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Christine Maria Kaufmann (11 January 1945 – 28 March 2017) was a German-Austrian[1] actress, author, and businesswoman. The daughter of a German father and a French mother, she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
Actress
for Town Without Pity
Town Without Pity
in 1961, the first German to be so honoured.

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1 Life and career 2 Personal life 3 Selected filmography 4 References 5 External links

Life and career[edit] Kaufmann was born in Lengdorf, Styria, Austria, then part of Nazi Germany. Her mother, Geneviève Kaufmann (née Gavaert), was a French make-up artist; her father, Johannes Kaufmann, was a German Luftwaffe officer and engineer.[2] Christine Kaufmann
Christine Kaufmann
also had Circassian ancestry.[3] Growing up in Munich, Bavaria, Kaufmann became a ballerina at the Munich
Munich
Opera. She began her film career at the age of seven in The White Horse Inn (1952) and appeared as a lead actress in Der Schweigende Engel the same year, but gained big attention with Rose-Girl Resli
Rose-Girl Resli
in 1954. She achived international recognition when she starred with Steve Reeves
Steve Reeves
in The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) and with Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
in Town Without Pity
Town Without Pity
(1961). The following year she appeared in Escape from East Berlin
Escape from East Berlin
(1962). Kaufmannn resumed her career, which she had interrupted during her marriage, after her divorce with Tony Curtis, notably with supporting roles in the Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
films Lili Marleen and Lola. She often worked with German director Helmut Dietl, for example in the satirical television series Monaco Franze – Der ewige Stenz. In 1987, she played a glamerous tattoo artist in the cult classic Bagdad Cafe, an offbeat comedy set in a desolate truck stop cafe and motel in the Mojave Desert. Her last role was Aunt Polly in the American film Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014), co-starring Jake T. Austin and Val Kilmer. Kaufmann was in her later years also a successful businesswoman, promoting her own cosmetics products line that sold well in Germany. From her 40s until her death, the media often called Kaufmann the "most beautiful grandmother in Germany".[4][5][6] She wrote several books about beauty and health, as well as two autobiographies. Personal life[edit] At age 18 in 1963, Kaufmann married Tony Curtis, whom she had met during the filming of Taras Bulba (also 1962). They had two daughters, Alexandra (born 19 July 1964) and Allegra (born 11 July 1966). The couple divorced in 1968. Kaufmann married three more times: television director Achim Lenz (1974–76), musician and actor Reno Eckstein (1979-1982) and illustrator Klaus Zey (1997-2011).[7] On German television, Kaufmann admitted to having an affair with Warren Beatty.[8][9] Kaufmann enjoyed travelling. She moved from one place to another frequently—a pattern that she believed she had inherited from her Circassian forefathers.[3] She spoke three languages: German, English, and French. Kaufmann died on 28 March 2017 in Munich
Munich
from with leukaemia at the age of 72. She was only diagnosed with leukemia a few days before her death.[10][11] Selected filmography[edit]

The White Horse Inn (1952) Salto Mortale (1953) The Monastery's Hunter (1953) Rose-Girl Resli
Rose-Girl Resli
(1954) When the Alpine Roses Bloom
When the Alpine Roses Bloom
(1955) The Winemaker of Langenlois
The Winemaker of Langenlois
(1957) Mädchen in Uniform (1958) First Love (1959) The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) Toto, Fabrizi and the Young People Today
Toto, Fabrizi and the Young People Today
(1960) Labbra rosse (1960) The Last Pedestrian
The Last Pedestrian
(1960) Town Without Pity
Town Without Pity
(1961) Via Mala (1961) A Man Named Rocca
A Man Named Rocca
(1961) Constantine and the Cross
Constantine and the Cross
(1961) The Phony American (1961) Escape from East Berlin
Escape from East Berlin
(1962) Terror After Midnight (1962) Taras Bulba (1962) Swordsman of Siena
Swordsman of Siena
(1962) Wild and Wonderful (1964) Love Birds (de) (1969) Das Bastardzeichen (1970, TV film) Wie ein Blitz (de) (1970, TV miniseries) Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971) Der Kommissar: Traum eines Wahnsinnigen (1972, TV) Der Tod der Maria Malibran (fr) (1972) Willow Springs (fr) (1973) World on a Wire
World on a Wire
(1973, TV film) Zum Abschied Chrysanthemen (1974) Auf Biegen oder Brechen (1976) Derrick – Season 4, Episode 02: "Hals in der Schlinge" (1977, TV) Red Rings of Fear
Red Rings of Fear
(1978) Der ganz normale Wahnsinn (1979, TV series) Egon Schiele – Exzess und Bestrafung (1980) Day of the Idiots
Day of the Idiots
(1981) Lili Marleen (1981) Lola (1981) Monaco Franze – Der ewige Stenz (1982, TV series) The Roaring Fifties (1983) Bagdad Café
Bagdad Café
(1988) Hard to Be a God (1989) Wenn das die Nachbarn wüßten (1990, TV series) Im Namen des Gesetzes: Dunkle Ahnung (2008, TV) Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014)

