Hannelore Elsner died at the age of 76 years

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She started as a Starlet in the movies, was for many years a TV-Commissioner and shone dramas in the award-winning Cinema. For nearly 60 years, Hannelore Elsner, stand in front of the camera. Now she is died, surprisingly.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The last movie

    In March 2019 cherry blossoms & demons “started” in the German cinemas, a continuation of Doris Dörries “cherry blossoms – Hanami” (2008). It should be Hannelore Elsners last film for the cinema. On the side of Elmar Wepper (right) played in a supporting role, the late mother of Karl (Golo Euler).

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Beginnings

    In the first 20 years of her career, Hannelore Elsner (on the right starred, with Liselotte Pulver), especially in light entertainment films like “Glorious times in the Spessart” (1967). The Directors (in this case: Kurt Hoffmann) mainly appreciated for their Sex Appeal.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Breakthrough

    She gained International attention in 1975, the role of the Marlit in “Berlinger” (with Martin Benrath, image): He is an Individualist who withdraws from the monkey see, monkey do in the third Reich. As he flees abroad, arrested his wife, of the Gestapo, commits suicide. “German cinema has come of age”, praised the “time” of the Film by the Director Duo of Alf Brustellin and Bernhard Sinkel.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Comeback

    After Elsner played from the mid-1980s, almost without exception, in TV productions, helped her Director Oskar Roehler in the year 2000 for the big movie Comeback: “The Untouchables” plays a GDR writer who loses with the fall of the wall the basis of their existence. Critics called Elsners portrait as a “role of a lifetime”. For you and for the Film, it gave the German Film.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Solo

    Director Oliver Hirschbiegel gave her in 2002, the main role in “My last Film”: The film diva Marie (Elsner) looks back at a 90-minute monologue on your life, ready to start a new one. Elsner was awarded for her “stunning Solo” (FAZ) for the second Time with the German film award.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Sleeper Hit

    In “go for Zucker!” (2004) she played Marlene, the wife of the Jewish GDR sports reporter Jaeckie sugar (Henry Hübchen, image), the need to reconcile the much-needed heir of his mother, with his faithful brother. Marlene has of kosher food no idea, but for the legacy she does everything. The Comedy was a surprise success and attracted a Million spectators in the cinemas.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Late Work

    The nine-year-old Hanna (Nike Seitz, image) growing up in the late 1960s in the Austrian province between Altnazis and pious Catholics. Your grandmother Ruth (Elsner) helps her discover her Jewish identity and to recognize. “Hanna’s sleeping dogs” (2016) by Andreas Gruber got mixed reviews, Elsners performance, however, was rated consistently positive.

    Author: Katharina Abel


  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The last movie

    In March 2019 cherry blossoms & demons “started” in the German cinemas, a continuation of Doris Dörries “cherry blossoms – Hanami” (2008). It should be Hannelore Elsners last film for the cinema. On the side of Elmar Wepper (right) played in a supporting role, the late mother of Karl (Golo Euler).

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Beginnings

    In the first 20 years of her career, Hannelore Elsner (on the right starred, with Liselotte Pulver), especially in light entertainment films like “Glorious times in the Spessart” (1967). The Directors (in this case: Kurt Hoffmann) mainly appreciated for their Sex Appeal.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Breakthrough

    She gained International attention in 1975, the role of the Marlit in “Berlinger” (with Martin Benrath, image): He is an Individualist who withdraws from the monkey see, monkey do in the third Reich. As he flees abroad, arrested his wife, of the Gestapo, commits suicide. “German cinema has come of age”, praised the “time” of the Film by the Director Duo of Alf Brustellin and Bernhard Sinkel.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Comeback

    After Elsner played from the mid-1980s, almost without exception, in TV productions, helped her Director Oskar Roehler in the year 2000 for the big movie Comeback: “The Untouchables” plays a GDR writer who loses with the fall of the wall the basis of their existence. Critics called Elsners portrait as a “role of a lifetime”. For you and for the Film, it gave the German Film.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Solo

    Director Oliver Hirschbiegel gave her in 2002, the main role in “My last Film”: The film diva Marie (Elsner) looks back at a 90-minute monologue on your life, ready to start a new one. Elsner was awarded for her “stunning Solo” (FAZ) for the second Time with the German film award.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Sleeper Hit

    In “go for Zucker!” (2004) she played Marlene, the wife of the Jewish GDR sports reporter Jaeckie sugar (Henry Hübchen, image), the need to reconcile the much-needed heir of his mother, with his faithful brother. Marlene has of kosher food no idea, but for the legacy she does everything. The Comedy was a surprise success and attracted a Million spectators in the cinemas.

