Gröllmann, Jenny

Biography:

Jenny Gröllmann was born on February 5, 1947 in Hamburg, Germany. Her parents, a stage designer and a photographer, introduced her to the theater at an early age. After discovering her talent for acting at 14, Gröllmann studied drama in Berlin-Schöneweide from 1963 until 1966. She then performed at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin until the early 1990s.

 

In addition to her stage work, Gröllmann appeared in many films, including opposite Armin Mueller-Stahl in the DEFA production Die Flucht. Her role as Suzette Gontard in Hälfte des Lebens earned her praise for her subtle, sensitive and passionate portrayal of Hölderlin’s lover.

 

Gröllmann became known to a wider audience through her television roles, especially in the crime genre. Most notably, she played the quick-witted District Attorney Katharina Dorn in Schwurgericht, in addition to making numerous appearances on popular German series like Tatort, Polizeiruf 110, SOKO 5113, and Der Bulle von Tölz.

 

After a first marriage to the director Michael Kann, from 1984 to 1990 Gröllmann was married to actor Ulrich Mühe (Das Leben der Anderen, 2006; Mein Führer, 2007). Mühe caused a controversy when he accused Gröllmann of being an informer for the East German Stasi during the 1980s; she denied the allegations and sued her ex-husband for spreading unsubstantiated rumors.

 

Jenny Gröllmann died of cancer in Berlin on August 9, 2006, leaving behind two daughters. Her life and work are featured in the 2008 German documentary Ich will da sein (The Ballad of Jenny G.).

 

 

Selected Filmography

 

Filmography:

2002 – 2008 Die Anstalt – Zurück ins Leben (Mental Institution - Back to Life, TV series)
1993 – 2005 Tatort (Crime Scene, TV series)
2004 Erbsen auf halb 6 (Peas at 5:30)
2003 Zutaten für Träume (Ingredients for Dreams)
2002 Der Bulle von Tölz (The Cop of Tölz)
2001 Für alle Fälle Stefanie (For All Occasions, Stefanie, TV series)
1999 Gaukler der Liebe (Juggler of Love, TV)
1998 In aller Freundschaft (In All Friendship, TV series)
1995-1999 Schwurgericht (Jury Court, TV series)
1995 Unser Lehrer Doktor Specht (Our Teacher, Dr. Specht, TV series)
1984 Hälfte des Lebens (Half of Life)
1984 Isabel auf der Treppe (Isabel on the Stairs)
1981 Dein unbekannter Bruder (Your Unknown Brother)
1977 Die Flucht (The Flight)
1972–2004 Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call 110, TV series)
1971 Kennen Sie Urban? (Do You Know Urban?)
1967 Ich war neunzehn (I Was Nineteen)
1967 Geschichten jener Nacht: Die Prüfung (Stories of that Night: The Test)

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