Christa Lang

Christa Lang-Fuller (born 23 December 1943) is a German-American film and television actress and screenwriter. Lang worked frequently with her husband, director Samuel Fuller and is known for such films as White Dog, Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street, What's Up, Doc?, Land of Plenty, No Fear, No Die, Alphaville, The Big Red One, Nickelodeon and Thieves After Dark.[1]

Christa Lang
Lang in a publicity photo, ca. 1967
Christa Lang

(1943-12-23) 23 December 1943
OccupationActress, screenwriter
Samuel Fuller (m. 19671997)

Early life

Christa Lang was born in Winterberg, Germany.[2] At age seventeen, Lang moved to France, working in Paris as an au pair and a translator for a textile firm while studying acting.[3]


Lang made her film debut in the French new wave film The Murderer Knows the Score (1963), and had an uncredited walk-on role in Alphaville (1965).[3] In 1967, she had a supporting part in The Champagne Murders opposite Anthony Perkins, followed by a supporting role in What's Up, Doc? (1972) opposite Barbra Streisand. In 1976, she appeared as Anna Hauptmann in The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, based on the Lindbergh kidnapping.

She would go on to appear in her husband, Samuel Fuller's film White Dog (1982). In 1981, Lang co-founded Chrisam Films with Fuller.[4] She also appeared in the French film Thieves After Dark (1984), and The Blood of Others (1984), opposite Jodie Foster and Sam Neill.

As a screenwriter, Lang is perhaps best known as the co-writer, with her husband, of the 1994 film Girls in Prison.[5]

Personal life

Lang was married to director Samuel Fuller from 1967 until his death in 1997.[4] Lang has one daughter with Fuller, Samantha.[4]

Filmography as actress

Year Title Role Notes
1963The Murderer Knows the ScoreChristine
1964Code Name: TigerLa fille avec Dobrovsky
1965Alphaville1st Seductress Third Classuncredited
1965Mission spéciale à CaracasChristelle
1966The Upper HandLa fille de Mario
1967The Champagne MurdersPaula
1967Réseau secret Eva
1972What's Up, Doc?Mrs. Hosquith
1973Dead Pigeon on Beethoven StreetChristaoriginally a Tatort episode
1975At Long Last LovePregnant Lady
1976The Lindbergh Kidnapping CaseAnna Hauptmanntelevision film
1976NickelodeonStage Performer
1980The Big Red OneGerman Countessuncredited
1982White DogNurse
1984Thieves After DarkSolange
1984The Blood of OthersFemme Allemand fouille
1984Mistral's DaughterConciergeminiseries; 4 episodes
1989Samuel Fuller's Street of No Return Nurse
1990Tinikling ou 'La madonne et le dragon'Mama
1990No Fear, No DieToni's mother
1993Les arpenteurs de Montmartre
1998L.A. Without a MapWoman on Bus
2001Aizea: City of the WindCard Playing Womanshort film
2004Land of PlentyTrailer Park Woman
2013Night of the TemplarBlind Woman
2017The Queen of Hollywood BlvdMama


  1. The New York Times
  2. "A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking (Samuel Fuller, with Christa Lang Fuller, Jerome Henry Rudes; introduction by Martin Scorsese)". Film Talk. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  3. Smith, Michael Glover (September 9, 2011). "Actress/Author Interview: Christa Lang Fuller". White City Cinema. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  4. "Christa Lang-Fuller's Top 10". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  5. The New York Times

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