11 December 2011

Elisabeth Müller

Swiss actress Elisabeth Müller (1926 - 2006) was a popular star of the German Cinema in the 1950’s.

Elisabeth Müller
German postcard by WS-Druck, Wanne-Eickel, no. F 41. Photo: Klaus Collignon.

Elisabeth Müller
German postcard by WS-Druck, Wanne-Eickel, no. F 114. Photo: Klaus Collignon.

Elisabeth Müller was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1926. She studied acting with her aunt, stage actress Ellen Widmann, and between 1944 and 1946 she followed classes at the Schauspielschule Zürich. The next years she worked in many Swiss and German theatre companies. As Lisabet Müller she made her film debut in Paragraph 51 – Seelenarzt Dr. Laduner/Laragraph 51 - Headshrinker Dr. Laduner (1947, Leopold Lindtberg). Another popular Swiss film with her was Matto regiert/Madness Rules (1947, Leopold Lindtberg). In Germany she played in the comedy Der Tag vor der Hochzeit/The Day before the Wedding (1952, Rolf Thiele) opposite Joachim Brennecke. Her first big hit, the sentimental romance Moselfahrt aus Liebeskummer/Journey on The Mosel Out of Love’s Misery (1953, Kurt Hoffmann) with Will Quadflieg, made her a darling of the cinema public in the 1950’s. Next she worked twice with the legendary director G.W. Pabst for the crime drama Das Bekenntnis der Ina Kahr/Afraid to Love (1954, Georg Wilhelm Pabst) with Curd Jürgens, and the drama Rosen für Bettina/Ballerina (1956, Georg Wilhelm Pabst) opposite Willy Birgel.

Elisabeth Müller
German postcard by Universum-Film Aktiengesellschaft, Berlin-Tempelhof, no. FK 3488. Retail price: 25 Pfg. Photo: Maack/Arca-NF-Film.

Elisabeth Müller
German postcard by Universum-Film Aktiengesellschaft, Berlin-Tempelhof, no. FK 3489. Retail price: 25 Pfg. Photo: Arthur Grimm/Arca-NF-Film.

Elisabeth Müller
German postcard by Kunst und Bild, Berlin, no. A 1218. Photo: NF/Lilo/Ariston GmbH. Publicity still for Morgengrauen/Dawn (1954, Viktor Tourjansky).

Her popularity brought Elisabeth Müller to Hollywood where she appeared in The Power and the Prize (1956, Henry Koster), costarring with Robert Taylor, and the war drama The Angry Hills (1957-1959, Robert Aldrich) with Robert Mitchum and based on a novel by Leon Uris. She returned to Europe where she appeared in such films as Taxichauffeur Bänz/Taxi Driver Bänz (1957, Werner Düggelin, Hermann Haller) with Maximilian Schell in one of his first roles, and El Hakim (1957, Rolf Thiele) with O.W. Fischer. Her biggest TV success was the mini-series Am grünen Strand der Spree/At the Green Beach of the River Spree (1960, Fritz Umgelter) with Peter Pasetti, based on a novel by Hans Scholz. Since the early 1960’s she worked mainly in the theatre, but in the 1960’s and in the 1980’s she also occasionally was seen in TV films like Ottiliens Tollheiten/Ottilien's Follies (1964, Ludwig Berger) and Die Tote im Schlosspark/The Body in Schlosspark (1984, Jürgen Goslar). She was married to director and director of photography Kurt Grigoleit. At the age of 80, Elisabeth Müller passed away in 2006 in Sempach, Switzerland.

Elisabeth Müller
Belgian postcard by Cox, no. 12.

Sources: Wikipedia (German) and IMDb.


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