1904 - 1981
The actress Edith Schultze-Westrum lost her father at young age when he was fallen during World War I. She was brought up by her mother and Edith Schultze-Westrum soon became enthusiastic for the world of the theater. At the age of 22 she played as an actress for the first time with the amateur troupe of the University of Munich.
Beside it she attended private acting lessons and it did not last long before she signed her first contract in 1927.
She began her professional career for Otto Falckenberg at the Munich intimate theater where she worked her's way up from a support to a leading actress.
As an established actress she soon got engagements at other important German theaters, among them the Bavarian Staatstheater where she was engaged after a several months lasting work suspension because of critical comment about the Nazi regime and her engagement for Jewish colleagues. At the Bavarian Staatstheater she remained active from 1935 to 1945, again by Otto Falckenberg.
Her first appearance in front of the camera came in 1932 into being when she acted in "Kiki" (32) besides Anny Ondra and Hermann Thimig, directed by Karel Lamac.
But this should be a unique excursion into this metier for the time being.
Only after World War II she appeared in numerous movie and television productions besides her engagements on stage. She remained true to her profession till to the end of her life.
To her numerous movies of the 40s and 50s belong "Die Zeit mit dir" (48), "Verspieltes Leben" (49), "Vom Teufel gejagt" (50), "Zwerg Nase" (53), "Sauerbruch - Das war mein Leben" (54), "Der dunkle Stern" (55), "08/15 - In der Heimat" (55), "Immer wenn der Tag beginnt" (57), "Dorothea Angermann" (59), "Die Brücke" (59) and "Die Wahrheit über Rosemarie" (59).
She continued her film career successfully in the 60s and took part in movies like "Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen" (60), "Weit ist der Weg" (60), "Via Mala" (61) - wofür sie mit dem Bundesfilmpreis in Gold für die beste Nebenrolle ausgezeichnet wurde, "Jeder stirbt für sich allein" (62), "Escape from East Berlin" (62), "Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes" (62), "Ein langer Tag" (64), "Ein Frauenarzt klagt an" (64), "Dr. med. Hiob Prätorius" (65), "Der Fall Jeanne d'Arc" (66), "Die Mission" (67), "Kidnap - Die Entführung des Lindbergh-Babys" (68) and "Seltsames Zwischenspiel" (69).
The 70s were dominated by television beside the theater. Among others she appeared in the movies "Der Tag der Tauben" (70), "Alle Menschen werden Brüder" (73), an episode of the serial "Der Kommissar: Schwarzes Dreieck" (73), the serial "Paul Gauguin" (75), an episode of the serial "Derrick: Kalkutta" (76), an episode of the serial "Der Alte: Eine grosse Familie" (79) and the serial "Jauche und Levkojen" (79).
With "Unter Verschluss" (80) came her last movie into being.
Besides her activity as an actress she also dubbed American movies and spoke roles for plays.
Edith Schultze-Westrum was married with the producer Toni Schelkopf,
one son originated from her relationship with director Paul
Other movies with Edith Schultze-Westrum: