Lissy Tempelhof_Fräulein Schmetterling (c) DEFA-Stiftung
Lissy Tempelhof was born in Berlin in 1929, where she experienced WWII as a teenager. To earn her living after the war, she worked as a Trümmerfrau clearing rubble and, later, as a streetcar conductor and secretary. After performing with amateur theater groups and cabarets in her free time, she was hired as an actress at the Theater Anklam.
Tempelhof studied acting at the Ernst Busch Schauspielschule in Berlin from 1950 to 1953. Engagements at prestigious theaters followed, including at the Staatstheater Dresden and the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. In 1963, she moved to the Deutsches Theater Berlin, where she was a member of the ensemble for more than 35 years, working with such renowned directors as Adolf Dresen, Friedo Soler and Benno Besson.
Parallel to her work in theater, Tempelhof played in many film and television productions from the early 1950s on. Her first leading role was as the physician Inge Ruoff, a member of the Nazi party who sides with a prominent Jewish doctor, in Konrad Wolf’s drama Professor Mamlock. She also appeared in Kurt Barthel’s Fräulein Schmetterling and Heiner Carow’s WWII movie, Die Russen kommen, both which were banned in the GDR.Tempelhof was awarded the Jury and Audience Award at the East German National Film Festival in 1980 for her performance as the brigade leader Maria Boltzin in Iris Gusner’s Alle meine Mädchen.
Since the 1990s, Tempelhof continued to act in television productions and series, including Der Landarzt and Für alle Fälle Stefanie. She was also known as a chasonnière and sang the title song in Sonnensucher (1958, dir. Konrad Wolf) and released several records, including Nie bist du ohne Nebendir (You Are Never without Beside You, 1973), based on lyrics by Joachim Ringelnatz, and Begeistert von Berlin (Thrilled by Berlin, 1972). Since the 1990s, she continued to act in television productions and series, including Der Landarzt and Für alle Fälle Stefanie.
Lissy Tempelhof, who was married to actor Dietrich Körner, died in 2017.
Festivals & Awards:
|1980||Art Prize of the Free German Trade Union Federation for Alle meine Mädchen|
|1980||Best Actress, GDR National Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt, for Alle meine Mädchen|
|2013||Die Kronzeugin – Mord in den Bergen (The Principal Witness - Murderer in the Mountains, TV)|
|2012||Die letzte Spur (The Last Trace, TV series)|
|2011||Die Eiskönigin (The Ice Queen, TV)|
|2011||Herzdamen 2 (Queens of Hearts 2, TV)|
|2008||Hallo Robbie! (Hi Robby!, TV)|
|2003||Der Bernsteinfischer (The Amber Fisher, TV)|
|2000-03||Der Landarzt (The Country Doctor, TV series)|
|2000||Jenseits der Liebe (Beyond Love, TV)|
|1999||Sturmzeit (Riding the Storm, TV series)|
|1998-2000||Für alle Fälle Stefanie (In All Cases Stefanie, TV series)|
|1994||Weiß wie Schnee, Rot wie Blut (White as Snow, Red as Blood, TV)|
|1990||Die Sprungdeckeluhr (The Hunter Watch)|
|1983||Erscheinen Pflicht (Your Presence is Imperative)|
|1981||Wäre die Erde nicht rund (Were the Earth Not Round)|
|1979||Alle meine Mädchen (All My Girls)|
|1976-85||Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call 110, TV series)|
|1972||Bettina von Arnim (TV)|
|1972||Leichensache Zernik (Murder Case Zernik)|
|1970||Effi Briest (TV)|
|1969||Nebelnacht (The Foggy Night)|
|1968/87||Die Russen kommen (The Russians Are Coming)|
|1965-66/2020||Fräulein Schmetterling (Miss Butterfly)|
|1965||Die besten Jahre (The Best Years)|
|1964||Sommer in Heidekau (Summer in Heidekau, TV)|