12 May 2013

Ingrid Ernest

Beautiful Ingrid Ernest (1933 - 1975) was a German stage actress who appeared incidentally in films and on TV. She was married to Arno Hanke, the managing director of the Ufa.

Ingrid Ernest
German postcard by Ufa, Berlin-Tempelhof, no. CK 152. Retail price: 30 Pfg. Photo: Ufa.

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Ingrid Ernest (sometimes written as Ernst) was born as Ingrid Isolde Friedegard Schultze in Leipzig, Germany, in 1933. She was a sister of film actress Jeanette Schultze. Ingrid went to the theatre academy in Berlin. Afterwards she acted on the stages of the German provinces. From 1954 on she was a television host in Köln (Cologne), especially for Eurovision broadcasts. She made her first film appearance in 1958 in the Ufa family comedy Ist Mama nicht fabelhaft?/Isn't Mama Fabulous? (1958, Peter Beauvais) with Luise Ullrich. In the same year, she married Arno Hanke, the managing director of the Ufa, then the biggest film company in Germany. After her marriage she semi-retired, because she didn’t want to misuse the position of her husband. For another company, Roxy-Film, she played the title role in Ingeborg (1960, Wolfgang Liebeneiner) opposite Dietmar Schönherr and Walter Giller. The romantic comedy was based on the comedy of the same name by scripter Curt Goetz. It was to be her last film.

Ingrid Ernest
German postcard by Ufa, Berlin-Tempelhof, no. CK-223. Retail price: 30 Pfg. Photo: Joe Niczky / Ufa.

Ingrid Ernest
Belgian collector's card, no. 60.

In the 1960’s, Ingrid Ernest worked mainly on stage for the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf and appeared incidentally on television. The TV film Vor Sonnenuntergang/Before Sundown (1962, Karl-Heinz Stroux) was based on a play by Gerhart Hauptmann. It performed by the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, also with Ernst Deutsch and Gerda Maurus, the legendary star of Fritz Lang’s silent classics Spione/Spies (1928) and Frau im Mond/Woman in the Moon (1929). Next Ingrid Ernst played the female leading role in the second season of a Krimi mini-series about a London detective, Tim Frazer - Der Fall Salinger/Tim Frazer - The Salinger Affair (1964, Hans Quest), based on a mystery novel by Francis Durbridge and starring Max Eckard. The following year she caused a car accident and had to go to jail for two weeks. Ingrid Ernest’s last TV appearance was in another registration of a play performed by the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, Das Käthchen von Heilbronn (1968), based on the famous play by Heinrich von Kleist. Ingrid Ernest died in 1975, only 42 years old.

Ingrid Ernest
Dutch postcard by Gebr. Spanjersberg N.V., Rotterdam (Dutch licency holder for Universum-Film Aktiengesellschaft, Berlin-Tempelhof), no. 4169. Photo: Betzler / Ufa.

Ingrid Ernest
German postcard by Ufa, Berlin-Tempelhof, no. 4130. Retail price: 25 Pfg. Photo: Weise / Ufa.

Sources: collector’s card, Filmportal.de, and IMDb.

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