Marga Legal

Marga Legal

Additional Names: Margarete Legal (Geburtsname)
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*18.02.1908 Berlin; †30.10.2001 Berlin

Biography

Marga Legal, born February 18, 1908, in Berlin, as Margarete Legal, daughter of theatre director, actor, and director Ernst Legal, grew up with her mother after her parents separated. After finishing school in Wiesbaden, she attended actor"s training in Munich and made her stage debut at the age of 19 at the theatre in Aachen. She soon played larger roles and performed in most diverse roles at theatres in Wuppertal, Stuttgart, Königsberg, and in Hamburg.

In 1935, Legal was banned from performing by the Nazi regime because of her partly Jewish heritage but her fate did not worsen after she married actor Heinz Klevenow and had three children with him. The family relocated to Prague in 1940. Marga Legal was not able to continue her acting career until after the war had ended. She at first performed at Hamburg"s Thalia-Theater before she went to Berlin to perform for several years at Theater am Schiffbauerdamm from 1946 on. She then joined Volksbühne and performed at Maxim Gorki Theater from 1955 to 1968. After a long hiatus from the stage she did not return to perform at Berlin"s Renaissance-Theater until old age.


In 1951/52, Marga Legal made her debut in a DEFA production in the role of widow Rühling in Martin Hellberg"s film "Das verurteilte Dorf". Subsequently, Legal starred in numerous other films, including "Alarm im Zirkus" (1953) and "Eine Berliner Romanze" (1956), both directed by Gerhard Klein, Konrad Wolf"s film "Sonnensucher" ("Sun Seekers", 1958), "Weißes Blut" (1959) by Gottfried Kolditz, and the Soviet-German co-production "Fünf Tage – fünf Nächte" ("Five Days, Five Nights"). In the film, Legal played the depressed museum clerk Luise Rank who develops a new courage to face life after the downfall of Nazi Germany when she starts to search for lost paintings.

Kurt Maetzig gave Marga Legal one of her few leading roles. In "Die Fahne von Kriwoj Rog" ("The Flag of Krivoy Rog", 1967), she played the wife of mine worker Brosowski (Erwin Geschonneck) and won the GDR National Award for the accurate execution of her role.


From the 1970s on, Legal more and more often starred in the role of grandmothers and instead of her numerous portraits of working women she now also made brilliant performances in several roles of bourgeois or even aristocratic women, for instance, in the role of Countess Lamas in the multi-part film "Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria" (1985). Furthermore, Legal was able to successfully prove her comic talent. But she received most praise for her portrayal of Dietrich Bonhoeffer"s mother in Joachim Kunert"s film "Die dunklen Jahre" (1982). She also played the mother of Hans Fallada in Roland Gräf"s film "Fallada – Letztes Kapitel" (1988).

After the German reunification, Marga Legal appeared in numerous TV productions – as she had already done in the German Democratic Republic during the 1970s –, including the TV series "Polizeiruf 110", "Tatort", or "Großstadtrevier". However, she rarely returned to the movie screen.

Marga Legal had also been politically active and temporarily served as a member of Volkskammer. She died on October 30, 2001, in Berlin, at the age of 93 from the consequences of a car accident.

