Inge Meysel

Inge Meysel

Additional Names: Ingeborg Charlotte Meysel (Geburtsname)
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*30.05.1910 Berlin; †10.07.2004 Bullenhausen bei Hamburg

Biography

Inge Meysel was born as Ingeborg Charlotte Hansen in Berlin on May 30th 1910. The daughter of protestant Dane Margarete Dagmar Antonie Luise Hansen and Jewish tobacco trader Julius Meysel left school before graduation to study acting under Ilka Grüning. Following her first auditions, she debuted in 1930 at the Stadttheater in Zwickau.

Following several theatre engagements, she made her first screen appearance in 1932 in "Großstadtnacht". The same year, she played the lead in the staging of Ludwig Fulda's "Fräulein Frau" at the Renaissance-Theater in Berlin, and later performed at the Schauspielhaus Leipzig in "Rauhnacht" and – alongside her then life partner Helmut Rudolph – in Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors".

Since she was considered a "Half-Jew" according to the Nazi race laws, Inge Meysel received a stage ban in August 1933, which was followed by a complete occupational ban in August 1935. Together with Rudolph, she first worked in the Free City of Danzig, before the couple relocated via Dresden to Hamburg in 1936. In 1942, the Gestapo ordered Meysel and Rudolph to end their cohabitation. She got jobs as a switchboard operator, design draftsman and in a parachute factory. After the war, Meysel –whose father survived the Holocaust in a hideout provided by his former secretary – and Rudolph got married, but the couple divorced again in 1947.

In September 1945, Meysel's appearance in a staging of Hofmannsthal's "Jedermann" at the St. Johannis church in Hamburg marked her comeback as an actress after a forced 12 year-long hiatus. In April 1946, she performed in Molières "Tartüff" at the Thalia in Hamburg. She remained an ensemble member of the renowned theatre until 1970, excelling in numerous celebrated stagings, including Hauptmann's "Die Ratten". Meysel also often guested at other theatres, especially in Berlin.

A role in "Liebe 1947" brought her back to the cinema. This was followed by screen performances in "Taxi-Kitty", "Kommen sie am Ersten" und "Wunschkonzert". She was equally convincing in dramatic and comic parts, proven by her roles in "Dr. Crippen lebt", "Als geheilt entlassen" and "Rosen für den Staatsanwalt". Moreover, she starred in movie adaptations of her stage successes "Im sechsten Stock" and "Ihr schönster Tag".

From 1953 on, Inge Meysel also appeared regularly in television – which led to her immense popularity –, and at first mainly in TV plays based on her theatre work. These were often directed by John Olden, to whom Meysel was also married from 1957 up to Olden"s death in 1965. Apart from comedies, she also brilliantly mastered the tragic roles in the TV adaptations of "Der Biberpelz" and "Die Ratten".

The attribute "TV Mother of the Nation", which was to follow her for the rest of her career, came with the role of feisty matriarch Käthe Scholz in the seven-part series "Die Unverbesserlichen". Later, she deliberately tried to subvert this dominant image with controversial mother roles in productions like "Eine geschiedene Frau" and "Mütter". Another significant character was the resolute cleaning lady Mrs. Harris, whom Meysel played in several TV plays from 1969 on. In 1971, she left the Thalia for the Renaissance-Theater in Berlin, and this was followed by numerous guest performances and tours, for instance alongside Helmut Käutner in the staging of "Ehekarussell".

The 1980 production "Der rote Strumpf" marked her last return to the big screen, and Meysel from then on exclusively worked for TV and in the theatre. In "Die kluge Witwe" (1981), she convincingly embodied a woman who confronts the social and personal effects of age. She repeated her new role as the confident and rebellious senior citizen in "Frau Juliane Winkler", "Kein pflegeleichter Fall" and "Großmutters Courage". Among her other memorable TV performances are the clever granny she played in several episodes of "Polizeiruf 110", and her moving portrayal of an elderly woman who is locked away in an asylum in "Das vergessene Leben".

In 1995, Meysel ended her theatre career with a performance of "Teures Glück" at the Bernhard-Theater in Zurich.

Apart from her work as an artist, Inge Meyel often participated actively in political debates and frequently campaigned for feminist and social causes. Over the years, the argumentative actress received numerous prestigious prizes, both for her body of work and her personal engagement. Notably, she refused to accept the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1981, pointing out that her Jewish father was deprived of his Iron Cross by the Nazis in 1933.

Inge Meysel passed away in Hamburg on July 10th 2004.

