In Unterm Birnbaum © DEFA-Stiftung, Dieter Lück
Angelica Domröse was born in Berlin on April 4, 1941. She was a hit in her first leading role, in Slatan Dudow’s 1958 film, Verwirrung der Liebe, and subsequently studied acting at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1959 to 1961. On stage she acted in the Berliner Ensemble until 1967 and then at the Berlin Volksbühne until 1979. After her stellar screen performance in Effi Briest, she made her name as Paula in Die Legende von Paul und Paula, a popular hit and, later, cult classic.
In the mid-1970s, Angelica Domröse was actively involved in opposition to artistic and political oppression in the GDR and joined in protests against the forced expatriation of dissident singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann in 1976. In spite of acclaimed performances in Fleur Lafontaine and Bis dass der Tod euch scheidet, Domröse’s oppositional stance made it increasingly difficult to obtain acting parts, and many productions in which she appeared were cancelled or boycotted. She and her husband, actor Hilmar Thate, finally elected to leave the GDR in 1980.
Domröse was able to obtain important film roles in the West and she acted on stage at the ThaliaTheater in Hamburg and the Schauspielhaus Bochum. Since 1992, Angelica Domröse has been a lecturer at the Ernst Busch Academy of Performing Arts in Berlin. In the 1990s she also starred as a police commissioner in the popular TV series, Polizeiruf 110. Since 2005, Domröse has been a guest performer at the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam.
|2011||Bis zum Horizont, dann links (All the Way to the Horizon, Then to the Left)|
|2003||Das Tal der Ahnungslosen (Valley of the Innocen|
|1991||Verfehlung (The Mistake)|
|1986||Fraulein: Ein deutsches Melodram (trans. Miss: A German Melodrama, Germany/Austria, TV)|
|1978||Bis daß der Tod euch scheidet (Until Death Do Us Part)|
|1977||Fleur Lafontaine (TV)|
|1976||Daniel Druskat (TV)|
|1973||Die Legende von Paul und Paula (The Legend of Paul and Paula)|
|1973||Unterm Birnenbaum (Under the Pear Tree)|
|1968||Effi Briest (TV)|
|1967||Ein Lord am Alexanderplatz (Lord of Alexander Square)|
|1965||Entlassen auf Bewährung (Let Off With Probation)|
|1964||Chronik eines Mordes (Story of a Murder)|
|1960||Die Liebe und der Co-Pilot (Love and the Co-Pilot)|
|1959||Verwirrung der Liebe (Love’s Confusion)|