BORN 30 May 1910, Berlin-Neukölln: Rixdorf - DIED 10 Jul 2004, Sevetal-Bullenhausen, Niedersachsen (near Hamburg)|
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Ohlsdorfer Friedhof, Fühlsbüttler Strasse 756 (P8 (231-232) (ashes))
Inge Meysel was the daughter of the Jewish tabacco merchant Julus Meysel and a Danish mother. She debuted at the theatre when she was twenty and she worked in Zwickau, Berlin and Leipzig.
During the nazi area she wasn't allowed to work for twelve years, but in 1945 she relaunched her career at the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg. From 1949 onwards she played in movies, like "Roses for the Prosecuter" (1958). Her marraige to Helmut Rudolph ended with a divorce and in 1956 she married director John Olden, who was eight years younger, but died in 1965.
Her part in "Das Fenster zum Flur" (1960) earned her the title of 'Mother of the Nation' (The part was originally meant for Grethe Weiser). In German television she was in "Die Unverbesserlichen" from 1965 until 1971. She was always politically engaged and in old age supported the left wing PDS party. She continued her acting work almost until her death in 2004. Her ashes were interred in the grave of John Olden.