Flickenschildt, Elisabeth

BORN 16 Mar 1905, Hamburg: Blankenese - DIED 26 Oct 1977, Stade, Niedersachsen
BIRTH NAME Flickenschildt, Elisabeth Ida Marie
CAUSE OF DEATH consequences of car accident
GRAVE LOCATION Bernau am Chiemsee, Bayern: Friedhof Hittenkirchen, Hittenkirchen

Elisabeth Flickenschildt was born in Hamburg-Blankenese as the daughter of captain Heinrich Flickenschildt. She was educated for the fashgion business but against her father's wishes she ended her education to visit the acting school in Hamburg. Robert Nhil was one of her teachers.

In 1931 she made her stage debut and in 1933 she was employed by Otto Falckenberg at the Kammerspiele in Munich. There she worked for three years. She was a lesbian, but in 1936 she married Ralf Badenhausen. In 1937 she moved to Berlin where she joined the Deutschen Theater and the Staatstheater in Berlin. In 1941 she bought a farm at Hittenkirchen in Bernau am Chiemsee, Bavaria. She worked in Berlin under Gustaf Grüindgens from 1941 onwards. In 1944 she divorced Badenhausen formally but they stayed together. She had joined the NSDAP in 1932 and in 1944 she was on Hitler's list of irreplacable actors. Between 1937 and 1943 she appeared in several well known movies.

After the war she was imprisoned for a short time because she was suspected of false answers to questions regaring her denazification. She lived on her farm "Maria Rast". In 1946 she appeared on the stage in Tübingen and Gründgens asked for her services again in 1947. She joined him in Düsseldorf and in 1955 "Flicki", as he called her, followed Gründgens to Hamburg. There she appeared as Marthe Schwerdtlein in "Faust" with Gründgens playing Mephisto once again.

After Gründgens resigned in Hamburg and died shortly afterwards in 1963, she held no further permanent engagements. She appeared in guest performances, on tours, in television productions and in second rate movies. In 1967 she received a Bambi and in 1975 she was awarded the Große Bundesverdienstkreuz. In 1971 she published an autobiography, "Kind mit roten Haaren - Ein Leben wie ein Traum". She was seriously wounder in a car accident with her white Mercedes on 12 October, but she continued to act despite the pain. Rolf Badenhausen came to stay with her on the farm in Guderhandviertel in Stade, Lower Saxony that she had bought in 1976. There she suffered a heart attack and she died in his arms on 26 October 1977.

• Husband: Badenhausen, Rolf (1936-1944, Berlin) (divorce or separation)

Related persons
• cooperated with Falckenberg, Otto
• cooperated with Gründgens, Gustaf
• was pupil to Nhil, Robert


The grave of Elisabeth Flickenschildt at the cemetery of Hittenkirchen near the Chiemsee, Bavaria.
Picture by Androom (17 Aug 2012)


Elisabeth Flickenschildt

Flöge, Emily

Published: 16 Sep 2012
Last update: 12 Mar 2022