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Christine Maria Kaufmann (11 January 1945 – 28 March 2017) was a German-Austrian[1] actress, author, and businesswoman. The daughter of a German father and a French mother, she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress for Town Without Pity in 1961, the first German to be so honoured.

Christine Kaufmann
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Kaufmann in 2013
Born Christine Maria Kaufmann
(1945-01-11)11 January 1945
Lengdorf, Styria, Germany
Died 28 March 2017(2017-03-28) (aged 72)
Munich, Germany
Cause of death Leukemia
Occupation Actress, author, businesswoman
Years active 1952–2017
Spouse(s)
Tony Curtis
(m. 1963; div. 1968)
Children 2, including Allegra Curtis

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Life and careerEdit

Kaufmann was born in Lengdorf, Styria, Austria, then part of Nazi Germany. Her mother, Geneviève Kaufmann (née Gavaert), was a French make-up artist; her father, Johannes Kaufmann, was a German Luftwaffe officer and engineer.[2] Christine Kaufmann also had Circassian ancestry.[3]

Growing up in Munich, Bavaria, Kaufmann became a ballerina at the Munich Opera. She began her film career at the age of seven in The White Horse Inn (1952) and appeared as a lead actress in Der Schweigende Engel the same year, but gained big attention with Rose-Girl Resli in 1954. She achieved international recognition when she starred with Steve Reeves in The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) and with Kirk Douglas in Town Without Pity (1961). The following year she appeared in Escape from East Berlin (1962).

Kaufmannn resumed her career, which she had interrupted during her marriage, after her divorce with Tony Curtis, notably with supporting roles in the Rainer Werner Fassbinder films Lili Marleen and Lola. She often worked with German director Helmut Dietl, for example in the satirical television series Monaco Franze – Der ewige Stenz. In 1987, she played a glamerous tattoo artist in the cult classic Bagdad Cafe, an offbeat comedy set in a desolate truck stop cafe and motel in the Mojave Desert. Her last role was Aunt Polly in the American film Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014), co-starring Jake T. Austin and Val Kilmer.

Kaufmann was in her later years also a successful businesswoman, promoting her own cosmetics products line that sold well in Germany. From her 40s until her death, the media often called Kaufmann the "most beautiful grandmother in Germany".[4][5][6] She wrote several books about beauty and health, as well as two autobiographies.

Personal lifeEdit

At age 18 in 1963, Kaufmann married Tony Curtis, whom she had met during the filming of Taras Bulba (also 1962). They had two daughters, Alexandra (born 19 July 1964) and Allegra (born 11 July 1966). The couple divorced in 1968. Kaufmann married three more times: to television director Achim Lenz (1974–76), musician and actor Reno Eckstein (1979-1982) and illustrator Klaus Zey (1997-2011).[7] On German television, Kaufmann admitted to having an affair with Warren Beatty.[8][9]

Kaufmann enjoyed traveling. She moved from one place to another frequently—a pattern that she believed she had inherited from her Circassian forefathers.[3] She spoke three languages: German, English, and French.

Kaufmann died on 28 March 2017 in Munich from leukaemia at the age of 72. She was diagnosed with leukemia only a few days before her death.[10][11]

FilmographyEdit

 
Christine Kaufmann in 2014

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1953 Prosecutor Corda Berta Neidhart
1953 Salto Mortale Dascha
1953 The Monastery's Hunter Vronerl
1954 Rose-Girl Resli Resli
1954 Der schweigende Engel Angelika Helmer
1955 When the Alpine Roses Bloom Christine
1956 Ein Herz schlägt für Erika Erika Kayser
1956 Die Stimme der Sehnsucht Eva
1957 The Winemaker of Langenlois Christl
1957 Widower with 5 Daughters Ulla Scherzer
1958 Mädchen in Uniform Mia
1958 Sag ja, Mutti Evi
1958 Embezzled Heaven Doris
1959 First Love Silvia
1959 Alle lieben Peter Kitty Steiner
1959 Winter Holidays Florence
1959 The Last Days of Pompeii Elena / Ione
1960 The Fabulous Fraud Christine Wilkens
1960 Toto, Fabrizi and the Young People Today Gabriella Cocozza
1960 Red Lips Baby
1960 The Last Pedestrian Christine Cornelius
1961 Constantine and the Cross Livia
1961 Town Without Pity Karin Steinhof
1961 Via Mala Sylvia Lauretz
1961 A Man Named Rocca Geneviève Adé
1961 The Phony American Inge
1962 Swordsman of Siena Serenella Arconti
1962 Tunnel 28 Erika Jurgens
1962 Terror After Midnight Julie Elgin
1962 Taras Bulba Natalia Dubrov
1964 Wild and Wonderful Giselle Ponchon
1969 Komm, süßer Tod La Contessa
1971 Murders in the Rue Morgue Madeleine Charron
1973 Willow Springs Christine
1976 As of Tomorrow Vicky
1978 Red Rings of Fear Christina
1980 Egon Schiele: Excess and Punishment Edith Harms
1981 Lili Marleen Miriam
1981 Lola Susi
1981 Day of the Idiots Ruth
1983 The Roaring Fifties Natascha
1983 Die Schaukel Mme. Lautenschlag
1983 Pankow '95 Laura Zart
1987 Bagdad Cafe Debby
1989 The Story Teller Clara Lilienthal
1989 Hard to Be a God Okana
1994 The Knickerbocker Gang: The Talking Grave Annie Kramer
1998 Caipiranha - Vorsicht, bissiger Nachbar! Karin Wolters
2011 Fahr zur Hölle Lilith
2014 Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Aunt Polly

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1970 Bend Sinister Mariette TV film
1970 Wie ein Blitz Diana Valesco TV miniseries
1971 Gestrickte Spuren Fanny Elßler TV film
1972 Der Kommissar Eva Raßner "Traum eines Wahnsinnigen"
1973 Immobilien Jasmin Strothmann TV film
1974 Die Fälle des Herrn Konstantin Gisela Pahl "Der gußeiserne Buddha", "Bankdirektor Alba"
1975 Burning Daylight Margret 'Labiskwee' "Vierauge"
1977 Derrick Marion Kless "Hals in der Schlinge"
1978 Das Männerquartett Nina Huf TV film
1979 Le comte de Monte-Cristo Mme. Danglars TV miniseries
1979 Joséphine ou la comédie des ambitions Mme. Hosten-Lamothe TV miniseries
1979 Der ganz normale Wahnsinn Violetta Schimpf "Drittes Kapitel", "Zweites Kapitel", "Sechstes Kapitel"
1982 Wonderful, Wonderful Times Frau von Pachthofen TV film
1983 Monaco Franze – Der ewige Stenz Olga Behrens Main role
1983 Inflation im Paradies Laverne Schuhmann TV film
1987 Die Insel Margit TV film
1988 Julius Caesar Portia TV film
1990–91 Wenn das die Nachbarn wüßten Kaufhausdirektorin TV series
1993 Glückliche Reis Felicitas von Feilitz "Ibiza"
1993 Missione d'amore Valery TV miniseries
1993 Das Double Jutta Eck TV film
1994 Verliebt, verlobt, verheiratet Maja Kunert TV series
1994 Birkenhof & Lerchenau Theres TV film
1995 Stubbe – Von Fall zu Fall Frau Jensen "Stubbe sieht rot"
1995 Weihnachten mit Willy Wuff II - Eine Mama für Lieschen Gräfin TV film
1996 Balko Frederike Kogel "Ein Toter zuwenig"
1997 Park Hotel Stern Oksana Olejewa "Entscheidungen"
1998 A.S. Nadja Seewald "Das Tier"
1998 Höllische Nachbarn Ingelore Merk TV film
1998 Für alle Fälle Stefanie Frau von Drossel "Goldene Regeln"
1999 Einsatz Hamburg Süd Frau Duenser "Trau keinem!"
2000 SOKO München Margit Finneisen "Das Rendezvous"
2003 Club der Träume - Türkei, Marmaris Adlaya TV film
2007 Die ProSieben Märchenstunde Tante Hortensie "Aschenputtel - Für eine Handvoll Tauben"
2008 Im Namen des Gesetzes Frau Meyer-Arndt "Dunkle Ahnung"
2008 Love Trip Home Marianne Forster TV film
2012 Heiter bis tödlich - Fuchs und Gans Diana Bootz "Eierdiebe"
2013 Stille Adele Vio TV film
2013 Tiere bis unters Dach Frau von Werther "Die Millionenkatze"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ „Christine Kaufmann über die Entführung ihrer Töchter in T-online (Retrieved at 28. March 2017)
  2. ^ "Das Doppelleben der Christine Kaufmann" [The double life of Christine Kaufmann]. RP Online (in German). Frankfurt am Main. 2005. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Hinkofer, Christine (2014). "Christine Kaufmann: Die Lust und Last zu reisen" (Interview). Interviewed by Christine Kaufmann. Munich. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Kaufmann, Christine (2012). "Der Sex-Appeal der schönsten Großmutter Deutschlands". ChristineKaufmann. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Kraft, Katja (2015). "Christine Kaufmann – Deutschlands schönste Oma wird 70" [Christine Kaufmann – Germany's most beautiful grandmother turns 70]. Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Deutschlands berühmte Großmütter" [Germany's famous grandmothers]. Die Welt (in German). Berlin. 11 June 2006. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.cosmopolis.ch/english/film/christine_kaufmann_e020000.htm
  8. ^ Lafer! Lichter! Lecker! ZDF, November 1, 2014.
  9. ^ von Mutius, Franziska (2014). "Christine Kaufmann schreibt Hollywood-Affären" [Christine Kaufmann writes Hollywood affairs]. Bild (in German). Berlin. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  10. ^ http://beta.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-christine-kaufmann-20170328-story.html
  11. ^ https://www.tz.de/stars/muenchnerin-soll-um-ihr-leben-ringen-leukaemie-drama-um-schauspiel-legende-christine-kaufmann-8008685.html

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