Friday, June 3, 2016

German Actress Hannelore Schroth

German actress Hannelore Schroth posed in a chair in the Reich Chancellery (Reichskanzlei) during an artists reception for the 4th "Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung" (Great German Art Exhibition), Berlin, 27 July 1940. Schroth (10 January 1922 – 7 July 1987), was a German film, stage and television actress whose career spanned over five decades. Born Hannelore Emilie Käte Grete Schroth in Berlin in 1922, she was the daughter of popular stage and film actors Heinrich Schroth and Käthe Haack. Her older half-brother was actor and film director Carl-Heinz Schroth (1902-1989), who was the product of Schroth's father's earlier marriage to Else Ruttersheim. Schroth began her career as a child actress, and made her film debut at the age of nine in 1931's Max Ophüls' comedy "Dann schon lieber Lebertran" opposite her mother. Until age sixteen she attended drama school in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her early film successes include Spiel im Sommerwind (1938), Weisser Flieder (1939) and Kitty und die Weltkonferenz (1939) - the latter of which was her first leading role. During World War II, Hannelore Schroth continued performing in films. Unlike her father, Heinrich Schroth, who was by then appearing in Nazi propaganda films such as the notorious 1940 anti-Semitic "Jud Süß", Hannelore avoided overtly political films, such as her appearance in 1945's romantic drama Unter den Brücken (English: Under the Bridges). After the war, she continued her work extensively in film and returned to the theatre, with engagements in Vienna, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich. In addition to theatre and appearing in German films as an actress, in the 1950s Schroth began a career as a voice actress, dubbing many English language films into German. Some of which include Jane Wyman's character of Carolina Hill in "Just for You" (1952), Shirley MacLaine in "Irma La Douce" (1963), Elizabeth Taylor's role as Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) and Ingrid Bergman's role as Golda Meir in "A Woman Called Golda" (1982). In her later years, Schroth began appearing on West German television, as well as appearing on stage and in film. The picture was taken by Hugo Jaeger.

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