Barbara Sukowa

Active - 1979 - Present  |   Born - Feb 2, 1950 in Bremen, Germany  |   Genres - Drama

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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).

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  • 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.