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Rotraut Richter

Foto: Alexander Binder (1888-1929)

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.
She played her first stage role in the play "Die Ratten" in Darmstadt in 1932.

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.
Still Rotraud Richter continued her film career with movies like "Ganovenehre" (32), "Hitlerjunge Quex" (33) and "Nur nicht weich werden, Susanne!" (34).

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". 
1947 followed her first and last post-war movie called "Wozzek". 
Her still young career came to an abrupt end in October 1, 1947 shen she died of complications after a appendectomy - she was only 32 years old.

Other movies with Rotraut Richter:
Seine erste Erfindung (34) Die Sporck'schen Jäger (34) Wenn ein Mädel Hochzeit macht (34) Emma III (35) Meiseken (37) Der nackte Spatz (38)