Christine Kaufmann

Christine Kaufmann

Additional Names: Christine Maria Kaufmann (Geburtsname)
Darstellerin, Kostümbild, Musik
*11.01.1945 Lengdorf, Steiermark, Österreich; †28.03.2017 München

Biography

Christine Kaufmann was born in Lengdorf on January 11, 1945. The daughter of a civil engineer and a make-up artist, she grew up in Munich where she trained as a ballet dancer at a very young age.

Already in 1952, she made her screen debut in Willi Forst's "Im weissen Rössl". This was followed by appearances in films like "Salto mortale" (1953), "Der Klosterjäger" ("The Monastery's Hunter", 1953) und "Der schweigende Engel" (1954). Kaufmann's first leading role also marked her breakthrough as a popular child star: In Harald Reinl's "Rosen-Resli" ("Rose-Girl Resli", 1954), an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Johanna Spyri, she moved a mass audience with her portrayal of an orphan who has to overcome several dramatic obstacles before eventually finding a new home. The film was a box-office success, and from then on, the young audience favourite was a household name in Germany's popular post-war cinema: After appearing in "Wenn die Alpenrosen blüh'n" (1955), she starred in Reinl's "Ein Herz schlägt für Erika" (1956), the melodrama "Die Stimme der Sehnsucht" (1956) and the comedy "Witwer mit 5 Töchtern" (1957).

In 1958, Christine Kaufmann joined Romy Schneider and Lilli Palmer for a remake of "Mädchen in Uniform" ("Girls in Uniform"); in 1959, she starred opposite Peter Kraus in the musical comedy "Alle lieben Peter" ("Everybody loves Peter"). Gaining popularity beyond Germany, she was frequently cast in international co-productions from the late 1950s on. Following lead roles in the historical epic "Die letzten Tage von Pompeji" ("The Last Days of Pompeii", 1959) and the costume drama "Ein Thron für Christine" (1960), she starred alongside Kirk Douglas in "Stadt ohne Mitleid" ("Town Without Pity"). Her performance garnered Kaufmann the 1961 Golden Globe Award for Best Newcomer. She next had memorable roles in the literary adaptation "Via Mala" (1961) and Robert Siodmak's Cold War thriller "Tunnel 28" (1962).

In 1963, Christine Kaufmann was part of the all-star cast of the US-produced epic "Taras Bulba". During the shoot, she made the acquaintance of co-star Tony Curtis, whom she married the same year. Following the wedding, the busy young actress took an extended leave from filmmaking, and later gave birth to daughters Alexandra Theodora (born 1964) and Allegra (born 1966).

In 1968, she divorced Curtis and subsequently returned to Europe and on the big screen. During that second phase of her career, she became a prominent presence in New German Cinema. Director Werner Schroeter stylized Kaufmann as an almost ethereal beauty in "Der Tod der Maria Malibran" ("The Death of Maria Malibran", 1972) and "Willow Springs", and she also appeared in Hartmut Bitomsky's "Auf Biegen oder Brechen" ("By Hook or by Crook", 1975), as well as in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "Lili Marleen" (1980) and "Lola" (1981).

In the 1970s, Kaufmann, who also began to star in TV productions, made her stage debut at the Deutsche Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. There, she starred in stage productions of Werner Schroeter, and in the mid-1980s, she was an ensemble member during Peter Zadek's famous run as director.

Playing against type and popular image, Christine Kaufmann gave one of her most memorable and lauded performances of the 1980s as a retainer-wearing wallflower in Helmut Dietl's legendary TV series "Monaco Franze" (1982). On the big screen, she was seen in Percy Adlon's comedy "Out of Rosenheim" ("Bagdad Cafe", 1987) and Peter Fleischmann's science–fiction epic "Es ist nicht leicht, ein Gott zu sein" ("Hard to Be a God", 1987-1989).

In addition to her acting career, Christine Kaufmann frequently moonlights as an author: Since the 1980s she has published several books, including guides on beauty and love. Moreover, she has developed her own line of wellness and beauty products, for which she has also appeared as a public spokesperson from the late 1990s on.

Christine Kaufmann died of leukemia in the night of March 27/28, 2017 in Munich, age 72.

