Manzel, Dagmar


Dagmar Manzel was born in Berlin on September 1, 1958 and studied at the Academy for Performing Arts there from 1977 to 1980. While still a student, she appeared in Urfaust, which was recorded for television. Her first engagement was with the Staatstheater Dresden, and she subsequently joined the Deutsche Theater Berlin in 1983, where she played outstanding roles under the direction of Thomas Langhoff and Heiner Müller until 2001. Since then, Manzel has worked as a freelance actor, including at the Komische Oper in Berlin (Kiss me, Kate, 2008; Im Weissen Rössl, 2010) and Berliner Ensemble (Endstation Sehnsucht, 2011).


Since the mid-1980s, Menzel has also played different types of characters as a movie and television actor. In 1986, she demonstrated her considerable talent with her portrayal of Claudia in Heiner Carow's mother-daughter story So viele Träume, which was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 1987 Berlin International Film Festival. She also appeared in Helmut Dietl's comedy Schtonk! and Rainer Kaufmann’s Die Apothekerin.


Menzel won the German Film Prize for Best Actress in 2000 for her role in the TV series Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland, and again in 2006 for her performance in Als der Fremde kam. She was also part of the cast of the internationally-awarded film about the Nanjing massacre, John Rabe. She has worked with many important German film directors, inlcuding Andreas Dresen, Kai Wessel, Andreas Kleinert, Hans-Christian Schmid and Romuald Karmakar.


Dagmar Manzel is also known as a singer. In 2011, she released her latest CD, Irgendwo auf der Welt, with lost songs by German film composer Werner Richard Heymann (1896–1961).


[See also:]


2006 German Film Prize for Best Actress, for Als der Fremde kam
2000 German Film Prize for Best Actress, for Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland



2011 Die Unsichtbare (Cracks in the Shell)
2011 Die verlorene Zeit (Remembrance)
2009 John Rabe
2007 Frei nach Plan (According to Plan)
2007 Freischwimmer (Head under Water)
2006 Als der Fremde kam (When the Stranger Came, TV)
2006 Nicht alle waren Mörder (Not Everyone Was a Murderer, TV)
2006 Vier Töchter (Four Daughters)
2005 Willenbrock 
2005 Die Nachrichten (News, TV)
2005 Speer und er (Speer and Hitler: The Devil’s Architect, TV mini-series)
2004 Nachbarinnen (Wanted!)
2001 Kelly Bastian – Geschichte einer Hoffnung (Kelly Bastian: A Story of Hope, TV)
1999 Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland (Klemperer: A Life in Germany, TV)
1998 Der Laden (The Shop, TV mini-series)
1997 Die Apothekerin (The Pharmacist)
1995 Nach Fünf im Urwald (A Jungle Out There)
1992 Verfehlung (The Mistake)
1991 Schtonk!
1990 Tanz auf der Kippe (Dancing on the Dump)
1989 Der Magdalenenbaum (The Tree of Magdalena)
1989 Coming Out
1987 Die erste Reihe (The First Row, TV)
1986 So viele Träume (So Many Dreams)
1985 Der Junge mit dem grossen schwarzen Hund (The Boy with the Big Black Dog)
1981 Wäre die Erde nicht rund (Were the Earth Not Round, synchronisation)
1981 Einmart (narrator)

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