Wedekind, Pamela

ACTOR, CHANSONNIER (GERMANY)
BORN 12 Dec 1906, Berlin - DIED 9 Apr 1986, Ambach, Bayern (near the Starnberger See)
REAL NAME Wedekind, Anna Pamela
GRAVE LOCATION Münsing-Holzhausen, Bayern: Friedhof der Pfarrkirche Johannes der Täufer

Anna Pamela Wedekind was the daughter of notorious drama writer Frank Wedekind and the actress Tilly Wedekind-Newes. As a child she used used to sing with her father in his study after lunch. She was only five years old when she learned to play the guitar herself. Allthough Wedekind was a strict father and his marriage was difficult, he loved his children and his early death in 1918 when she was only eleven years old was a heavy blow for Anna Pamela.

In 1924 she and Klaus Mann became engaged, allthough Mann was clearly homosexual and his lesbian sister Erica loved Pamela. Gustav Grüdgens, also homosexual, was a close friend as well. Together with Erika Mann she performed in plays and cabarets.

After she broke off the engagement with Klaus Mann in 1927 she married the writer Carl Sternheim in 1930. He was 30 years older and seriously ill with syphilis. After treatment by Gottfried Benn he recovered and she lived with him in Brussels until their divorce in 1934. Her understanding with Erika Mann had become very difficult.
After Gründgens became director of the Preußischen Staatstheater in Berlin he engaged Pamela at the Theater an der Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. Here she worked for seven years until 1942.

Her second husband was the actor Charles Regnier, who was homosexual as well before their marriage and eight years her junior.They married in 1941, had three children and stayed together until her death.

She was also known for her chansons. In the 1950s she performed her father's songs during a tour. Since she didn't make records, her voice is now almost lost forever. All there seems to exists is a privately pressed album on which she appears.

After a long illlness she died in Ambach in Bavaria, near Lake Starnberg. She was buried in Münsing-Holzhausen and Regnier married actress Sonja Ziemann in 1989 and lived until 2001. Her son Anatol Regnier published a biography on Tilly Wedekind and her daughters in 2005.

Family
• Father: Wedekind, Frank
• Mother: Wedekind, Tilly
• Husband: Sternheim, Carl
• Sister: Wedekind, Kadidja

Related persons
• cooperated with Gründgens, Gustaf
• was engaged to Mann, Klaus

Sources
• Regnier, Anatol, Du af deinem höchtsten Dach, Tilly Wedekind und ihre Töchter, BTB Verlag, 2005
Literarische Gesellschaft Köln
• Scheibmayr, Erich, Gräber in Oberbayern - ausserhalb von München, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1998

Images

The Pfarrkirche Johannes der Täufer at the Kirchberg in Münsing-Holzhausen.
Picture by androom (23 May 2006)

 

The grave of Pamela Wedekind at the cemetery at the Kirchberg in Münsing-Holzhausen.
Picture by androom (23 May 2006)

 

The grave of Pamela Wedekind at the cemetery at the Kirchberg in Münsing-Holzhausen.
Picture by androom (23 May 2006)

 

The cross at the grave of Pamela Wedekind at the cemetery at the Kirchberg in Münsing-Holzhausen. The Starnberger See is visible in the backgroud.
Picture by androom (23 May 2006)

 

Pamela Wedekind.
 

Pamela Wedekind in "Bal paré".
 

Pamela Wedekind.
Picture by Jutta Seidel, München

 


Wedekind, Tilly

Published: 11 Jun 2006
Last update: 20 Sep 2014