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"Martha" star Margit Carstensen died at 83

2023-06-02T11:22:12.785Z

Highlights: Actress Margit Carstensen has died at the age of 83. She had not been able to take on any roles for a long time because of poor health. For years, the heavy smoker suffered from pulmonary emphysema, which made it difficult for her to breathe. In 2019 she was honored in Berlin with the Götz George Prize for her life's work. She was one of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's great stars. She also worked with Christoph Schlingensief for many years.



Margit Carstensen, died at the age of 83. © Annette Riedl//dpa

Tall, slender and fragile, Margit Carstensen often played enigmatic and mysterious women. Now the actress has died at the age of 83.

Heide - She was one of Fassbinder's great stars: actress Margit Carstensen has died. She died on Thursday at the age of 83 in a hospital in Heide (Schleswig-Holstein), as her agent announced on Friday, citing the family.

In 2016 she was still seen in the "Tatort - What it is worth living for" on television. In addition to Eva Mattes as Inspector Klara Blum, she played Irm Hermann and Hanna Schygulla, a curious trio of old ladies who become murderers for moral and ethical reasons.

For many years, Carstensen lived in seclusion in a small village near Heide (Schleswig-Holstein). She had not been able to take on any roles for a long time because she was in poor health. For years, the heavy smoker suffered from pulmonary emphysema, which made it difficult for her to breathe.

Carstensen grew up in Kiel. After studying acting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, she played on various stages, and from 1965 to 1969 Carstensen was a member of the ensemble of the Hamburg Schauspielhaus. In 1969 she moved to Bremen, where she met the charismatic playwright and filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982). With him she made films such as "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant" (1972), "Martha" (1974) and "Chinese Roulette" (1976).

She also worked with Christoph Schlingensief (1960-2010) for many years, in whose film "100 Years of Adolf Hitler - The Last Hour in the Führerbunker" (1989) she played Magda Goebbels and in whose media parody "Terror 2000" (1992) she played a detective. Together with director Leander Haußmann, she shot the ex-GDR comedy "Sonnenallee" (1999). In 2019 she was honored in Berlin with the Götz George Prize for her life's work. Dpa

Source: merkur

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