Grethe Weiser

Active - 1930 - 2009  |   Born - Feb 27, 1903   |   Died - Oct 2, 1970   |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Romance, Comedy Drama, Musical

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

One of the few true comediennes of Nazi-era German films, blond Grethe Weiser made a career of playing the typical noisy Berlin girl, her almost incomprehensible local patois much admired in her day. Weiser had been in films since the early years of sound but played supporting roles until Die Goettliche Jette (1937) made her a star. She played a Berlin chanteuse and even got to imitate Marlene Dietrich. Often portraying wisecracking maids, Weiser was in many ways a German pendant to Hollywood's Marie Wilson, whose career at Warner Bros. almost paralleled Weiser's at Ufa. Weiser's popularity continued unabated through the postwar era and she was one of the busiest German screen actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. The veteran comedienne was killed along with her producer husband Hermann Schwerin in a car accident near Bad Tölz in Bavaria.

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