Friday, March 15, 2013

RIP Rosemarie Fendel

Age and fatigue were unknown to her: Until recently Rosemarie Fendel still played great character roles - as in Margarethe von Trotta's "The Sister". Even with her daughter Suzanne with Hans von Borsody they stood together in front of the camera. Now she has died at the age of 85.

Hamburg / Munich / Frankfurt - they had their last major appearance in the ZDF production "Adlon", a three part series, which traces the development of the traditional Berlin hotels. Rosemarie Fendel played it as a hotelier's daughter, who returned to Berlin in old age. Off screen, the actress says that was due to her elegant voice in recent years of which she was also popular as a radio drama spokeswoman, ‘The History of the Adlon Over the Last Century’.

An appropriate role for Fendel, who had a career of more than 50 years, as a German stage and film artist. Her acting debut was in 1946 at an intimate theater in Munich. After an engagement in Tübingen she played Gustaf in Dusseldorf Schauspielhaus. It was followed by appearances in Darmstadt, Munich and Frankfurt.

Later she worked as a voice actress, among other things, she was the German voice of Elizabeth Taylor, Annie Girardot and Jeanne Moreau.

Born on April 25, 1927 in Koblenz Fendel Metternich was an important actress in film and television during the 1960s and 1970s. Among her films were "Trotta" (1972), "Axis Jump" (1977) and "Death in a Car Wash" (1982). The films dominated both the serious and the comic trade. She appeared in "Ödipussi" (1988) and "Schtonk" (1992).

Until 1962 Fendel was married to the director, actor Hans von Borsody, from this marriage came her daughter Suzanne of Borsody, now 55 who is also an actress. About six years Fendel had interrupted her career after the birth of her child. Mother and daughter were now playing well together, such as in the ARD film "Human Mother" (2003).

Despite her age, the character actress was seen regularly in recent years in leading roles in front of the camera. With indestructible charm and unbroken representation she coined films like "Max Minsky and Me," "Late View", Margarethe von Trotta's "The Sister" and the Sat.1 spy thriller "In the End, the Hope."

As her management confirmed Rosemarie Fendel died on Wednesday after a short illness at her home in Frankfurt. She was 85 years old.

Rosemarie Fendel’s westerns – voice actress:
River Pirates of the Mississippi – 1963 [German voice of Dorothee Parker]
Massacre at Marble City – 1964 [German voice of Dorothee Parker]
Viva Maria! – 1965 [German voice of Jeanne Moreau]
The Big Gundown – 1966 [German voice of Nieves Navarro]
Custer of the West – 1967 [German voice of Mary Ure]

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