Senta Berger

Senta Berger

Darstellerin, Drehbuch, Produzent
*13.05.1941 Wien, Österreich

Biography

Senta Berger began to take dance training at the age of six years. She left secondary school to attend actor's training at the Reinhardt-Seminar but was dismissed after two semesters because of several film appearances, for example in Anatole Litvak's "The Journey". Berger then became a trainee at Theater in der Josefstadt and made her stage debut in 1958. In 1960, she was granted a five-year contract with producer Artur Brauner and mainly played in comedies and music films. In 1962, Berger starred in the Disney production "The Waltz King" by Steve Previn and in the following years was seen in US productions alongside Charlton Heston, Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, and Dean Martin as well as in TV series such as the "Bob Hope Show", "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", and the "Danny Kaye-Show".

In 1965, Senta Berger and her husband Michael Verhoeven founded the production company Sentana Film GmbH. During the 1970s, Berger was often seen in Italian and French sex comedies and spy thrillers. In Germany, Berger established a good reputation as an actress in Verhoeven's films as well as the producer of politically involved films. In 1983, Berger won the German film prize for the production of "Die weiße Rose" ("The White Rose") which was directed by Michael Verhoeven. Moreover, Berger starred in the title role of Volker Schlöndorff's "Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass" ("Morals of Ruth Halbfass") and as Hester Prynne in Wim Wenders' "Der scharlachrote Buchstabe" ("The Scarlet Letter").

Highlights of Berger's versatile TV work in Germany include leading roles in the TV series "Kir Royal" by Helmut Dietl which won her the "Chaplin-Schuh" in 1987, the title role of a Munich taxi driver in Michael Verhoeven's TV series "Die schnelle Gerdi" and the female leading part in Frank Beyer's two-part movie "Sie und Er". In 1995, Berger starred as Teresa, who on her 50th birthday runs away from her bourgeois marriage to take a trip into the underworld, in Xaver Schwarzenberger's "Die Nacht der Nächte" ("Night of Nights").

During the past couple of years, Berger was mainly seen on TV and, for example, investigated criminal colleagues as police chief inspector Dr. Eva-Maria Prohacek in the TV series "Unter Verdacht" (2002 to 2004). During the 1970s, Berger did literary readings and also played on stage. From 1974 to 1982, she performed as Buhlschaft in "Jedermann" at Salzburger Festspiele.

In 2005, Senta Berger was given the Hessian Television Award as part of the ensemble of the film "Die Konferenz". In 2009, she won the German Television Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Schlaflos". The following year, she received a Grimme Award and the Bavarian Television Award for her turn in the drama "Frau Böhm sagt Nein". Also in 2009, she returned to the big screen with Ben Verbong's "Ob ihr wollt oder nicht!". The next year, she appeared opposite Bruno Ganz in the drama "Satte Farben vor Schwarz".

She reprised her role of the socialite Mona from Helmut Dietl's legendary TV series "Kir Royal" for his high society satire "Zettl" (2012). The same year, she played a terminally sick woman looking for redemption in Isabel Kleefeld's "Ruhm" ("Glory: A tale of mistaken identities"), an adaptation of Daniel Kehlmann's eponymous novel.

In 2012, Senta Berger was the female lead in two acclaimed TV productions: "Und alle haben geschwiegen" saw her playing a woman who breaks her silence about the abuse she suffered as a child in a Christian orphanage; while "Operation Zucker" (2012) had her portraying a prosecutor who investigates a child porn ring. The latter performance garnered Berger the Günter Rohrbach Filmpreis, and the film also won a Grimme Award and four German Television Awards. She next starred opposite Friedrich von Thun in the TV comedies "Hochzeiten" (2012) und "Hochzeiten 2" (2013), followed by more humorous turns in "Willkommen auf dem Land" (2013, TV), "Almuth & Rita" (2014, TV), and "Frauen verstehen" (2014, TV).

Senta Berger also joined the ensemble of Jan Georg Schütte's award-winning and largely improvised feature "Altersglühen - Speed Dating für Senioren" (2014). In 2014, she was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the German Actors Awards. In addition to starring in the comedy "Die Hochzeit meiner Eltern" (2016, TV), Senta Berger also continued her successful run as the lead of the highly popular police procedural series "Unter Verdacht".