Filmography

1997 Die Kommissarin: Gefährliche Übertragung
Cast
 
1995 Grawes letzter Fall
Cast
 
1995 Alte Freunde
Cast
 
1994/1995 Ein ehrenwertes Haus
Cast
 
1994 Tödliches Netz
Cast
 
1992 Das große Fest
Cast
 
1992 Das war der wilde Osten
Cast
 
1991 Sie und Er
Cast
 
1990/1991 Engel mit einem Flügel
Cast
 
1989 Der Wahrheit verpflichtet
Cast
 
1989 Blaue Taube soll fliegen
Cast
 
1988/1989 Millionenerben
Cast
 
1988/1989 Katharina
Cast
 
1987/1988 Fallada - Letztes Kapitel
Cast
 
1987/1988 Der Geisterseher
Cast
 
1987 Der Mann im Baum
Cast
 
1987 Die letzte Kundin
Cast
 
1986/1987 Die alte Frau im Lehnstuhl
Cast
 
1985/1986 Ein großes Talent
Cast
 
1985-1987 Im Kreis
Cast
 
1985 Mit List und Tücke
Cast
 
1984/1985 Treibnetz
Cast
 
1984/1985 Hubertusjagd
Cast
 
1984/1985 Außenseiter
Cast
 
1983/1984 Schwere Jahre
Cast
 
1983/1984 Im Sog
Cast
 
1983 Eine nette Person
Cast
 
1983 Mathilde Möhring
Cast
 
1982/1983 Insel der Schwäne
Cast
 
1982-1987 Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria
Cast
 
1982-1987 Sachsens Glanz und Preußens Gloria: Aus dem siebenjährigen Krieg
Cast
 
1982 Wo gibt's denn so was?
Cast
 
1982 Woll'n wir tauschen?
Cast
 
1980/1981 Der Teufel hat den Schnaps gemacht
Cast
 
1980 Der Hinterhalt
Cast
 
1980 Mein Vater Alfons
Cast
 
1979 Marta, Marta
Cast
 
1978/1979 Hochzeitsreise
Cast
 
1978 Herbstzeit
Cast
 
1977/1978 Der zweite Mann
Cast
 
1977 Ehe man Ehefrau bleibt
Cast
 
1977 Des Alleinseins müde
Cast
 
1976/1977 Schach von Wuthenow
Cast
 
1976/1977 Kollision
Cast
 
1976/1977 Vermißt wird Peter Schnok
Cast
 
1976 Der Weg ins Nichts
Cast
 
1976 Eine fast perfekte Sache
Cast
 
1976 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1976 / Nr. 020]: 30 Jahre DEFA / 30 Jahre Filmkunst im Auftrag der Arbeiterklasse (Erinnerungen an Filme und Filmschöpfer)
Participation
 
1975/1976 Heimkehr in ein fremdes Land
Cast
 
1975/1976 Konzert für Bratpfanne und Orchester
Cast
 
1975/1976 Schwarze Ladung
Cast
 
1975 Felix kauft ein Pferd
Cast
 
1975 Bin ich Moses?
Cast
 
1974/1975 Der Mann
Cast
 
1974/1975 Schwester Agnes
Cast
 
1974 Die erste Nacht
Cast
 
1973/1974 Kein Paradies für Elstern
Cast
 
1973/1974 Spätsaison
Cast
 
1973/1974 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
Cast
 
1973/1974 Das Geheimnis des Ödipus
Cast
 
1973/1974 Der Sandener Kindermordprozeß
Cast
 
1973/1974 Konzert für einen Außenseiter
Cast
 
1972/1973 Die sieben Affären der Doña Juanita
Cast
 
1972/1973 Die Legende von Paul und Paula
Cast
 
1971/1972 Die Bilder des Zeugen Schattmann
Cast
 
1970/1971 Mein lieber Robinson
Cast
 
1967/1968 Leben zu zweit
Cast
 
1967 Der Augenzeuge [Jg. 1967 / Nr. 045]
Participation
 
1967 Die Fahne von Kriwoj Rog
Cast
 
1966 Schatten über Notre Dame
Cast
 
1966 Ohne Kampf kein Sieg
Cast
 
1965/1966 Die Alliierten
Voice
 
1964/1965 Wolf unter Wölfen
Cast
 
1963/1964 Preludio 11
Cast
 
1963 Die Affäre Heyde-Sawade
Cast
 
1962 Der Kinnhaken
Cast
 
1962 Tote reden nicht
Cast
 
1962 Der Mann mit den zwei Gesichtern
Cast
 
1961/1962 Ljudi i sveri
dubbed by
 
1961/1962 Königskinder
Cast
 
1961 Der Ermordete greift ein
Cast
 
1960/1961 Der Arzt von Bothenow
Cast
 
1960/1961 Fünf Tage - fünf Nächte
Cast
 
1960/1961 Die Liebe und der Co-Pilot
Cast
 
1960 Sommerwege
Cast
 
1959/1960 Hochmut kommt vor dem Knall
Cast
 
1959/1960 Das Leben beginnt
Cast
 
1959 Weißes Blut
Cast
 
1959 Ehesache Lorenz
Cast
 
1958/1959 Ware für Katalonien
Cast
 
1958 Klotz am Bein
Cast
 
1958 Der Lotterieschwede
Cast
 
1957/1958 Jahrgang 21
Cast
 
1957/1958 Ein Lebenslauf
Cast
 
1957/1958 Sonnensucher
Cast
 
1956/1957 Schlösser und Katen. 1. Der krumme Anton. - 2. Annegrets Heimkehr
Cast
 
1956/1957 Die Abenteuer des Till Eulenspiegel
Cast
 
1955/1956 Eine Berliner Romanze
Cast
 
1955/1956 Heimliche Ehen
Cast
 
1954/1955 Wer seine Frau lieb hat
Cast
 
1953/1954 Alarm im Zirkus
Cast
 
1951/1952 Das verurteilte Dorf
Cast
 

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