German actresses who died due to Cancer

Here are 13 famous actresses from Germany died in Cancer:


Vera-Ellen (February 16, 1921 Norwood-August 30, 1981 Los Angeles) a.k.a. Vera-Ellen Westmeyer Rohe, Vera Ellen, Bunny or Vera Ellen Westmeier Rohe was a German actor and dancer. Her child is called Victoria Ellen Rothschild.

Vera-Ellen started her career as a dancer on Broadway in the 1930s and went on to become a successful film actress and dancer in the 1940s and 1950s. She is best known for her roles in musical films such as "On the Town," "White Christmas," and "Damn Yankees." Vera-Ellen was known for her incredible dance skills and her ability to perform complex dance numbers with ease. She was also known for her petite frame, standing at only 5'4". Vera-Ellen retired from the entertainment industry in 1957 at the age of 36, but her legacy as an actress and dancer continues to inspire many today. She passed away in 1981 at the age of 60 from cancer.

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Eva Renzi

Eva Renzi (November 3, 1944 Berlin-August 16, 2005 Berlin) a.k.a. Evelyn Renziehausen, Evi Renzi or D' Eva Renzi was a German actor. She had one child, Anouschka Renzi.

Renzi began her acting career in the mid-1960s, appearing in various German films and television shows. She gained international recognition for her role in the acclaimed 1966 film "Funeral in Berlin," opposite Michael Caine. Renzi also appeared in other notable films such as "Topaz," directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and "Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street," directed by Samuel Fuller. In addition to her acting career, Renzi was also a singer and released several singles in the 1960s. She passed away in 2005 at the age of 60 after a long battle with cancer.

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Lilli Palmer

Lilli Palmer (May 24, 1914 Poznań-January 27, 1986 Los Angeles) also known as Lillie Marie Peiser, Lilli Marie Peiser, Hermann Lissmann, Lily Palmer, Lillie Marie Periser or Lilli Peiser was a German actor, screenwriter, singer, painter and author. She had one child, Carey Harrison.

Palmer began her career on stage in Berlin in the 1930s, but fled Germany in 1933 due to the rise of the Nazi Party. She then acted in British and Hollywood films, including "The Four Poster" and "The Boys from Brazil". Palmer also wrote screenplays and several novels, including "The Red Raven" and "The Theatre" which drew on her experiences as an actress. She was married to actor Rex Harrison from 1943 until 1957. After their divorce, she married Carlos Thompson and they remained together until her death in 1986 from cancer. Palmer is remembered as a talented and versatile performer who excelled in a variety of creative fields.

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Grete Mosheim

Grete Mosheim (January 8, 1905 Berlin-December 29, 1986 New York City) a.k.a. Margaret "Grete" Mosheim, Grete Mohsheim, Margaret Mosheim, Margarete Emma Dorothea "Grete" Mosheim or Margarete Emma Dorothea Mosheim was a German actor.

She began her acting career on stage before transitioning to film in the 1920s. Mosheim appeared in over 50 films, including the silent film version of "The Three Penny Opera" in which she portrayed the character Polly Peachum. She was known for her portrayals of strong-willed and independent women on screen. Mosheim was forced to flee Germany in 1933 due to her Jewish heritage and settled in Britain where she continued to act in films and on stage. She eventually emigrated to the United States where she continued her acting career and also worked as a drama teacher. Mosheim passed away in New York City at the age of 81.

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Dana Vávrová

Dana Vávrová (August 9, 1967 Prague-February 5, 2009 Munich) a.k.a. Danuse Vávrová or Dana Vavrova was a German actor, screenwriter, film director and film producer. She had three children, Theresa Vilsmaier, Josefina Vilsmaier and Janina Vilsmaier.

Dana Vávrová began her acting career at a young age, appearing in several films and TV shows in the 1980s. She gained recognition for her role as Anita in the 1985 film "Comeback" and continued to act in various productions throughout her career. Vávrová was also involved in writing and directing films, including "Ping Pong" and "Hausmädchen".

In addition to her work in film, Vávrová was also known for her philanthropic efforts. She was a strong advocate for animal rights and often worked with organizations to help protect animals.

Sadly, Vávrová passed away at the age of 41 after a battle with cancer. Her legacy in the film industry and her dedication to humanitarian causes continue to be remembered and celebrated by fans and colleagues alike.

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Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch (July 27, 1940 Solingen-June 30, 2009 Wuppertal) also known as Josephine Bausch, Philippine Bausch, Philippina "Pina" Bausch or Philippina Bausch was a German choreographer, dancer, theatre director, actor, film director and screenwriter. She had one child, Salomon Bausch.

Pina Bausch is widely known for revolutionizing modern dance and is considered one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century. She founded the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a dance theater company, in 1973 and remained its artistic director until her death in 2009.

Known for her unique style of expressionistic, visually stunning, and emotionally charged performances, Pina Bausch received numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including the Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy in 2007, and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2007 Venice Biennale.

Her work has been featured in films such as Wim Wenders' "Pina," which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2012, and in numerous international dance festivals.

Pina Bausch's legacy lives on through the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, which continues to perform her works around the world, and through the countless dancers and choreographers who have been inspired by her groundbreaking contributions to the world of dance.

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Lissy Arna

Lissy Arna (December 20, 1900 Berlin-January 22, 1964 Berlin) otherwise known as Elisabeth Arndt, Lissi Arna or Lissy Arndt was a German actor.

