Wedekind, Kadidja

WRITER, ACTOR, DIRECTOR (GERMANY)
BORN 6 Aug 1911, München - DIED 1994, München: Schwabing
REAL NAME Wedekind, Epiphanie Kadega Mathilde Franziska
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Waldfriedhof (017-W-88)

Kadidja Wedekind was the second daughter of drama writer Frank Wedekind and actress Tilly Wedekind. Her father died when she was only six years old. She started writing poetry when she was eleven years old and created her own illustrations.

From 1928 to 1933 she studied painting in Dresden and in Berlin. during that time she wrote articles and stories for newspapers and magazines. In 1931 she was engaged as an actress at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin and in 1932/1933 she worked as a cabaret artist. In 1932 her novel "Kalumina - Roman eines Sommer" appeared. It describes a fictional empire that existed at the Starnberger See in Bavaria.

In 1937 she moved to the USA and she never forgave her mother and her sister Pamela that they adapted themselves to the Third Reich. In the USA she worked as a saleswoman and as an actress. In 1942 she married Dr. Ulrich Biel, a lawyer from Berlin who had also emigrated to the USA. They frequently had financial difficulties and eventually they separated. In 1949 she returned to Germany. From 1952 onwards Biel lived with Marion Gräfin Yorck von Wartenburg.

Kadidja's comedy "Eine kleine Staatsaffäre" was staged in 1952 in Saarbrücken and her novel "König Ludwig und sein Hexenmeister" from 1954 was used for a movie.

She lived in Schwabing in Munich. Her plan to write a biography of her father never materialised, but she supporter her mother in her autobiography, "Lulu, die Rolle meines Lebens". She died in 1994 in Schwabing and was buried in the grave of her parents at the Waldfriedhof in Munich.

Family
• Father: Wedekind, Frank
• Mother: Wedekind, Tilly
• Sister: Wedekind, Pamela

Related persons
• worked for Reinhardt, Max

Sources
Kadidja Wedekind – Wikipedia
Wedekind, Kadidja: König Ludwig und sein Hexenmeister
• Scheibmayr, Erich, Wer? Wann? Wo? - Teil 2 -, Weitere Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1997

Images

The grave of Frank, Tilly and Kadidja Wedekind at the Waldfriedhof in Munich.
Picture by Androom (23 Aug 2010)

 


Wedekind, Pamela

Published: 20 Sep 2014
Last update: 21 Nov 2015