Margot Hielscher

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Margot Hielscher (born September 29, 1919 in Berlin ; † August 20, 2017 in Munich ) was a German pop singer, actress and costume designer .

Grave of Margot Hielscher (1919–2017) in the Bogenhauser Friedhof


Hielscher initially trained as a costume designer and fashion designer from 1935 to 1939 . In doing so, she inevitably came into contact with film and singing greats of the time in Berlin. She was encouraged to continue training in singing and acting and was trained by Albert Florath and Maria Koppenhöfer .

From 1939 she worked as a costume designer for films. She was discovered by Theo Mackeben , who immediately engaged her for the film. In 1940 she played her first role in the film The Queen's Heart, alongside Zarah Leander . Through her roles in various love comedies, in which she also emerged as a singer, she soon became one of the most popular actresses in German film during the Second World War. During the war and afterwards she toured several times as a singer to support the troops .

After the war she appeared as a singer for GIs . In the film Hallo Fräulein (1949), to which she also contributed the co-script, some of her experiences from the immediate post-war period were reflected. During filming, she met her future husband, the film composer Friedrich Meyer , whom she married ten years later.

From then on, the singing career had priority for her, in films she often appeared in vocal interludes. In 1957 and 1958, Margot Hielscher represented the Federal Republic at the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson . In 1957 she took 4th place with the song Telefon, Telefon , in 1958 with the song Für Zwei Groschen Musik ( 7th place). The musician and entertainer Götz Alsmann later described her voice as a mixture of jazz singing and operetta soprano .

In the 1960s, she hosted her own talk show on Bavarian television, Visiting Margot Hielscher , in which around 700 celebrities (including Maurice Chevalier and Romy Schneider ) were guests.

Numerous appearances in television series up to the 1980s they received the audience. In 1991/92 she appeared in Berlin at the Theater des Westens in the Sondheim musical Follies alongside Eartha Kitt , Brigitte Mira and Renate Holm . She played one of her last TV roles in 1994 in the series The Carnation King , after which she retired from the film business. In addition, she herself was a guest in many major German entertainment shows, including 1998 at Boulevard Bio . From then on she was mainly present through stage appearances, so in 2006 in the Philharmonie im Gasteig , in 2007 in the Berlin Philharmonic and in 2008 in the comedy in the Bayerischer Hof .

Margot Hielscher has appeared in a total of 60 feature films and around 200 television productions. In addition, over 400 vocal recordings of her have been preserved. In the production of Ulrich Tukur's album Mezzanotte , released in September 2010, Hielscher was his duet partner in the song Do you hear the sea?

Margot Hielscher lived in Munich's Bogenhausen district (Herzogpark) from 1942 . In 1941 an admirer, the actor Fritz Odemar , had sold his house in Semlin , West Havelland , so that he could lay a fur coat at the young actress's feet in the middle of the war. For the 22-year-old, he rented an apartment at Hildegardstrasse 1 in Berlin. Hielscher had acquaintances with Erich Kästner , Benny Goodman and Joachim Fuchsberger, among others . In 2011 Götz Alsmann visited her and talked to her about her life and work. This conversation is documented in the one-hour film Mr. Alsmann meets Mrs. Hielscher by Klaus Michael Heinz , broadcast on WDR television on November 1, 2011.

Margot Hielscher died in Munich in August 2017, six weeks before the age of 98. In addition to the family, Christian Ude , Uschi Glas , Bob Ross , Max Raabe and the Kessler twins also took part in the memorial service on August 25, 2017 at the Ostfriedhof .

Hielscher found her final resting place next to her husband Friedrich Meyer, who died in 1993, in the Bogenhausen cemetery .

As part of the Munich Film Festival , a Margot Hielscher Prize endowed with 10,000 euros was awarded for the first time in 2019. This is to honor an outstanding national or international artistic personality who has already distinguished himself at a young age through versatility and achievements in various cultural disciplines. The first prize winner was the French actor and director Louis Garrel .


Schlager (selection)

  • I say yes (1942)
  • Women Are Not Angels (1943)
  • Anette (1951)
  • Brother Jacques (1951)
  • Look in my eyes (1952)
  • The Schwabinglied (1955)
  • Telephone, Telephone (1957)
  • For two groschen of music (1958)

She also sang many chansons and hits, which others had brought out first before her.


as an actress, unless otherwise stated :

Web links

Commons : Margot Hielscher  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Abendzeitung, Germany: Death in the Herzogpark in Munich: Margot Hielscher dies at the age of 97 . ( [accessed on August 22, 2017]).
  2. In a conversation with Hans Rosenthal, Hielscher names July 21, 1959 as the wedding anniversary. In: Mr. Alsmann meets Mrs. Hielscher at minute 33.
  4. Martin Keune : “Groschenroman. The exciting life of the successful writer Axel Rudolph ”. Berlin, bebra verlag 2009, page 158 ff
  5. She was a world star of the 20th century. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. August 25, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2017 .
  6. ^ The grave of Margot Hielscher and Friedrich Meyer
  7. Margot-Hielscher