Filmography

2001 Bargeld lacht
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1999/2000 Blaues Blut
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1998 Zwei süße Früchtchen
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1998 Mach' mal Pause!, Herr Petermann
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1998 Auf gute Nachbarschaft
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1998 Glücksspiele
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1997 Das vergessene Leben
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1997 Ungehörige Angehörige
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1997 Guppies zum Tee
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1997 Gänseblümchen
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1997 Heimatgeschichten. Bericht von Dreharbeiten mit Inge Meysel.
Cast
 
1996 Kurzer Traum
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1995/1996 Babuschka
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1995 Roter Caviar
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1995 Das wird schon werden
Cast
 
1995 Dank an eine Unverbesserliche
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1995 Großmutters Courage
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1994/1995 1 A Landeier
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1994 Glück auf Kredit
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1993 Schlussabrechnung
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1993 Parlazzo
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1992 Kein pflegeleichter Fall. II
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1992 ZAK
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1991 Taxi nach Rathenow
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1990 Mrs. Harris und der Heiratsschwindler
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1990 Kein pflegeleichter Fall
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1990 Die Richterin
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1989 In inniger Feindschaft / Champ clos
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1989 Die Staatskanzlei
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1989 Der Augenblick der Rache
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1988/1989 Mrs. Harris fährt nach Monte Carlo
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1988 Zum Geburtstag viel Glück. Willy Millowitsch wird 80. EP 3: Omelette Surprise
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1988 Neapel sehen und erben
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1987/1988 Spätes Glück nicht ausgeschlossen
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1987 Die Erbschaft
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1987 Mrs. Harris fährt nach Moskau
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1986 Blutrausch
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1986 Vertrauen gegen Vertrauen
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1985 Der geschmuggelte Henry
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1985 Suche Familie - zahle bar
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1985 Schwester Hilde
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1984/1985 Grenzenloses Himmelblau
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1984/1985 Die Krimistunde [Folge 14]
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1984 Freund mit Rolls Royce
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1984 Das Geschenk
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1984 Die Dame und die Unterwelt
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1984 Selbstbedienung
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1983 Frau Juliane Winkler
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1982 Ein Kleid von Dior
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1981 Die kluge Witwe
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1980/1981 Der rote Strumpf
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1979 Ihr 106. Geburtstag
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1978/1979 Noch 'ne Oper. Ein musikalischer Spaß
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1976 ... in allen Lebenslagen
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1975/1976 Sonntags geöffnet
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1975 Hundert Mark. Sieben Geschichten um eine runde Summe.
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1974 Mütter
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1973 Orpheus in der Unterwelt
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1971 Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten [6]
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1971 Die Unverbesserlichen und ihr Stolz
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1970 Keiner erbt für sich allein
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1970 Die Unverbesserlichen und die Liebe
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1969 Weh' dem, der erbt
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1969 Die Unverbesserlichen und ihre Menschenkenntnis
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1968 Die Unverbesserlichen und ihre Sorgen
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1968 Zwischenmahlzeit
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1967 Die Unverbesserlichen und ihr Optimismus
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1966 Die Unverbesserlichen - nichts dazugelernt
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1965 Die eigenen vier Wände
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1965 Die Unverbesserlichen
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1964/1965 Tivoli
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1964 Ein Frauenarzt klagt an
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1961/1962 Ihr schönster Tag
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1961 Im 6. Stock
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1961 Schau heimwärts, Engel
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1961 Blond muß man sein auf Capri
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1959/1960 Als geheilt entlassen
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1959 Liebe verboten - Heiraten erlaubt
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1959 Bobby Dodd greift ein
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1959 Rosen für den Staatsanwalt
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1958 Das Mädchen vom Moorhof
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1958 Immer die Radfahrer
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1958 Nasser Asphalt
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1957/1958 Dr. Crippen lebt
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1956 Ein Mann muß nicht immer schön sein
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1956 Der Mustergatte
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1956 Uns gefällt die Welt
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1955 Die Heiratsvermittlerin
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1955 Wunschkonzert
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1954/1955 Des Teufels General
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1954 Der Mann meines Lebens
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1954 Mit und ohne Begleitung
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1952 Tanzende Sterne
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1951/1952 Die Stimme des Anderen
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1951 Die Dubarry
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1951 Sensation in San Remo
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1951 Engel im Abendkleid
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1951 Kommen Sie am Ersten...!
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1950 Taxi-Kitty
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1950 Der Fall Rabanser
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1949/1950 Meine Nichte Susanne
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1949 Schatten der Nacht
Cast
 
1948/1949 Liebe 47
Cast
 
1932 Großstadtnacht
Cast
 

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