Heidemarie Wenzel was born in Berlin on July 7, 1945. From 1963 until 1966, she studied at the Ernst Busch Academy for Performing Arts in Berlin. Her first engagements were with theaters in Rostock and Greifswald, where she could fulfill her special interest in classical plays.
Wenzel’s film debut was in the supporting role in Ralf Kirsten’s film Der verlorene Engel, which was about the German sculptor Ernst Barlach and was banned in 1966. Her role in Egon Günther’s Abschied, for which she received critical praise, marks the beginning of a successful film career. In the following years, she was often cast as emancipated, sensitive and self-confident women – such as in Zeit der Störche (dir. Siegfried Kühn) or in Heiner Carow’s cult film, Die Legende von Paul und Paula.
Her film and television career came to an abrupt end when her husband did not return from a trip to West Germany in 1986. She decided to follow him and applied to leave the GDR, but was not allowed to move to the West until early 1988. As she was banned from her profession in the intervening period, she worked as a secretary for the Lutheran church.
In addition to films, Heidemarie Wenzel has acted in several television series.
|2000–11||In aller Freundschaft (In All Friendship, TV series)|
|1996–99||Der Landarzt (The Country Doctor, TV series)|
|1991–92||Unsere Hagenbecks (Our Hagenbecks, TV series)|
|1974–90||Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call 110, TV series)|
|1986||Der Bärenhäuter (The Bear-Skinned Man)|
|1983||Der Mann mit dem Ring im Ohr (The Man With the Ring in His Ear)|
|1976||Liebesfallen (Love Traps)|
|1976||Das Licht auf dem Galgen (The Light on the Gallows)|
|1973/2010||Die Taube auf dem Dach (The Dove on the Roof)|
|1973||Wolz – Leben und Verklärung eines deutschen Anarchisten (Wolz – Life and Illusion of a German Anarchist)|
|1972||Die Legende von Paul und Paula (The Legend of Paul and Paula)|
|1970||Zeit der Störche (Time of the Storks)|
|1970||Aus unserer Zeit: Gewöhnliche Leute (Our Time: Ordinary People)|
|1966/70||Der verlorene Engel (The Lost Angel)|