Filmography

2016/2017 Die Häschenschule - Jagd nach dem goldenen Ei
Voice
 
2016 Willkommen bei den Hartmanns
Cast
 
2015-2017 Verlorene Sicherheit
Cast
 
2014/2015 Ein Richter
Cast
 
2014/2015 Betongold
Cast
 
2014 Grauzone
Cast
 
2013/2014 Mutterseelenallein
Cast
 
2013/2014 Almuth & Rita
Cast
 
2013/2014 Altersglühen - Speed Dating für Senioren
Cast
 
2013 Just Married - Hochzeiten zwei
Cast
 
2013 Ich habe mich immer eingemischt - Der Produzent Günter Rohrbach
Participation
 
2012/2013 Türkische Früchtchen
Cast
 
2012/2013 Ohne Vergebung
Cast
 
2012 Operation Zucker
Cast
 
2011/2012 Das Blut der Erde
Cast
 
2011/2012 Und alle haben geschwiegen
Cast
 
2010/2011 Ruhm
Cast
 
2010/2011 Die elegante Lösung
Cast
 
2010/2011 Zettl
Cast
 
2010 Laufen und Schießen
Cast
 
2009/2010 Satte Farben vor Schwarz
Cast
 
2009 Horst Schlämmer - Isch kandidiere!
Cast
 
2009 Frau Böhm sagt Nein
Cast
 
2008/2009 Mama kommt!
Cast
 
2008/2009 Ob ihr wollt oder nicht
Cast
 
2008/2009 Schlaflos
Cast
 
2008/2009 Tausend Augen
Cast
 
2008 Brubeck
Cast
 
2008 Die falsche Frau
Cast
 
2008 Der schmale Grat
Cast
 
2007 Münchner (Filmfest-) Geschichten
Participation
 
2005 Emilia - Familienbande
Cast
 
2004 Beste Freunde
Cast
 
2004 Die Konferenz
Cast
 
2004 Einmal so wie ich will
Cast
 
2003/2004 Gipfelstürmer
Cast
 
2002/2003 Die Verhoevens
Participation
 
2002/2003 Eine Landpartie
Cast
 
2002/2003 Die schnelle Gerdi und die Hauptstadt
Cast
 
2002-2005 Passion & Poetry. The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah
Participation
 
2001/2002 Verdecktes Spiel
Cast
 
2001/2002 Bis dass dein Tod uns scheidet
Cast
 
2001/2002 8 femmes
dubbed by
 
1999/2000 Trennungsfieber
Cast
 
1999/2000 Zimmer mit Frühstück
Cast
 
1998/1999 Mit fünfzig küssen Männer anders
Cast
 
1998 Liebe und weitere Katastrophen
Cast
 
1997/1998 Bin ich schön?
Cast
 
1997/1998 mammamia
Cast
 
1996/1997 Kap der Rache
Cast
 
1996 Lamorte
Cast
 
1995 Dopo ila tempesta / Mein Sohn ist kein Mörder!
Cast
 
1994/1995 Der maskierte Tod
Cast
 
1994 Die Nacht der Nächte
Cast
 
1994 Dr. Schwarz und Dr. Martin - Neuland
Cast
 
1993 Gefangene Liebe
Cast
 
1993 Eine unheilige Liebe
Producer
 
1992 Herzlichen Glückwunsch: Heinz Rühmann zum 90. Geburtstag
Participation
 
1991 Sie und Er
Cast
 
1991 Mütter: Bis auf den heutigen Tag
Participation
 
1990 Schlaraffenland
Producer
 
1989/1990 L'Amour toujours l'amour / Junge Liebe rostet nicht
Cast
 
1989 Showgeschichten
Cast
 
1989 Der Wind weht
Cast
 
1989 denkmal - Ein kulturelles Ratespiel
Cast
 
1989 Das schreckliche Mädchen
Producer
 
1987/1988 Heißer Schmuck
Cast
 
1987/1988 Semmelweis Ignaz - Arzt der Frauen
Producer
 
1986/1987 Gundas Vater
Producer
 
1986 Der Mainzer Tod
Cast
 
1985/1986 Killing Cars
Cast
 
1985/1986 Stinkwut
Screenplay, Producer
 
1985 Die zwei Leben des Mattia Pascal
Cast
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 6. Karriere
Cast
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 5. Königliche Hoheit
Cast
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 4. Adieu Claire
Cast
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 3. Das Volk sieht nichts
Cast
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 2. Muttertag
Cast
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 1. Wer reinkommt, ist drin
Cast
 
