|Born||(1885-06-28)28 June 1885|
|Died||24 September 1953(1953-09-24) (aged 68)
(m. 19??; div. 1918)
(m. 1918; div. 1947)
(m. after 1947)
Viertel developed a reputation as a poet and theatre director, before moving into film work from 1922.
As a screenwriter and director, he collaborated with some of the leading figures of the silent era of German cinema and worked on several influential films.
He was married to screenwriter and actress Salka Viertel from 30 April 1918 to 20 December 1947.
Arrival in America
Following the collapse of Viertel's theatre , he faced severe financial difficulties and accepted an offer from the Fox Film Corporation.
He came to Los Angeles in 1928 planning to stay for just three years.
Viertel wanted to gain experience working for the booming Hollywood film industry and hoped to earn enough to return to Europe.
Viertel grew to intensely dislike the atmosphere in Hollywood, which he found paranoid and which he believed placed too many artistic restraints on him.
Viertel wanted to produce socially relevant films and did not believe Hollywood had the capacity to do so.
With the uncertain political situation in Germany in 1932, the Viertels decided to stay in the United States with their children rather than return to an uncertain future in Europe.
It was also an important gathering place for the émigré community.
Previously, Berthold Viertel had been married to Grete Viertel, but they divorced in 1918.
After his divorce from Salka in 1947, he married for a third time, this time to Elisabeth Neumann to whom he remained married until his death in 1953.
His marriage to Salka Viertel produced three sons: Hans, Peter and Thomas.
Peter Viertel (1920–2007) was a book and screenplay writer.
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berthold Viertel.