Sunday, April 26, 2009

Remembering Marianne Hoppe

Born Marianne Stefanie Paula Henni Gertrud Hoppe on April 26, 1909 in Rostock, Germany into a wealthy land owning family. She received a private home education and then attended school in Berlin and Weimar where she became interested in theater. Her first professional appearance was at 17 as a member of Berlin’s Deutsches Theater.under the direction of Max Reinhardt. During her time acting at the home of the Prussian State Theatre, the Schauspielhaus, Hoppe developed her analytical approach to acting, which she stated consisted in her "taking apart every sentence" and giving the use of language a brilliance. This method was to be associated with Hoppe throughout her working life. Marrianne appeared in two German westerns “Massacre at Marble City” in 1964 and her best remembered role as Mrs. Butler in the 1962 Karl May film “The Treasure of Silver Lake”. We remember the ‘Queen of the German Stage' Marianne Hoppe today on what would have been her 100th birthday.

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