The actress Liesl Karlstadt was born as Elisabeth Wellano in Munich.
She had an immense success with star comedian Karl
Valentin (1882-1948), and they went down in history as a inseparable
duo which looks for the likes of them.
Karl Valentin saw the comical talent of the young Liesl Karlstadt and
engaged her as his partner. The two had great successes and although many
of their famous comedies came from the creativity of Liesl Karlstadt, she
nearly was noticed by the public. However Karl Valentin's fame grew unlimited.
But Liesl Karlstadt put herself into service for Karl Valentin and
submitted to him. Many of her written comedies passed the laugher to him
Her modesty came from her origin. She was one of nine siblings and grew
up in simple circumstances. She earned her first money as a saleslady.
At the ag of 17 she went to the theater and to the cabaret. She had
a good command of instruments and was soon employed in different small
roles which banked on her musical talent.
The year 1911 was the most important one for Liesl Karlstadt. Karl Valentin
met her at the "Frankfurter Hof" and they were engaged together for the
Simplizissimus cabaret. The two were very curious and plumbed all possibilities
of the motioned pictures. In 1912 they already appeared in a movie for
the first time called "Karl Valentins Hochzeit".
In the following years followed many other movies which were based on
the comic of the two, among others they appeared in the silent movies "Der
entflohene Hauptdarsteller" (21) and "Der Sonderling" (29). Liesl Karlstadt
decided in 1930 to take acting lessons; her first theater appearance was
in the play "Sturm im Wasserglas".
But her popularity was still based on her entrances with Karl Valentin.
At the same time the public didn't notice how difficult it was for Liesl
Karlstadt to live with Karl Valentin. Valentin had a tendency to be ahypochondriac.
When he lost the whole fortune of Liesl Karlstadt because of a museum project,
the outwardly always cheerful acting Liesl didn't see another way out than
to plunge into the Isar.
After the failed attempted suicide she was send to a clinic where she
recovered again. After that followed a huge amount of movies in which she
acted in 1936, among them "Die Erbschaft" (36), "Donner, Blitz und Sonnenschein"
(36), "Beim Rechtsanwalt" (36), "Der Bittsteller" (36) and "Mädchenpensionat"
(36), again most at Karl Valentin's side.
Rudolf Bach described the comedian duo as follow:
"Liesl is tender, good-natured, superior, always the normal opposite
part, so to speak the Sancho Panso to Valentin-Don Quicotte".
The two played together for 25 years and produced about 400 comedies.
Liesl Karlstadt was able to maintain her popularity after Karl Valentin's
death. She played more often at the theater. Also her engagements for the
film increased. Till her death she took part in movies like "Das doppelte
Lottchen" (50), "Nacht ohne Sünde" (50), "Das letzte Rezept" (51),
"Fanfaren der Ehe" (53), "Die Trapp-Familie" (56), "Wir Wunderkinder" (59)
and "Oh, diese Bayern" (60).
Liesl Karlstadt died in Garmisch-Partenkirchen because of a cerebral
Other movies with Liesl Karlstadt
Mysterien eines Frisiersalons (22)
Karl Valentin im Fotoatelier (32) Die verkaufte Braut (32) Muss man sich
gleich scheiden lassen? (33) Fräulein Hoffmanns Erzählungen (33)
Orchesterprobe (33) Es knallt (34) Mit dir durch dick und dünn (34)
Der Theaterbesuch (34) Im Schallplattenladen (34) Der Firmling (34) So
ein Theater (34) Der verhexte Scheinwerfer (34) Kirschen in Nachbars Garten
(35) Du bist mein Glück (36) Ein verhängnisvolles Geigensolo
(36) Die karierte Weste (36) Strassenmusik (36) Kalte Füsse/Beim Nervenarzt
(36) Musik zu zweien (36) Ewig Dein (37) Der Antennendraht/Im Senderaum
(38) Fasching (39) Der Tobis-Trichter (41) Venus vor Gericht (41) Alarmstufe
V (41) In der Apotheke (41) Peterle (43) Das Konzert (44) Du bist nicht
allein (49) Um eine Nasenlänge (49) Die drei Dorfheiligen (49) Nach
Regen scheint Sonne (49) ie Sterne lügen nicht (50) Die Dame in Schwarz
(51) In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus (51) Das kann jedem passieren
(52) Die schöne Tölzerin (52) Der Weibertausch (52) Lachkabinett
(53) Solange Du da bist (53) Feuerwerk (53) Nichts als Ärger mit der
Liebe (56) Kleines Zelt und grosse Liebe (56) II-A in Berlin (56) Dany,
bitte schreiben Sie (56) Ein Stück vom Himmel (57) Zwei Matrosen auf
der Alm (57) Liebe auf krummen Beinen (59) Die Lokalbahn (60) Schick deine
Frau nicht nach Italien (60)