Werner, Ilse

BORN 11 Jul 1921, Jakarta - DIED 8 Aug 2005, Lübeck
REAL NAME Still, Ilse Charlotte
GRAVE LOCATION Potsdam, Brandenburg: Friedhof Nowawes, Goethestrasse, Babelsberg-Nord

Daughter of a Dutch merchant who owned a plantation in Indonesia. Her mother was German. In 1931 she moved with her parents to Frankfurt am Main in Germany and in 1934 they settled in Vienna. In 1937 she debuted in "Glück" at the Josephstadttheater in Wien. In 1938 she was contracted by UFA and moved to Berlin.

The nazi's approved of her and her fame grew fast. She starred in "Bel Ami" (1939) and in "Das Wunschkonzert" (1940). She was also in "Münchhausen" (1943) in the part of Isabella d'Este. Her first character part was in "Große Freiheit Nr. 7", but this movie was banned by the nazi's. After the war she wasn't permitted to work for a while (she was suspected of nazi propaganda), but in 1946 was allowed to resume her career.

From 1948 until 1953 she was married to John de Forest. In 1954 she married orchestra leader Josef Niessen and she ended her career. In 1955 she became a German citizen. In 1960 she made a comeback and afterwards acted in theatres and on television. In 1981 she published her autobiography, "So wird's nie wieder sein. Ein Leben mit Pfiff" (She was famous for her whistling).

In December 2004 she donated her personal collection to the filmmuseum in Potsdam. She left no money when she died in 2005 and the city of Potsdam paid for her grave at the Nowawes Cemetery in Potsdam-Babelsberg.

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• cooperated with Albers, Hans

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Ilse Werner.


Ilse Werner.


The grave of Ilse Werner at the Friedhof Nowawes, Potsdam.
Picture by Androom (27 Mar 2007)


Wernicke, Erich Arthur Emanuel

Published: 6 May 2007
Last update: 14 Jun 2015