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01 December 2013

Barbara Frey

German actress Barbara Frey (1941) was as a 16 year old chosen to play the lead opposite Horst Buchholz in the romantic teenage drama Endstation Liebe/Last Stop Love (1958). After her debut she took acting classes and played in more similar films.

Barbara Frey
German postcard by Ufa, Berlin-Tempelhof, no. B.F. 1. Photo: Nora Filmverleih.

Barbara Frey
German postcard by Ufa, Berlin-Tempelhof, no. FK 3943. Retail price: 25 Pfg. Photo: Interwest / Gloria Film / Grimm. Publicity still for Endstation Liebe/Last Stop Love (1958).

Romantic Teenage Dramas


Barbara Frey was born Barbara Freyde in Berlin in 1941.

As a 16 year old she was chosen to play the lead in the romantic teenage drama Endstation Liebe/Last Stop Love (Georg Tressler, 1958) opposite teen idol Horst Buchholz.

After her debut she took acting classes and played in more similar productions like Mit 17 weint man nicht/17 Year Olds Don't Cry (Alfred Vohrer, 1960) with Matthias Fuchs, and in the German episode of Liebe mit zwanzig/L’amour à vingt ans/Love at Twenty (Marcel Ophüls, Francois Truffaut a.o., 1962).

She appeared also in several crime and adventure films, including Mann im Schatten/man in the Shadows (Arthur Maria Rabenalt, 1961) with Helmut Qualtinger and Ellen Schwiers.

Barbara Frey, Horst Buchholz
German postcard by Kolibri-Verlag, Minden/Westf., no. 2826. Retail price: 25 Pfg. Photo: Interwest / Gloria Film / Grimm. Publicity still for Endstation Liebe/Last Stop Love (1958) with Horst Buchholz.

Barbara Frey
German postcard by Kolibri-Verlag, Minden/Westf., no. 113. Retail price: 25 Pfg. Photo: Interwest / Gloria Film / Schlawe. Publicity still for Endstation Liebe/Last Stop Love (1958).

Spaghetti Westerns


During the production of the spaghetti western I Cento cavalieri/100 Horsemen (Vittorio Cottafavi, 1964), Barbara Frey met the American actor Mark Damon.

With Damon she also starred in the interesting spaghetti western Requiescant/Kill and Pray (Carlo Lizzani, 1967), also with Lou Castel and director Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Frey and Damon married in 1971, but the marriage lasted only for two years

During the 1970s, Barbara Frey did not work for the cameras but since the mid 1980s she continued her acting career on German television in films and series.

During the 1990s she appeared in Krimis like SOKO 5113 (1996), Tatort (1998) and Der Letzte Zeuge/The Last Witness (1999), but also in popular comedies like Das Traumschiff/The Dream Boat (1992) and Liebling - Kreuzberg/My Love - Kreuzberg (1997).

IMDb writes that she directed Uncle Wanja for TV in 2004, but there she is mistaken for the Swiss director Barbara Frey (1963).

Barbara Frey
German Postcard by Kolibri-Verlag G.m.b.h., Minden-Westf, no. 1285. Photo: Ultrafilm / Lilo. Publicity card for Mit 17 weint man nicht! (1960).

Barbara Frey
German postcard by WS-Druck, Wanne-Eickel, no. 563. Photo: Lilo / Europa.


Scenes from the Krimi Der Letzte Zeuge/The Last Witness (1999) with Birgit Doll and Barbara Frey. Source: Vivadante (YouTube).

Sources: Wikipedia and IMDb.

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