Elsa Grube-Deister was born on January 11, 1926 in Hamburg, Germany and began acting on stage in Bielefeld, Chemnitz and Eisenach Neuruppin, Germany around 1953. She then joined the Berliner Ensemble where she would perform until 1960 in the German Theatre in Berlin. She continued to appear in stage plays until 1999. In addition to her stage work she also made appearances in films an television since the late 1950s mostly for DEFA. In the 1970's is when she began to make a name for herself and was seen on West German television. Among her more than 50 film and television appearances was one Euro-western 1973's "Apaches" as Theresa. She’s still remembered as Anna Quangel from TV’s "Jeder stirbt für sich allein". After 40 years on stage, film and TV Elsa passed away at the age of 75 on December 7, 2001 in Bollersdorf, Germany. Today we remember Elsa Grube-Deister on what would have been her 85th birthday.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.