BORN 24 Mar 1893, Hamburg - DIED 8 Jun 1973, München|
REAL NAME Sonnemann, Emma Johanna Henny
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Waldfriedhof (459-I-322)
Emma Sonneman was the daughter of a salesman from Hamburg who
owned a chocolate factory. She debuted as an actress in 1910
at the Staatstheater in Hamburg. In 1916 she married the actor
Karl Köstlin. She was succesful at the Nationaltheater in Weimar
and in 1934 she appeared with Gustaf Gründgens at the Kammerspiele
in München. She became Prussian Actress of State during that
She divorced her husband in 1926 and married the prominent nazi Hermann Göring in 1935. They married at the Berlin Cathedral and Adolf Hitler was best man. After this marriage she abandoned her acting career. In 1938 she and Göring had a daughter, Edda, who wasn't named after Mussolini's daughter Edda but after a friend of Emmy.
Allthough she hadn't been involved in politics, after the war she was sentended to one year of imprisonment because she was considered to be a nazi. After she was released she wasn't allowed to act for five years. For the rest of her life she lived with Edda in a small appartment in Munich. She wrote an autobiography, "An der Seite meines Mannes" (1967), translated as "My Life with Goering" (1972).
cooperated with Gründgens, Gustaf
Scheibmayr, Erich, Wer? Wann? Wo?, Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1989
Emmy GÃ¶ring - Wikipedia