Ursula Karusseit

Ursula Karusseit

Darstellerin
*02.08.1939 Elbing (heute Elblag, Polen)

Biography

Ursula Karusseit was born August 2, 1939, in Elbing near Danzig in West Prussia but moved with her family via Mecklenburg to Gera during her youth. After finishing school she attended a commercial apprenticeship and subsequently worked as a stenotypist and case handler.

Karusseit took to acting as a hobby that soon turned into a true passion. After her application to Leipzig"s drama school was rejected, she studied at Staatliche Schauspielschule Berlin-Schöneweide (today: Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch") from 1960 on. There, her teachers included Wolfgang Heinz and Erika Pelikowsky.

After her graduation from drama school, she started a long-time engagement at Berlin"s Volksbühne. Temporarily, she also made guest performances at other Berlin theatres like Maxim-Gorki-Theater, Deutsches Theater and Theater im Palast (TiP). Karusseit celebrated huge success on stage with her performances as Shen Te in Bertolt Brecht"s "Der gute Mensch von Sezuan" ("The Good Person of Szechwan"), as Rote Rosa in "Moritz Tasso", and as Elsa in "Der Drache", among numerous other performances. "Moritz Tasso" and "Der Drache" were directed by Swiss director Benno Besson. Karusseit gave birth to their son Pierre Besson in 1967. In 1969, the couple married.


Since 1987, Ursula Karusseit works as a freelance actress and, for instance, performed at Schauspiel Köln, at Berlin"s Schillertheater, as well as at Munich"s Kammerspiele. Furthermore, she started to direct plays herself, for instance, in Dresden, Zittau, and in Tübingen.

Ursula Karusseit made her movie debut in 1963 in Lothar Bellaq"s TV movie "Was ihr wollt". Five years later, she became known to a large audience as maid Gertrud Habersaat in Helmut Sakowski’s five-part TV series "Wege übers Land" that retold the story of the village of Rakowen and of several of its residents between 1939 and 1953.

Karusseit continued to mainly work for TV productions. She, for instance, starred alongside Hilmar Thate in the five-part TV movie "Daniel Druskat" (1975) and alongside Wlater Plathe and Jürgen Heinrich in "Märkische Chronik" (1983). After the German reunification, she appeared in TV series like "Liebling Kreuzberg", "Praxis Bülowbogen", and – since 1998 – in the long-running ARD TV hospital series "In aller Freundschaft".

Karusseit has been rarely seen on the movie screen. Under director Horst E. Brandt, she starred in "KLK an PTX – Die rote Kapelle" ("KLK to PTZ – The Red Orchestra", 1971) and under director Konrad Wolf, she appeared in "Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz" ("The Naked Men in the Stadium", 1973). Furthermore, Karusseit played a double role in the DEFA children’s film "Die vertauschte Königin" (1984). After the reunification, she was seen in Andreas Dresen’s film "Nachtgestalten" ("Night Shapes", 1999), as well as in Adolf Winkelmann’s film "Waschen, Schneiden, Legen" (1999), also starring Guildo Horn.


Besides her acting career, Ursula Karusseit also works as a radio play voice, has toured all over Germany with her program "Jazz, Lyrik, Prosa", and is a lecturer at Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg since 1973. She is married for a second time to lighting technician Johannes Wegner and lives in Senzig, south of Berlin.

Filmography

2007 Die Falle
Cast
 
2006-2008 Nur ein Sommer
Cast
 
1999/2000 Das letzte Bild
Cast
 
1999 Waschen Schneiden Legen
Cast
 
1998/1999 Töte den Feind deines Feindes
Cast
 
1998/1999 Nachtgestalten
Cast
 
1995/1996 Unter die Haut
Cast
 
1993 Wer zweimal lügt
Cast
 
1992/1993 Die Wildnis
Cast
 
1992 Benno Besson - Der fremde Freund
Participation
 
1991 Die Sprache der Vögel
Cast
 
1991 Die verschwundene Miniatur
Cast
 
1986/1987 Abschiedslied für Linda
Cast
 
1985/1986 Weihnachtsgeschichten
Cast
 
1984/1985 Die Gänse von Bützow
Cast
 
1984 Die vertauschte Königin
Cast
 
1983 Film-Salabim
Participation
 
1982/1983 Olle Henry
Cast
 
1982/1983 Der Bastard
Cast
 
1982 Das Mädchen und der Junge
Cast
 
1981/1982 Komm mit mir nach Chicago
Cast
 
1980/1981 Familie Rechlin
Cast
 
1980 Puppen für die Nacht
Cast
 
1979/1980 Die Stunde der Töchter
Cast
 
1979/1980 Levins Mühle
Cast
 
1979/1980 Friedhelms Geburtstag und andere Geschichten
Cast
 
1977 Tod und Auferstehung des Wilhelm Hausmann
Cast
 
1976 Camping - Camping
Cast
 
1975/1976 Daniel Druskat
Cast
 
1973/1974 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
Cast
 
1973 Eva und Adam oder Drum prüfe!
Cast
 
1971/1972 Eva und Adam oder Gefechte mit Napoleon
Cast
 
1971 Der Arzt wider Willen
Cast
 
1970/1971 KLK an PTX - Die Rote Kapelle
Cast
 
1968 Wege übers Land
Cast
 
1963 Was ihr wollt
Cast
 
1963 Drei Kriege. 1. Tauroggen
Cast
 

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