Anne Bennent

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Anne Bennent (* 13. October 1963 in Lausanne ) is a Swiss actress , chanson - singer and reciter . Bennent worked with the most important theater directors on several European stages.


Anne Bennent, older sister of David Bennent , is the daughter of the German actor Heinz Bennent and the Swiss dancer Paulette Renou (stage name Diane Mansart ). She grew up multilingual (French, German, English, Italian). Anne Bennent had her first film role in 1973 at the age of nine in the television drama The Parents of Hans W. Geißendörfer , in which the entire Bennent family first appeared. Later on, the artist family often performed together on stage and in front of the camera. In 1977 she made her debut at the Berlin Schiller Theater in Chekhov's Der Kirschgarten . In 1978 she was 15-year-old Lissa with her father Heinz Bennent in Derrick (5th season, episode 9), Lissa's father . At the age of 16 she played the title role in Walerian Borowczyk's Wedekind film Lulu in 1980 ; father Bennent gave the lover Dr. Nice. From 1981 to 1982 she attended the theater at the Conservatoire de musique de Genève in the acting class of Claude Stralz. She then took lessons at the École du Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre with Patrice Chéreau until 1984 , in between she went to the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford (Connecticut) , USA, for three months .

From 1984 to 1986 she was engaged by the Munich Residenztheater . 1986 followed an engagement at the Staatstheater Stuttgart under Ivan Nagel . There she worked with directors such as Bob Wilson , Niels-Peter Rudolph and Axel Manthey and was awarded the OE Hasse Prize in 1986 for best young actress. During this time she played in sensational performances by director Thomas Langhoff . From 1990 until 2003 she performed regularly at the Burgtheater in Vienna . Bennent also had appearances at the Salzburg Festival , the Hamburger Schauspielhaus and the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris under Peter Brook .

From 1989 on, Anne Bennent also performed as a singer of French chansons with the recital Pour Maman in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. During these performances, her mother was also present on stage until her death in late 2010. Her brother David Bennent is also an actor, he appeared with her several times in films and on stage. In 1999, for example, they were seen together in the world premiere of George Tabori's Purgatory at the Vienna Akademietheater . Anne Bennent lives with the blind accordionist Otto Lechner in Gars am Kamp, Lower Austria, and performs literary and musical productions with him. They have one son (* 2004). She has another son from a previous relationship with Yevgeny Sitochin (* 1999).


Theater (selection)

from Munzinger archive   and ORF 

Films (selection)

Series (selection)

  • The Commissioner - is the train going to Italy? (1975) as Ilse Kempe
  • Der Alte - Die Konflingsfrau (1978) as a young girl
  • Derrick - Lissa's father (1978) as Lissa
  • Derrick - Die Fahrt nach Lindau (1982) as Mona Gericke
  • Derrick (1983) as Erika
  • Derrick (1984) as Grit
  • Derrick - Who Shot Asmy? (1985) as Erni Weik
  • Derrick: The Night Ronda Died (1986) as Britta Stolze
  • Crime scene: Death before Scharhörn (2001)


  • Otto Lechner and Anne Bennent: wonderful. Stories by Robert Walser . Extraplatte, Vienna 2001, 62 min., Audio CD, ISBN 978-3-221-70172-7 .
  • Otto Lechner and Anne Bennent: The Crypt Guardian. Based on a story by Franz Kafka . Sound book (32 pages) with 1 CD. Mandelbaums library of sounds, Vienna 2008, ISBN 978-3-85476-249-2 . (Meeting:)
  • Otto Lechner and Anne Bennent: The Voices of Marrakech. By Elias Canetti , sound book (32 pages) in half linen with 2 CDs. Mandelbaum, Vienna 2010, ISBN 978-3-85476-230-0 .
  • Otto Lechner and Anne Bennent: Leila and Majnun. By Nizami , with ensemble. Sound book (32 pages) with 2 CDs. Mandelbaum, Vienna 2011, ISBN 978-3-85476-339-0 . (Audiobook review:)

Radio plays


Theatrical documentaries


Web links


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Biography of Anne Bennent. ( Memento from September 3, 2012 in the web archive ) In: Kleist archive of the city of Heilbronn
  2. bor / dpa / dapd : Heinz Bennent is dead. Mourning a modest stage giant. In: Spiegel online , October 12, 2011.
  3. a b Anne Bennent , Internationales Biographisches Archiv 41/2005 of October 15, 2005, in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of the article freely available)
  4. The parents at geissendörfer film and television production (gff) .
  5. Urs Jenny : Angel of Death . In: Der Spiegel . No. 46 , November 10, 1980, pp. 276 ( from [accessed October 20, 2011]).
  6. a b Thomas Jorda: She still wants to plant cherry trees. In: Niederösterreichische Nachrichten of March 3, 2008, beginning of the article .
  7. Wolfgang Freitag: Bennent & Lechner: "I'm not someone who can switch off." 2007, interview.
  8. Chanson. Pour maman. In: Konau 25, Frohe Zukunft eV , April 24, 2010.
  9. Anne Bennent “Pour Maman”. In: Berliner Zeitung of March 7, 2001.
  10. Sibylle Fritsch: From the courtyard to heaven. The 85 year old George Tabori says goodbye to Vienna with “Purgatorium”. In: Die Welt of May 31, 1999.
  11. Manfred Papst: World music from the squeeze chest. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung of March 26, 2005.
  12. Cornelia Niedermeier: "As soon as it freezes, it becomes dangerous." In: Die Standard from April 16, 2008, interview.
      Maike Schiller: Anne Bennent is playing well. In: Hamburger Abendblatt of November 22, 2001.
      Maria Gurmann: Anne Bennent: “Actually, as a child I wanted to be a farmer”. In: Courier of July 21, 2013.
  13. ^ Anne Bennent at the Deutsches Filmhaus
  14. ^ Review of Qui est là - Rolf Michaelis : Königsweg zu Hamlet. In: Die Zeit , No. 52, December 1995.
  15. ^ Review of Purgatorium - Wolfgang Kralicek: Bonjour Petitesse. In: Der Tagesspiegel from June 1, 1999.
  16. Review of the fool and his wife tonight in Pancomedia - Ronald Pohl: The pairing of air and spirit in the hotel fear. In: Der Standard from June 9, 2002.
  17. tj: Dürrenmatt's old lady is visiting again. In: Niederösterreichische Nachrichten , November 25, 2012 and Stockerau Festival 2013 .
  18. Anne Bennent biography at ORF. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on July 12, 2012 ; accessed on September 9, 2016 .
  19. Marie and Freud , ( memento from July 19, 2012 in the web archive ) on arte , August 31, 2007.
  20. Review of The Crypt Guardian - Cornelia Niedermeier: "Nights last for years here." In: Der Standard from May 8, 2009.
  21. Audio book review on Nizami: “Leila and Majnun at