On 2 February this year, the German actress Barbara Sukowa celebrates her sixty-fifth birthday. Sukowa began her career in the theater, working with directors such as Luc Bondy and Peter Zadek. She met Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1976, when she was cast in his theater production WOMEN IN NEW YORK, based on Clare Booth Luce’s THE WOMEN. Staged at Hamburg’s Deutsches Schauspielhaus, the play proved so successful that it was subsequently adapted for television. Sukowa went on to play the role of Mieze in BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ and the title role in LOLA – one of her greatest successes. During the 1990s, she became an internationally sought-after actress, breathing life into often brittle characters for renowned directors such as Volker Schlöndorff, David Cronenberg, Margarethe von Trotta and Lars von Trier. She has also developed a parallel career as a singer, receiving acclaim, for example, as an interpreter of the works of Arnold Schönberg. She continues to be offered numerous roles and can currently be seen in the American TV series 12 MONKEYS. The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation warmly congratulates Barbara Sukowa on her birthday.
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Photo left: LOLA, © RWFF
Photo right: BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ, © RWFF