to escape over the border that same evening but was forced to leave behind Lilia and their two young sons. Lilia and her children eventually managed to escape themselves and later joined their husband and father in England. The entire family immigrated to the U.S. in 1939.

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