Wachowiak, Jutta


Jutta Wachowiak was born in Berlin on December 13, 1940. From 1961 to 1963, she studied performing arts at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen “Konrad Wolf”  in Potsdam-Babelsberg (now Film University Potsdam). Wachowiak made her theater debut at the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam in 1963, then she performed at the State Theater in Karl-Marx-Stadt (today Chemnitz), where she proved herself to be an exceptionally versatile theater actress. In 1970, the director Wolfgang Heinz brought her to the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, where she stayed until 2005. She joined the Schauspiel Theater in Essen in 2006, and performed at the Schauspielhaus Bochum from 2010 to 2014.


Parallel to her studies and throughout her theater career, Wachowiak has worked in film and television. Her first screen appearance was in Ralf Kirsten’s popular romantic comedy, Auf der Sonnenseite, in which she played a fellow acting student with the protagonist Martin Hoff (Manfred Krug). It was in 1968 when she played her first leading role, this time as Babka in the television adaptation of Arnold Zweig’s novel Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa. Nevertheless, her breakthrough came with two television productions by theater director Thomas Langhoff: Die Forelle, premiering in 1976; and Befragung – Anna O, in 1977. The actress and the director began an intense collaboration that continued through 1982, and Langhoff cast Wachowiak in all five of his TV productions from 1978 to 1982. In the 1980s, Wachowiak also began her work with director Roland Gräf, and she landed several of her major film roles with him, including in the award-winning film Fallada – Letztes Kapitel.


Wachowiak starred in many major productions. Her work ranged from literary adaptations, like Stine, to artist biographies, such as Käthe Kollwitz – Bilder eines Lebens, to controversial contemporary subjects about everyday life in the GDR in Einzug ins Paradies. She earned international acclaim for her performance as a resistance fighter, who is sentenced to ten years in prison during the Nazi era, in Günter Reisch’s and Günther Rücker’s Die Verlobte. This film won numerous international awards, including Best Female Actor for Wachowiak, as well as the Crystal Globe at the 1980 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.


After unification, Wachowiak took on ambitious film roles, including parts in Margarethe von Trotta’s Jahrestage, based on a novel by Uwe Johnson, and also in Trotta’s internationally awarded film Rosenstrasse. She also played East German author Brigitte Reimann’s mother in Hunger auf Leben by Markus Imboden.

Festivals & Awards:

1982 Best Actress, GDR National Feature Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt for Die Verlobte
1980 National Prize, Class 1, for Die Verlobte


2014 Rockabilly Reqiuem
2013 Nach all den Jahren
(After All These Years, TV)
2011 Bella Block (TV)
2011 Nach elf Jahren
(After Eleven Years, TV)
2009 Wohin mit Vater?
(Where to Put Dad?)
2004 Hunger auf Leben
(Hungry for Life, TV)
2003 Rosenstraße (Rose Street)
2001 Das Staatsgeheimnis
(The State Secret, TV)
2001 Zutaten für Träume (Ingredients for Dreams)
1999 Jahrestage (Anniversaries,
TV mini-series)
1995 Der Trinker (The Drunkard, TV)
1988 Fallada – Letztes Kapitel (Fallada: The Last Chapter)
1986 Jorinde und Joringel (Jorinde and Joringel)
1986 Käthe Kollwitz – Bilder eines Lebens (Käthe Kollwitz: Images of a Life)
1986 So viele Träume (So Many Dreams)
1986 Das Haus am Fluß (The House on the River)
1983 Verzeihung, sehen Sie Fußball­? (Excuse Me, Are You Watching Soccer?)
1983 Einzug ins Paradies (Entering Paradise,TV mini-series)
1982 Märkische Forschungen (Exploring the Mark Brandenburg)
1980 Die Verlobte (The Fiancée)
1980 Der Spiegel des großen Magus (Great Magus’s Mirror)
1980 Guten Morgen, du Schöne: Rosi (Good Morning, Beautiful: Rosi, TV)
1979 Glück im Hinterhaus (Rear House Bliss)
1979 Stine (TV)
1978 Sabine Wulff
1978 P.S.
1977 Befragung – Anna O. (Interrogation: Anna O., TV)
1975 Bankett für Achilles (Banquet for Achilles)
1975 Blumen für den Mann im Mond (Flowers for the Man in the Moon)
1973 ...verdammt, ich bin erwachsen (Damn It, I'm Grown Up)
1971 KLK an PTX – Die Rote Kapelle (KLK to PTX: The Red Orchestra)
1969 Seine Hoheit, Genosse Prinz (His Excellency, Comrade Prince)
1968 Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa (The Case of Sergeant Grischa, TV)
1965 König Drosselbart (King Throstlebeard)
1964 Mir nach Canaillen! (Follow Me, Rascals!)
1962 Die Glatzkopfbande (The Baldheaded Gang)
1962 Ach, du fröhliche... (A Lively Christmas Eve)
1962 Auf der Sonnenseite (On the Sunny Side)

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