  • Hannelore Elsner: milestones of a character actress

    The Late Work

    The nine-year-old Hanna (Nike Seitz, image) growing up in the late 1960s in the Austrian province between Altnazis and pious Catholics. Your grandmother Ruth (Elsner) helps her discover her Jewish identity and to recognize. “Hanna’s sleeping dogs” (2016) by Andreas Gruber got mixed reviews, Elsners performance, however, was rated consistently positive.

    Author: Katharina Abel


Most of the Actresses have difficulties to get to a certain age, even good roles, Hannelore Elsner, it worked the other way: they increased until the end of Fifty to one of the largest German character actors.

Hannelore Elsner, actually, Elstner, will on the 26. July 1942 in Burghausen, Germany, was born and grew up in Munich. Early on, she has to cope with two blows of fate: her two years older brother is coming in March, 1945, during an air attack killed; her father dies when she is eight. She changes several times the school and takes over as the 14-Year-old in Munich in smaller Jobs because the money is tight. “I was nowhere really at home,” she writes in her autobiography, “In the Exuberance. Out of my life” (2011) about their youth.

Light entertainment with Sex Appeal

Elsner and Mario Adorf in “The gentlemen with the white waistcoat” (1969)

With 16 years Elsner is discovered on a walk in Munich for the show. A year later, she turns to the side of the then enormously popular actor and singer Freddy Quinn her first Film: “Freddy under strange stars”. After an acting education in Munich, game is in 1961 for the first Time on a theatre stage. In 1968, she should be in Slawomir Mrozeks “Tango”, the Munich chamber matches, the first naked on a German stage have been – if only for three, four seconds, as she herself says.

Until today, Hannelore Elsner has played in more than 200 film and television productions, including on the side of Peter Alexander, Georg Thomalla and Mario Adorf. First of all, you will be booked, thanks to its Sex-appeal, especially for light entertainment movies such as “The clown from the first Bank” and thrillers. To do this, it still stands today: “I know what I have made everything inconsequential. But you can’t blame me for that. I have supplied a lifetime of me and my own, I had to earn money,” she says of the “süddeutsche Zeitung” (2010). International recognition gives it, in 1975, the main female role of the Marlit in “Berlinger” (Director: Alf Brustellin and Bernhard Sinkel).

In the mid-1980s, Elsner observed a nearly 15-year-old movie theater break, but the television is very present. Particularly popular as “The Commissioner”, which they embodied in the ARD from 1994 to 2006 in 66 follow. It is the first Time that a woman takes on the main role in a drama series. At the beginning of your page: the young Til Schweiger.

“The Untouchables” and “My last Film” – Elsner as a character actress

The great cinema Comeback Elsner as “The Untouchables” in the year 2000. Director Oskar Roehler not filmed the last days of his mother, the GDR-writer Gisela Elsner (Hannelore Elsner is related), the loses with the fall of the Berlin wall, their livelihoods, and, finally, commits suicide. Elsner will be awarded for their performance – as well as the Film itself – with the German film award. You yourself referred to “The Untouchables” in the tabloid “Bunte” as “the pinnacle of my career to date”.

Hannelore Elsner as “The Untouchables” (2000)

Henceforth, it is regarded as the great German character actress. The next film will price you to loot three years later for “My last Film”, in which she shines as the aging Diva, the muses in a 90-minute monologue about your past life, your husband settles and breaks up, then a new beginning. Achievements such as “All sugar!” (2004, Director: Dani Levy) and Doris Dörries “cherry blossoms – Hanami” (2008). 2019 with “cherry blossoms & demons,” a sequel that was launched in the beginning of March in the German cinema. Together with film partners Elmar Wepper plays a deceased couple, which makes the son’s life from Beyond the grave is difficult. It Hannelore Elsners is his last movie.

In addition to her acting career, Hannelore Elsner for the Fritz Bauer Institute was active and fought against the Forgetting of the Holocaust. On the occasion of the film “To life!” (2014), in which she played a traumatized Holocaust Survivor, told the Jewish General, you should have this role, particularly to prepare: “Since I’m 20, I deal with the crimes of the Nazis. (…) I’ve had this time in me.”

Her private life the actress is as far as it goes, from the headlines. She was twice married and leaves a son Dominik from a relationship with film Director Dieter Wedel.

To was their birthdays Elsner, like Interviews. “I need to talk to you about my age, since I 25 am,” she complained in her autobiography. “To me the Buddhist idea that says, up to 60 young, 60 you get older.”