Filmography

2012 Stille
Cast
 
2010/2011 Fahr zur Hölle
Cast
 
2008 Heimat - Deine Filme
Participation
 
2005 Filmlegenden. Deutsch
Participation
 
2002 Club der Träume: Marmaris
Cast
 
2002 Haider lebt. - 1. April 2021
Cast
 
2000 Blutiger Ernst
Cast
 
1999 Snoopers
Cast
 
1998 Die Schläfer
Cast
 
1998 Super Nachbarn - Krieg im Doppelhaus
Cast
 
1998 Das Tier
Cast
 
1998 Höllische Nachbarn
Cast
 
1997/1998 Caipiranha
Cast
 
1995/1996 Ein Toter zu wenig
Cast
 
1995/1996 Ein flotter Dreier
Cast
 
1995 Weihnachten mit Willy Wuff - Eine Mama für Lieschen
Cast
 
1994/1995 Die Knickerbockerbande - Das sprechende Grab
Cast
 
1994 Birkenhof & Lerchenau
Cast
 
1993 Missione d'Amore
Cast
 
1992 Das Double
Cast
 
1988/1989 Der Geschichtenerzähler
Cast
 
1988 Gesundmacher
Cast
 
1987-1989 Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein
Cast
 
1987-1989 Russisches Abenteuer. Peter Fleischmann dreht "Es ist nicht leicht, ein Gott zu sein"
Cast
 
1987 Farbe bekennen
Cast
 
1987 Out of Rosenheim
Cast
 
1984 Laufen, leiden, länger leben
Cast
 
1983 Pankow '95
Cast
 
1983 Die Schaukel
Cast
 
1983 Monaco Franze - Der ewige Stenz
Cast
 
1982/1983 Die wilden Fünfziger
Cast
 
1982/1983 Ziemlich weit weg
Cast
 
1982 Die Ausgesperrten
Cast
 
1981/1982 Inflation im Paradies
Cast
 
1981/1982 Inflation im Paradies
Cast
 
1981 Tag der Idioten
Cast, Costume design
 
1981 Michael Heltau: Begegnungen
Cast
 
1981 Lola
Cast
 
1980 Lili Marleen
Cast
 
1979/1980 Egon Schiele - Exzesse
Cast
 
1979 Der Graf von Monte Christo
Cast
 
1978/1979 Der Durchdreher
Cast
 
1978/1979 Schatten eines Tages
Cast
 
1978-1980 Der ganz normale Wahnsinn
Cast
 
1978 Orgie des Todes
Cast
 
1977/1978 Die Ängste des Dr. Schenk
Cast
 
1977/1978 Das Männerquartett
Cast
 
1976 Hals in der Schlinge
Cast
 
1975/1976 Ab morgen sind wir reich und ehrlich
Cast
 
1975/1976 Goldflocken
Cast
 
1975 Hundert Mark. Sieben Geschichten um eine runde Summe.
Cast
 
1975 Lockruf des Goldes
Cast
 
1975 Auf Biegen oder Brechen
Cast
 
1973/1974 Zum Abschied Chrysanthemen
Cast
 
1973 Chaplins Hut
Cast
 
1973 Welt am Draht
Cast
 
1972/1973 Immobilien
Cast
 
1972/1973 Willow Springs
Cast
 
1971/1972 Der Tod der Maria Malibran
Cast
 
1971/1972 Traum eines Wahnsinnigen
Cast
 
1970/1971 Gestrickte Spuren
Cast
 
1969/1970 Wie ein Blitz
Cast
 
1969/1970 Das Bastardzeichen
Cast
 
1969 Liebesvögel
Cast
 
1962 90 Minuten nach Mitternacht
Cast
 
1962 Tunnel 28
Cast
 
1961 Via Mala
Cast
 
1961 Toller Hecht auf krummer Tour
Cast
 
1960/1961 Stadt ohne Mitleid
Cast
 
1960 Ein Thron für Christine
Cast
 
1960 Der letzte Fußgänger
Cast
 
1959 Die letzten Tage von Pompeji
Cast
 
1959 Alle lieben Peter
Cast
 
1958 Der veruntreute Himmel
Cast
 
1958 Sag ja, Mutti!
Cast
 
1958 Mädchen in Uniform
Cast
 
1957 Die Winzerin von Langenlois
Cast
 
1957 Witwer mit 5 Töchtern
Cast
 
1956 Die Stimme der Sehnsucht
Cast
 
1955/1956 Ein Herz schlägt für Erika
Cast
 
1955 Wenn die Alpenrosen blüh'n
Cast
 
1954 Rosen-Resli
Cast, Vocals
 
1954 Der schweigende Engel
Cast
 
1953 Der Klosterjäger
Cast
 
1953 Salto mortale
Cast
 
1952/1953 Staatsanwältin Corda
Cast
 
1952 Im weissen Rössl
Cast
 

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