1899 - 1970
The actress and cabaret artist Käte Kühl was born as Elfriede Katharina Nehrhaupt in Cologne. She got singing lessons in Berlin and afterwards she was able to gain a foothold as a cabaret artist in Berlin.
She began her career at the Cafe Grössenwahn by Rosa Valetti and she became soon popular by the audience. She got in touch with many well-known artists of that time, among them the composers Werner Richard Heymann and Friedrich Hollaender as well as the author Kurt Tucholsky with whom she worked regular at the cabaret "Wilde Bühne".
It followed an engagement as Lucy for the first release of the famous "Dreigroschenoper" by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht in 1928.
Her career as a cabaret artist with critical of the times ended with the rise of the National Socialists. She worked as a speaker for the radio before she got engagements for numerous support roles in movies.
She already had a first appearance in front of the camera as a cabaret artist in "Kabarett-Programm Nr. 3" (31), from 1933 she appeared as an actress in productions like "Ich und die Kaiserin" (33), "Wie einst im Mai" (38), "Capriccio" (38), "Hallo Janine!" (39), "Achtung! Feind hört mit" (40), "Frauen sind doch bessere Diplomaten" (41), "Meine Freundin Josefine" (42), "Herr Sanders lebt gefährlich" (44) and "Der verzauberte Tag" (44).
She was able to revive her career as a cabaret artist after the war and she appeared at the cabaret "Die Aussenseiter". Later followed the cabaret "Das Berliner Ensemble".
She got political involved from the 50s and was against the nuclear arming.
She only acted once in a movie after the war for "Waldhausstrasse 20" (60).
Other movies with Käte Kühl:
Morgenrot (33) Das Geheimnis um Betty Bonn (38) Pour le Mérite (38) Zentrale Rio (39) Wir tanzen um die Welt (39) Meine Tante – deine Tante (39) Zwielicht (41) Die schwedische Nachtigall (41) Ein Windstoss (42) Der ewige Klang (43) Leichtes Blut (43) Aufruhr der Herzen (44) Das Hochzeitshotel (44)