Inge Meysel (May 30, 1910 in Rixdorf (now Berlin-Neukölln); July 10, 2004 in Seevetal near Hamburg) was a German actress. From the early 1960s until her death, Meysel was one of Germany's most popular actresses. She had a successful stage career and played more than 100 roles in film and on television.
Life and work
Born Ingeborg Charlotte Hansen as the daughter of the Danish mother Anna Hansen and the German Jew Julius Meysel, she attended drama schools in Berlin from 1928 until 1930, thereafter she was on stage in Zwickau, Leipzig and Berlin.
Since the early 1960s Inge Meysel mainly acted in made-for-TV films and got the nickname (Fernseh-) Mutter der Nation ("(Television) Mother of the Nation").
She won numerous German actor awards including a lifetime achievement award from the German Television Awards, but in 1981 she refused to accept the Bundesverdienstkreuz because "Einen Orden dafür, daß man anständig gelebt hat, brauche ich nicht" ("I don't need an order of merit just for having lived decently").
From the mid-1920s until shortly before her death, Meysel was outspoken on many - often controversial - social and political issues. Despite her decidedly leftist and feminist views, this did not harm her popularity as an actress. In 1992, she came out as a bisexual.
In 2004, aged 94, she died of heart failure at her home near Hamburg. She was cremated and her ashes were buried near her second husband the Austrian filmproducer John F. Olden (1918–1965) at Ohlsdorf Main Cemetery, Hamburg.
- Inge Meysel at the Internet Movie Database
- http://sueddeutsche.de/panorama/artikel/39/35004/—German text
- http://www.rp-online.de/news/german/2000-0530/meysel.html—older text from 2000 (German)
- http://www.emma.de/632252258296745.html // interview in German language (1987)
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