1915 - 1947
The actress Rotraut Richter made a film career as a typical Berliner brat.
During her school time she was sent to a boarding-school because of bad behaviour and there she showed her interest for the acting for the first time.
At the age of 16 she took speech training by the actor Lothar Müthel
and attended the national acting school.
The famous director Joe May spotted her for
the film and engaged her for "Das erste Recht des Kindes" (32). A planned
three-years contract with May didn'nt come off because he had to emigrate
to the USA soon after.
When she played in the play "Krach im Hinterhaus" in Berlin in 1934 she managed the great breakthrough which also established her as the Berliner type in movies. In the next years followed movies like "Kirschen in Nachbars Garten" (35), "Reisebekanntschaften" (36) and finally her greatests success with "Das Veilchen vom Potsdamer Platz" (36). After that followed movies like "Der Biberpelz" (37) and "Krach im Vorderhaus" (41).
During World War II she went on Wehrmachts tour and played at the theater. Other movies failed to come in those years because she was imposed with a working prohibition.
She was able to continue her theater career successfully after the war
and was convincing as a character actress in the play "Helden".
Other movies with Rotraut Richter: