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Liesl Karlstadt


1892 - 1960

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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 deliberately.

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 hemorrhage.
 

Other movies with Liesl Karlstadt (Actress, Writer):
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)


 
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