Erika Pelikowsky

Erika Pelikowsky

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*18.01.1916 Wien, Österreich; †01.03.1990 Wien, Österreich

Biography

Erika Pelikowsky was born January 18, 1916, in Vienna. After finishing school, she applied for the well-known drama school Max Reinhardt Seminar to study acting although her middle-class parents opposed her plans. When her first application was declined, she took private acting lessons, applied for a second time – and was finally accepted.

Pelikowsky made her first stage experience as a bit player for Salzburger Festspiele while she was still studying at Max Reinhardt Seminar. After her graduation the qualified actress became a cast member at Theater Linz. On her return to Vienna at the end of the 1930s, she was called to perform at the renowned Burgtheater. As a cast member, Pelikowsky appeared in numerous productions of classic plays, for instance as Hermia in Shakespeare"s "Midsummernight’s Dream", or as Luise in Schiller"s "Kabale und Liebe" ("Intrigue and Love"). In the 1943/44 season she performed at Berlin"s Schillertheater under its director Heinrich George but returned to Vienna after only one season. Back in Vienna, Pelikowsky performed at Burgtheater, at Volkstheater, and, from 1948 on, at Scala. When Scala was closed in 1956 due to political reasons, Pelikowsky with several of her colleagues went to Berlin where she stayed until 1971 as an enormously successful cast member of Deutsches Theater. In 1971, Helene Weigel brought her to Berliner Ensemble, where Pelikowsky stayed until 1986.


Erika Pelikowsky made her movie debut at a rather late stage in her career. In 1955, she appeared for the first time on the big screen, in "Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti" ("Herr Puntila and his Servant Mattiv), also starring Curt Bois. From the 1960s on, she regularly worked for DEFA. Although she did not play leading roles on the big screen, she often stuck out in key supporting roles, for instance as quirky boarding-house keeper in "Pension Boulanka" (1964), or as the wife of the sculptor Ernst Bärlach in Ralf Kirsten"s drama "Der verlorene Engel" ("The Lost Angel", 1966). In 1977, she made her last memorable DEFA appearance: Pelikowsky turned her role as professor Mittenzwei in Roland Gräf"s film "Die Flucht" ("The Flight") into an easily remembered "exit".

Besides her movie career, Pelikowsky was also seen in numerous GDR TV movies. Predestined by her age, she mainly played mothers, grandmothers, and society ladies from the 1970s on. In this respect, her most memorable films include the three-part movie "Abschied vom Frieden" (1977), and the six-part mini-series "Einzug ins Paradies" (1987), where Pelikowsky made a strong impression as an affectionate and warm-hearted grandmother.

After the death of her second husband Wolfgang Heint in 1984, Pelikowsky more and more withdrew from the spotlight. On March 1, 1990, Erika Pelikowsky died in her native city of Vienna.

The contents of this entry were funded with the support of the DEFA-Stiftung.

Filmography

1984/1985 Flug des Falken
Cast
 
1983/1984 Das vergessene Labor
Cast
 
1980 Gevatter Tod
Cast
 
1979/1980 Muhme Mehle
Cast
 
1976/1977 Abschied vom Frieden
Cast
 
1976/1977 Die Flucht
Cast
 
1976-1978 Der Meisterdieb
Cast
 
1975/1976 Beethoven. Tage aus einem Leben
Cast
 
1975/1976 Daniel Druskat
Cast
 
1975 Ein Feigenblatt für Kuhle Wampe - oder Wem gehört die Welt
Cast
 
1973/1974 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
Cast
 
1972/1973 Der kleine Kommandeur
Cast
 
1971/1972 Der Dritte
Cast
 
1971 Liebeserklärung an G. T.
Cast
 
1970 Zwei Briefe an Pospischiel
Cast
 
1969/1970 Jeder stirbt für sich allein
Cast
 
1969/1970 Unterwegs zu Lenin
Cast
 
1968/1969 Nebelnacht
Cast
 
1968/1969 Der Engel im Visier
Cast
 
1968 Die Toten bleiben jung
Cast
 
1968 Wege übers Land
Cast
 
1966 Die Perser
Cast
 
1966 Lebende Ware
Cast
 
1965-1966/1971 Der verlorene Engel
Cast
 
1964/1965 Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt
Cast
 
1964 Pension Boulanka
Cast
 
1963/1964 Der geteilte Himmel
Cast
 
1963 Vanina Vanini
Cast
 
1963 Die Spur führt in den »7. Himmel«
Cast
 
1961 Der Tod hat ein Gesicht
Cast
 
1959/1960 Trübe Wasser
Cast
 
1955/1956 Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti
Cast
 

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