References[edit]

^ „ Christine Kaufmann
Christine Kaufmann
über die Entführung ihrer Töchter in T-online (Retrieved at 28. March 2017) ^ "Das Doppelleben der Christine Kaufmann" [The double life of Christine Kaufmann]. RP Online (in German). Frankfurt am Main. 2005. Retrieved 11 July 2015.  ^ a b Hinkofer, Christine (2014). "Christine Kaufmann: Die Lust und Last zu reisen" (Interview). Interview with Christine Kaufmann. Munich. Retrieved 11 July 2015.  ^ Kaufmann, Christine (2012). "Der Sex-Appeal der schönsten Großmutter Deutschlands". ChristineKaufmann. Retrieved 11 July 2015.  ^ Kraft, Katja (2015). " Christine Kaufmann
Christine Kaufmann
– Deutschlands schönste Oma wird 70" [ Christine Kaufmann
Christine Kaufmann
– Germany's most beautiful grandmother turns 70]. Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 11 July 2015.  ^ "Deutschlands berühmte Großmütter" [Germany's famous grandmothers]. Die Welt (in German). Berlin. 11 June 2006. Retrieved 11 July 2015.  ^ http://www.cosmopolis.ch/english/film/christine_kaufmann_e020000.htm ^ Lafer! Lichter! Lecker! ZDF, November 1, 2014. ^ von Mutius, Franziska (2014). " Christine Kaufmann
Christine Kaufmann
schreibt Hollywood-Affären" [ Christine Kaufmann
Christine Kaufmann
writes Hollywood affairs]. Bild (in German). Berlin. Retrieved 11 July 2015.  ^ http://beta.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-christine-kaufmann-20170328-story.html ^ https://www.tz.de/stars/muenchnerin-soll-um-ihr-leben-ringen-leukaemie-drama-um-schauspiel-legende-christine-kaufmann-8008685.html

External links[edit]

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Official website Christine Kaufmann
Christine Kaufmann
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Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress

Lois Maxwell
Lois Maxwell
(1948) Mercedes McCambridge
Mercedes McCambridge
(1950) Pier Angeli
Pier Angeli
(1952) Colette Marchand (1953) Pat Crowley, Bella Darvi, Barbara Rush
Barbara Rush
(1954) Karen Sharpe, Kim Novak, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1955) Anita Ekberg, Victoria Shaw, Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
(1956) Carroll Baker, Jayne Mansfield, Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
(1957) Carolyn Jones, Diane Varsi, Sandra Dee
Sandra Dee
(1958) Linda Cristal, Susan Kohner, Tina Louise
Tina Louise
(1959) Janet Munro, Tuesday Weld, Angie Dickinson, Stella Stevens
Stella Stevens
(1960) Ina Balin, Hayley Mills, Nancy Kwan
Nancy Kwan
(1961) Ann-Margret, Jane Fonda, Christine Kaufmann
Christine Kaufmann
(1962) Sue Lyon, Patty Duke, Rita Tushingham
Rita Tushingham
(1963) Tippi Hedren, Elke Sommer, Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress
(1964) Mia Farrow, Mary Ann Mobley, Celia Kaye
Celia Kaye
(1965) Elizabeth Hartman
Elizabeth Hartman
(1966) Jessica Walter
Jessica Walter
(1967) Katharine Ross
Katharine Ross
(1968) Olivia Hussey, Marianne McAndrew
Marianne McAndrew
(1969) Ali MacGraw
Ali MacGraw
(1970) Carrie Snodgress (1971) Twiggy
Twiggy
(1972) Diana Ross
Diana Ross
(1973) Tatum O'Neal
Tatum O'Neal
(1974) Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
(1975) Marilyn Hassett (1976) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1977) Irene Miracle (1979) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1980) Nastassja Kinski
Nastassja Kinski
(1981) Pia Zadora
Pia Zadora
(1982) Sandahl Bergman
Sandahl Bergman
(1983)

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Dancing Stars (Austrian TV series)

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