Tana Schanzara

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Tana Schanzara (2000)

Tana Schanzara , actually Konstanze Schwanzara (born December 19, 1925 in Kiel , † December 19, 2008 in Bochum ), was a German actress . She was a permanent member of the ensemble of the Schauspielhaus Bochum and also appeared in German and US films.


Tana Schanzara Square with a monument

Tana Schanzara was born in Kiel as the daughter of the opera singers Gertrud and Hans Schanzara . When she was two years old, her parents moved to Dortmund, where they had an engagement at the Dortmund Opera House . This is where Tana Schanzara grew up. Due to the father's change to the Cologne Opera, Schanzara attended a school in Cologne and passed her Abitur there. After graduating from high school, she took acting lessons with Friedl Münzer in Cologne and then worked at the Kammerspiele in Bonn and theaters in Cologne, Mannheim , Oldenburg and Gelsenkirchen .

Since 1956 the "Ruhrpott- Duse " has been part of the ensemble of the Bochum theater. With the exception of Saladin Schmitt , she has worked with all of the theater's directors. With 50 years of stage presence, Schanzara was the longest-serving actress in the ensemble. In the first decades of her stage work she mainly played comic supporting roles, in the 1980s and 1990s she was able to convince in leading roles and tragic plays. Her 80th birthday was celebrated in December 2005 with a big gala in the Bochumer Kammerspiele.

In the early 1970s, Schanzara's song became Vatter, aufsteeh'n !! ( Closing words: "So Vatter, you can stay where you are ..." ) Known to radio listeners. This was followed by a long-playing record and in the 1980s the single But luckily everything is only available in Dallas. She played a prominent role in the film adaptation of Franz Josef Degenhardt's "Fuses".

In Bochum, Schanzara was a popular and popular personality. She demonstrated her versatility and connection with the Ruhr area at celebrations and events, for example as a typical kiosk owner from Bochum at the ZDF city tournament in 1988 or with appearances at the ten -year celebration of the disco Zeche Bochum in 1989 and the 40th anniversary of the Opel factory in 2002. In the mid-1990s, she worked several times for television films with Hape Kerkeling . In 1997 she wrote a book with the title The Same Theater Every Morning , in which she tells from her own and unusual life.

Since a fall in 2001 and a subsequent hip operation, Tana Schanzara was physically restricted and played her roles partly while sitting. Tana Schanzara last lived in a nursing home in Herne . She died on her 83rd birthday in a clinic in Bochum and was buried in the family grave in the main cemetery in Krefeld .

In her honor, on July 15, 2010, opposite the Schauspielhaus in Bochum, the previous Westfalenplatz was renamed Tana-Schanzara-Platz and on July 3, 2012 a memorial was unveiled on the forecourt of the Schauspielhaus. It has now taken its place across from the theater.


Theater engagements

(Bochum theater)

movie theater

Movie and TV

Sound carrier

  • 1970: dad, get up!
  • 1970: Dad, watch out
  • 1970: Father, close your eyes
  • 1977: Bed to bed with Alex (Living next door to Alice)
  • 1992: Tanas Ruhrpottwelt (edition ruhrton)



  • Tana Schanzara: The same theater every morning. Songs and stories. Econ-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Düsseldorf 1997, ISBN 3-612-26409-5 .

Web links

Commons : Tana Schanzara  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Information from the WDR on the time signal on the occasion of the day of death , accessed on December 20, 2013.
  2. Pearl of the Ruhr area on spiegel.de, accessed on November 19, 2013.
  3. Zukunft Herne eV, Cultural Office of the City of Herne (ed.): Herner Künstlerhandbuch '95 . Herne, 1995, p. 160
  4. ↑ It was actually called Konstanze on wdr.de, accessed on November 19, 2013.
  5. Pottperle and Ruhrduse on faz.net, accessed on November 19, 2013.
  6. ^ Tana Schanzara , on steffi-line.de, accessed on November 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Tana Schanzara - Lachgeschichten on ard.de, accessed on November 19, 2013.
  8. Tana Schanzara turns 80 at ruhr-uni-bochum.de, accessed on November 19, 2013.
  9. knerger.de: The grave of Tana Schanzara
  10. ^ Report on the unveiling of the Tana Schanzara monument , on derwesten.de, accessed on November 19, 2013.
  11. Monument unveiled on pottblog.de, accessed on November 19, 2013.
  12. [1] accessed on March 30, 2017
  13. Stadtspiegel Bochum, June 11, 2008
  14. ZDF theater channel ( Memento of the original from May 10, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.theaterkanal.de