1984 Das Tor zum Glück
Producer
 
1983 Die Spider Murphy Gang
Producer
 
1983 Liebe Melanie
Cast, Producer
 
1982 Die Mutprobe
Producer
 
1981/1982 Die Entscheidung
Cast
 
1981 Dantons Tod
Cast
 
1980 Speed Driver
Cast
 
1980 Die Ursache
Producer
 
1979/1980 Am Südhang
Producer
 
1978 Freiheit
Cast
 
1977 Halbzwei
Cast
 
1976/1977 Curd Jürgens - Der Filmstar, der vom Theater kam
Participation
 
1976/1977 Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz
Cast
 
1976 Abschiede - Drei Szenen aus dem Wien um 1900
Cast
 
1976 Das chinesische Wunder
Cast
 
1975/1976 Per Saldo Mord
Cast
 
1975 MitGift
Cast, Producer
 
1975 Der Stargast: Senta Berger
Cast
 
1975 Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua
Cast
 
1973 Frühlingsfluten
Cast
 
1973 Ein unheimlich starker Abgang
Producer
 
1973 Reigen
Cast
 
1972/1973 Der scharlachrote Buchstabe
Cast
 
1971/1972 Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass
Cast
 
1971/1972 Causa di divorzio
Cast
 
1971/1972 Toll trieben es die alten Germanen
Cast
 
1971/1972 Der Geliebte der großen Bärin
Cast
 
1971 Roma Bene - Liebe und Sex in Rom
Cast
 
1970 Wer im Glashaus liebt... Der Graben
Cast, Producer
 
1969 Wien nach Noten
Cast
 
1969 Die Senta Berger Show
Cast
 
1968/1969 Das ausschweifende Leben des Marquis de Sade
Cast
 
1968/1969 Frühstück mit dem Killer
Cast
 
1968/1969 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
Cast
 
1968 Babeck
Cast
 
1967 Mit teuflischen Grüßen
Cast
 
1967 Paarungen
Producer
 
1966/1967 Der grausame Job
Cast
 
1966 Unser Boß ist eine Dame
Cast
 
1965/1966 Lange Beine - lange Finger
Cast
 
1964/1965 Major Dundee
Cast
 
1964/1965 Schüsse im 3/4 Takt
Cast
 
1963/1964 Volles Herz und leere Taschen
Cast
 
1963/1964 Kali Yug. 1. Teil: Die Göttin der Rache
Cast
 
1963 Jack und Jenny
Cast
 
1963 Kali Yug - Aufruhr in Indien
Cast
 
1962 Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes
Cast
 
1962 Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse
Cast
 
1962 Frauenarzt Dr. Sibelius
Cast
 
1961/1962 Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Koffer
Cast
 
1961 Ramona
Cast
 
1961 Diesmal muß es Kaviar sein
Cast
 
1961 Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein
Cast
 
1961 Adieu, Lebewohl, Goodbye
Cast
 
1961 Immer Ärger mit dem Bett
Cast
 
1961 Junge Leute brauchen Liebe
Cast
 
1961 Eine hübscher als die andere
Cast
 
1960/1961 Das Wunder des Malachias
Cast
 
1960 O sole mio
Cast
 
1960 Der brave Soldat Schwejk
Cast
 
1959/1960 Ich heirate Herrn Direktor
Cast
 
1959 Katia
Cast
 
1958 Der veruntreute Himmel
Cast
 
1957 Die Lindenwirtin vom Donaustrand
Cast
 
1957 Die unentschuldigte Stunde
Cast