She began her acting career in the early 1920s in silent films and became a popular actress in the 1930s, starring in films such as "The White Hell of Pitz Palu" and "The Congress Dances". Arna was also a talented singer and appeared in several musical films throughout her career. Despite her success, Arna's career was cut short when she was blacklisted by the Nazi regime in the late 1930s due to her Jewish heritage. After the war, Arna returned to acting and appeared in several post-war films. She was also involved in theater and radio productions. Arna died in Berlin in 1964 at the age of 63.

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Natasha Lytess

Natasha Lytess (November 27, 2014 Berlin-November 27, 1964) otherwise known as Tala Forman, Natasha Lytesse or Natalie Postmann was a German acting coach and actor.

She was born to a Jewish family in Berlin and later immigrated to the United States. She became best known as Marilyn Monroe's acting coach and for her romantic relationship with her. Lytess coached Monroe during her early years in Hollywood and was said to have had a significant influence on her performances. However, their relationship deteriorated after Lytess became too controlling and possessive of Monroe. Later in her career, Lytess continued to work with other actors and also appeared in minor film roles. She died in Los Angeles at the age of 69.

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Helen Vita

Helen Vita (August 7, 1928 Hohenschwangau-February 16, 2001 Berlin) otherwise known as Helene Elisabeth Reichel, Helene Vita, Helen Vita Elizabeth Reichel or Helen Vita Elizabeth Reichel Baumgartner was a German actor, singer and comedian.

Over her long career, Helen Vita became a well-known figure in the German entertainment industry, thanks to her immense talent and versatility. She began performing at a young age and acted in various stage productions before transitioning to film and television. Some of her most notable acting credits include the films The Threepenny Opera (1963), The Swissmakers (1978) and The Captain (1991), and the television series Familie Heinz Becker (1992-1999).

In addition to her work as an actor, Helen Vita was also an accomplished singer and cabaret artist. She recorded numerous albums throughout her career, with her most famous work being a rendition of the song "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt" (I am completely set on love), which was featured in the classic film Cabaret (1972) starring Liza Minnelli. Her live performances were also celebrated for their wit, energy, and provocative themes.

Despite her success, Helen Vita also faced numerous challenges in her personal life, including financial difficulties and struggles with alcoholism. Nevertheless, she remained a beloved figure in German popular culture, and her contributions to the entertainment industry continue to be remembered and celebrated to this day.

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Sabine Sinjen

Sabine Sinjen (August 18, 1942 Itzehoe-May 18, 1995 Berlin) was a German actor.

She began her acting career in 1959 in the film "Die Brücke" (The Bridge) directed by Bernhard Wicki. The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Sinjen went on to appear in numerous German films and TV shows throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including "Der Maulkorb" (The Muzzle), "Das Kriminalmuseum" (The Criminal Museum), and "Derrick."

Sinjen was considered one of the most talented actors of her generation, with a natural and effortless acting style. She also had a successful career as a voice actor, dubbing foreign films into German. Sinjen died at the age of 53 from lung cancer in Berlin, leaving behind a legacy as one of Germany's most beloved actors.

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Brigitte Horney

Brigitte Horney (March 29, 1911 Berlin-July 27, 1988 Hamburg) a.k.a. Biggy or Brigitte HorneyLMF was a German actor and voice actor.

She made her debut on stage in 1929, and went on to become a leading actress in German theater and film in the 1930s and 1940s. Horney was known for her versatility as an actress, and played a range of characters from femme fatales to mothers and grandmothers.

She appeared in more than 50 films throughout her career, including the classic German films "Stürme der Leidenschaft" and "Münchhausen". Horney also worked as a voice actor, lending her voice to the German dubs of Hollywood films such as "Gone with the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz".

During World War II, Horney served as an interpreter for the German army, and was briefly imprisoned by the French after the war. She continued to act in both stage and screen productions after the war, and was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 1972 for her contributions to German culture.

Horney was married twice, and had one daughter. She passed away in Hamburg in 1988 at the age of 77.

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Rosel Zech

Rosel Zech (July 7, 1940 Berlin-August 31, 2011 Berlin) also known as Rosalie Helga Lina Zech or Roselie Helga Lina Zech was a German actor.

She began her acting career in the 1960s and became well-known for her portrayal of Irmgard Bock in the 1981 film "Veronika Voss," directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Zech appeared in several other Fassbinder films, including "Berlin Alexanderplatz" and "Lola." She also worked with other notable directors such as Volker Schlöndorff and Werner Herzog. Zech was praised for her emotional intensity and ability to transform into her characters, and she won several awards for her performances throughout her career. In addition to her work in film, Zech also appeared in theater productions in Germany and Austria. She died in 2011 at the age of 71.

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Elga Andersen

Elga Andersen (February 2, 1935 Dortmund-December 7, 1994 New York City) a.k.a. Elga Andersen-Gimbel, Elga Anderson, Helga Anderson, Elga Hymen or Helga Hymen was a German actor, film producer, singer and model.

She began her career as a model and appeared on the cover of several popular magazines. She then transitioned into acting and starred in many films, including Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" and Jean-Luc Godard's "Masculin Féminin". In addition to acting, she also had a successful career as a singer, releasing several albums throughout Europe. Andersen was also a film producer and produced "The Big Handicap" in 1974. Despite her successful career in Europe, she struggled to make a name for herself in Hollywood and moved to New York City in the 1970s to continue her work in the arts. Sadly, she passed away from cancer in 1994 at the age of 59.

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