Barbara Valentin

Barbara Valentin (born Ursula Ledersteger; 15 December 1940 – 22 February 2002)[1] was an Austrian actress. She worked in film, often with Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Barbara Valentin
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Valentin, c. 1959
Ursula Ledersteger

(1940-12-15)15 December 1940
Vienna, Austria
Died22 February 2002(2002-02-22) (aged 61)
Munich, Germany
Other namesBarbara Valentine
Years active1959–2001


Valentin was born in 1940 as Ursula Ledersteger in Vienna, Austria.[2][3] Her father was the Austrian art director, Hans Ledersteger and her mother the actress, Irmgard Alberti. She had a half-brother, Alfred Ledersteger. She was married to German film director Helmut Dietl.[2]

During the early to mid-1980s, Valentin was close friends with Freddie Mercury. She is featured in the music video for the Queen song, It's a Hard Life.

During her career, Valentin was nicknamed "the German Jayne Mansfield".[4]

On 22 February 2002, Valentin died of a stroke in Munich, Germany at the age of 61.[4] She was buried in the Ostfriedhof in Munich, Germany.

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
1960 Horrors of Spider Island Babs Fritz Böttger horror film
1961 The Girl with the Narrow Hips [de] (German: Das Mädchen mit den schmalen Hüften) Beauty queen Johannes Kai
1961 The Festival Girls [de] Valentine Leigh Jason
1961 There is Still Room in Hell [de] (German: In der Hölle ist noch Platz) Janet Ernst R. von Theumer [de]
1961 Our Man in Jamaica Gloria Ernst R. von Theumer [de]
1968 The Star Maker Hotel maid John Carr
1971 Furchtlose Flieger Blondie Veith von Fürstenberg, Martin Müller
1972 King, Queen, Knave Optician Jerzy Skolimowski
1973 World on a Wire (German: Welt am Draht) Gloria Fromm Rainer Werner Fassbinder[5] TV film
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (German: Angst essen Seele auf) Barbara Rainer Werner Fassbinder A film about an older German woman who enters an Arab bar where she meets and marries a younger man from Morocco.[3][6]
1974 Martha Marianne Rainer Werner Fassbinder[7] TV film
1974 Effi Briest Marietta Tripelli Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1975 Fox and His Friends (German: Faustrecht der Freiheit) Max's wife Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1976 Bomber & Paganini [de] Mona Nikos Perakis
1976 An Isfahanian in the Land of Hitler [fa] Nosratollah Vahdat
1977 Women in Hospital Angelika's mother Rolf Thiele
1978 Flaming Hearts Karola Faber Walter Bockmayer, Rolf Bührmann
1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz Ida Rainer Werner Fassbinder 15½-hour television adaptation of Alfred Döblin's epic 1929 novel[8]
1981 Lili Marleen Eva Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1981 Looping Helma Walter Bockmayer, Rolf Bührmann
1984 Hell is in Heaven (German: Im Himmel ist die Hölle los) Erika Schrillmann Helmer von Lützelburg Satirical film
1987 The Second Victory Greta Mayer Gerald Thomas


  1. ^ "Barbara Valentin, German actress". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b Bret, David (2014). Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Biography. ISBN 9781291819434.
  3. ^ a b Reimer, Robert C.; Reimer, Carol J. (2010). The A to Z of German Cinema. Plymouth, U.K.: Scarecrow Press. p. 300. ISBN 9781461731863.
  4. ^ a b Lentz III, Harris M. (2003). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2002: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 309. ISBN 0786414642 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Lim, Dennis (10 April 2010). "A Bold Vision, Still Ahead of Its Time". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Angst essen Seele auf". Festival de Cannes (in French). Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  7. ^ Holden, Stephen (1994). "FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW; Fassbinder on the Painfully Tight Bonds of Marriage". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Screen: By Fassbinder, 'BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ'". The New York Times. 10 August 1983. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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