1874 - 1954
The actress Pepi Kramer-Glöckner was born as Josefine Albertine Matras in Berlin. Her father was the comedian Josef Matras, her mother the stage actress Bertha Glöckner.
So it is no surprise that Pepi Glöckner-Kramer chose the profession of an actress as well.
Because her parents separated and her mother went to Munich to play leading roles at the theater, Pepi Glöckner-Kramer was educated at a boarding school. Her father died in 1887. He was already institutionalized in 1882 als incuralbe mentally ill, shortly afterwards her mother was afflicted with deafness and was no longer able to continue her acting career. However Pepi Glöckner-Kramer made her stage debut at the age of 15 at the Deutsches Theater in Budapest and launched with it her professional career. It followed engagements in Berlin and finally in Vienna, where she acted at the Deutsches Volkstheater rom 1892. Sie remained true to this theater till the end of her career.
The theater remained her great passion and she appeared at many well-known stages in the next years, among them at the Raimundtheater, at the Theater in der Josefstadt and at the Deutsches Volkstheater in Prague. She demonstrated her versatile talents as an operetta singer, soubrette and with dialect roles.
She made her film debut during the silent movie era of the 10s, among others she played in "Zu Höhrerem geboren", "Komtesse Stallmagd", "Träume sind Schäume" and "Pepi Maharadscha". In the 20s followed "Modche a Rézi" (26) and "Dyckerpotts Erben" (28).
In the sound film era of the 30s she became a popular support actress and she impersonated roles in "Eine Frau, die weiss, was sie will" (34), "13 Stühle" (38), "Ich bin Sebastian Ott" (39), "Ein Leben lang" (40), "Sieben Jahre Pech" (/40), "Wen die Götter lieben" (42) and "Gabriele Dambrone" (43).
Her husband, the actor Leopold Kramer was prohibited to continue to work as an actor because of his Jewish ancestry. He was able to avoid a deportation but was condemned to passiveness. Four years later he died from a perforation of the stomach.
Pepi Glöckner-Kramer was able to continue her career after the war both on stage and in movies.
To her well-known movies of those years belong "Geld ins Haus" (47), "Der Prozess" (48), "Wiener Mädeln" (49), "Cordula" (50), "1. April 2000" (52), "No Time for Flowers" (52) and "Boccaccio" (53).
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