Ruth Leuwerik

Ruth Leuwerik

Additional Names: Ruth Leeuwerik (Geburtsname); Ruth Purper (Weiterer Name)
Darstellerin, Musik
*23.04.1924 Essen; †12.01.2016 München

Biography

Ruth Leuwerik, born April 23, 1924, in Essen, attended secondary schools for girls in Essen and in Münster, and later went to commercial college. Besides, she took private acting lessons and toured Westfalia as a member of Westfälisches Landestheater Paderborn from 1943 to 1944. In 1944, she became a cast member of Städtische Bühnen Münster. Later, she performed at Theater der Freien Hansestadt Bremen, at Städtische Bühnen Lübeck, and, from 1949 to 1953, at Hamburg's Deutsches Schauspielhaus.

In 1950, Ruth Leuwerik made her movie debut in the holiday comedy "13 unter einem Hut". Two years later, she celebrated a huge success with "Vater braucht eine Frau", directed by Harald Braun. Leuwerik and her film partner Dieter Borsche starred in three more film, "Die große Versuchung", "Königliche Hoheit" ("His Royal Highness"), and "Königin Luise" ("Queen Luise"). Together they became the "dream couple" of early 1950s German cinema.

Besides the discreet Borsche, O.W. Fischer and Hannes Messemer became her most prominent film partners. With her representation of self-confident, emancipated women, Ruth Leuwerik soon emerged as a counterpart to the more emotional actress Maria Schell. Seven of her films were directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner, their most successful collaborations include "Die Trapp-Familie" ("The Trapp Family", US remake 1964: "The Sound of Music") and "Taiga".

In 1960, Leuwerik was the first German actress to participate in the "Royal Performance" but she passed up an offer by Universal to go to Hollywood. She increasingly starred in films that dealt with the behavioral role of women typical of the time: In "Immer wenn der Tag beginnt", she played a teacher romantically involved with a pupil, while "Die ideale Frau" ("The Ideal Woman") dealt with women engaging in politics, and "Dorothea Angermann" dealt with a woman who had killed her unloved husband in self defense.

Also in 1960, Leuwerik played the actress Renate Müller who had died in 1937 under mysterious circumstances in Gottfried Reinhardt's film "Liebling der Götter" ("Sweethearts of the Gods"). The haunting representation of the Ufa star's inner moral dilemma who was torn between a successful movie career in Nazi Germany and her love to a Jewish emigrant is considered to be the artistic highlight of Leuwerik's movie career.

In the early 1960s, Ruth Leuwerik also took the opportunity to prove her comedic talent as a smart aristocrat in "Eine Frau fürs ganze Leben", and as Heinz Erhardt's wife in "Das Haus von Montevideo" ("The House in Montevideo").

After a foray into crime films – as the wife of an industrialist in the drama "Elf Jahre und ein Tag" ("Eleven Years and One Day") about a hit-and-run accident or as an attorney alongside Peter van Eyck in "Ein Alibi zerbricht" ("An Alibi for Death") – Leuwerik focused on her TV career. After a seven-year hiatus, she finally took another offer to appear on the movie screen and played the tender murderess Valerie Steinfeldt in "Und Jimmy ging zum Regenbogen" ("And Jimmy Went to the Rainbow"s Foot"), based on Johannes Mario Simmel's novel, in 1970. So far, her last film on the movie screen was the adaptation of Thomas Mann"s "Unordnung und frühes Leid" ("Disorder and Early Torment") in 1976.

Her TV appearances of the 1970s include guest performances in the TV crime series "Der Kommissar" and "Derrick", as well as the role of the consul's wife in Franz Peter Wirth's multi-part TV film version of "Buddenbrooks". During the 1980s, Ruth Leuwerik withdrew from acting and became involved as the chairwoman of the selection commission for the Bavarian film awards and as the patroness of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe.

Ruth Leuwerik died January 12, 2016 in Munich.

Filmography

2008/2009 Ruth Leuwerik erzählt...
Participation
 
2008 Heimat - Deine Filme
Participation
 
2005 Filmlegenden. Deutsch
Participation
 
1996/1997 Das Wispern im Berg der Dinge
Participation
 
1982/1983 Der Täter schickte Blumen
Cast
 
1980 Kaninchen im Hut und andere Geschichten mit Martin Held
Cast
 
1978/1979 Buddenbrooks
Cast
 
1977/1978 Ein Hinterhalt
Cast
 
1976/1977 Unordnung und frühes Leid
Cast
 
1976 Meine beste Freundin
Cast
 
1974 Der Segelbootmord
Cast
 
1970/1971 Und Jimmy ging zum Regenbogen
Cast
 
1970 Das weite Land
Cast
 
1964/1965 Ninotschka
Cast
 
1963 Ein Alibi zerbricht
Cast
 
1963 Hedda Gabler
Cast
 
1963 Das Haus in Montevideo
Cast
 
1963 Elf Jahre und ein Tag
Cast
 
1962 Die Rote
Cast
 
1961 Der Traum von Lieschen Müller
Cast
 
1961 Die Stunde, die du glücklich bist
Cast
 
1960 Auf Engel schießt man nicht
Cast
 
1960 Liebling der Götter
Cast
 
1960 Eine Frau fürs ganze Leben
Cast
 
1959 Die ideale Frau
Cast
 
1959 Ein Tag, der nie zu Ende geht
Cast
 
1958/1959 Dorothea Angermann
Cast
 
1958 Taiga
Cast
 
1958 Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika
Cast
 
1957 Immer wenn der Tag beginnt
Cast
 
1957 Franziska
Cast
 
1956/1957 Königin Luise
Cast
 
1956 Die Trapp-Familie
Cast
 
1955/1956 Die goldene Brücke
Cast
 
1955 Rosen im Herbst
Cast
 
1954/1955 Geliebte Feindin
Cast
 
1954/1955 Ludwig II.
Cast
 
1954 Bildnis einer Unbekannten
Cast, Vocals
 
1953 Königliche Hoheit
Cast
 
1953 Muß man sich gleich scheiden lassen?
Cast
 
1953 Geliebtes Leben
Cast
 
1953 Ein Herz spielt falsch
Cast
 
1952 Vater braucht eine Frau
Cast
 
1952 Die große Versuchung
Cast
 
1949/1950 Dreizehn unter einem Hut
Cast