Leading German actress Barbara Sukowa was a protégée of director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who made her feature-film debut in his drama Lola (1981). Prior to that, she had appeared in Fassbinder's made-for-television movie Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980). Following the filmmaker's death in 1982, Sukowa went on to act in the occasional international production, notably Lars von Trier's Zentropa (1991).
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- Trained in the German theater world, in which film directors would hire actors from their stage performances; never had to audition for a role until she came to America.
- Sings for a band, the X-Patsys; their debut album won a Best New Release award in Germany.
- Has had a secondary career narrating and singing classical music and opera.
- Does not have an agent, seeks and auditions for roles on her own.