Dora Reisser and Henry Goodman: Dora's Story
Chair: Henry Goodman
This event took place on Sunday 5 March 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
Dora’s Story is a tale of triumph over every possible adversity – a story of terror and hunger and persistence. Dora Reisser, who made her way from Sofia to Vienna to London to Hollywood, recounts her life story as a Bulgarian-born Nazi refugee, who rose to become the youngest solo dancer for the Vienna Opera and, following a fall, an actor in both television and film. Dora knew the worlds of Harry Lime and Bernie Cornfeld, the KGB and the early days of Israel, and had lovers along the way. She talks about this and more with actor Henry Goodman.
Dora Reisser trained as a ballet dancer, performing with the Vienna Opera as prima ballerina, but retired after a fall and took up acting, studying at RADA. After retiring from acting to raise a family, she became a successful fashion designer.
Henry Goodman is a multi-award-winning actor, twice recipient of the Laurence Olivier award and winner of the London Critics’ Circle award. He has taught at many of London’s leading drama schools and has recently appeared in the title role in Volpone at the Royal Shakespeare Company and as Dr List in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron.