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 was not shown in the "Memorial Tribute" at the 67th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in 1995, although she died in December 1994 and had been nominated for an Oscar in 1964 for her role in "Lilies on the Field".

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.

Since 2001, actress and granddaughter Libby Skala has been performing in a one-woman show "Lilia!" based on the fascinating, eventful life of her actress/grandmother Lilia. Libby offers portrayals of both her grandmother and herself in these series of conversations.

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