Karin Baal

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Karin Baal , actually Karin Blauermel (born September 19, 1940 in Berlin ) is a German theater, film and television actress .

life and career

The daughter of a tailor and factory worker grew up - together with her brother - without a father in socially difficult circumstances, at times with her grandmother in Triftstrasse in the Berlin district of Wedding . After secondary school , she began training as a fashion illustrator at the age of 16. In 1956 she found out that a young actress, "a guy like Marina Vlady " was wanted for the film Die Halbstarken , who would embody the so-called zeitgeist . Without acting training, Baal was given the lead role and a three-year training contract from among 700 applicants . Brigitte GrothumBaal dubbed it in this film, as she had never been in front of a camera before and had no other acting experience. From then on she was committed to the role of the blonde rebel. In 1958 she played a supporting role in the film Das Mädchen Rosemarie , a film adaptation of the life of Rosemarie Nitribitt . In other films, too, she was primarily cast in the role of the disreputable young seductress.

In 1959 Baal finished her acting training with Luise Berger and Ilse Bongers. She made her debut in 1959 as Su Shu Chan in Günther Weisenborn's 15 Cords of Money in the Theater an der Brienner Strasse in Munich . Since then she has appeared regularly in the theater. She then played in several Edgar Wallace films , where she portrayed the rather passive pursued innocence. She later engaged Rainer Werner Fassbinder for three of his films. From the 1970s onwards, Baal played increasingly on television, mostly in small and medium-sized roles, due to the lack of film offers. In crime series such as Der Kommissar (1971), Tatort (1979 and 1990), Derrick (1976, 1980 and 1981), Die Männer vom K3 (1987 and 1991), Ein Fall für Zwei (1990 and 1995), Der Alte (1990) , Marleneken (1990), Doppelter Einsatz (1994), Rosa Roth (1995) and Polizeiruf 110 (1996), she was mostly seen in supporting roles . She played leading roles in Wenn Engel Reisen , a 13-part television series (1993), and in the six-part series A Year Without a Sunday (1970).

She also appeared regularly in family series such as Liebling Kreuzberg (1985), Eine Klasse für sich (1984), Die Schwarzwaldklinik (1985), Ein Heim für Tiere (1986) and Praxis Bülowbogen (1990). She had other roles in television productions in Divorce a la carte (1991), Cosima's Lexicon (1992), Traveling with the Bible (1992), A strong team (1993), Black intervenes (1993), 5 hours of fear - hostage-taking in kindergarten (1994), Rosa Roth - Verlorenes Leben (1995), Naked Fear (1995), Schlosshotel Orth (1997), Tatort: ​​Die Möwe (2000), Der Tunnel (2000), Die Gebrüder Sass (2001) and in the two-part film Lost Forever (2003).

A highlight of her theatrical work was the tour that began in 1977 with the play The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum based on the novel by Heinrich Böll and the tour of 1986 with the plays Closed Society by Jean-Paul Sartre and Murder at Midnight by Francis Durbridge .

On July 23, 2018, Karin Baal received the Götz George Prize, which was awarded for the first time and endowed with 10,000 euros, for her life's work in Berlin . The Götz George Foundation recognized Baal as a "great actress and admirable woman". She opens up relentlessly and with touching devotion to her characters and thereby also makes the finest nuances of her wide range of emotions visible, it said. The laudation was held by Armin Rohde on behalf of Mario Adorf , who sent a video message.


Karin Baal married her childhood friend and film partner from Die Halbstarken , Karlheinz Gaffkus , with whom she has a son named Thomas. After only two years the divorce came and Baal married the actor Helmuth Lohner in 1962 . In 1967 she had her daughter Therese Lohner , who is also an actress today. The family spent a large part of their life in Switzerland . The marriage failed in 1977. Her third husband, the actor Volker Eckstein , died in 1993 of cancer . His death plunged Baal into a serious crisis for seven years. Alcohol problems caused her career to collapse. In 2006 she made her stage comeback in the Düsseldorf Theater Komödie with the play 8 Women . At the same time she was honored with a matinée at the Filmmuseum Düsseldorf . From 2000 she was married for the fourth time to the 30 years younger Kurd Cevdet Çelik, from whom she divorced in 2004.

On October 22, 2012, Karin Baal presented her memoirs in the Berlin Wintergarten , which were published under the title Untamed - My Life by the Munich Südwest-Verlag.

Filmography (selection)

Feature films

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Awards from the Götz George Foundation. Götz George Foundation, accessed October 3, 2019 .