Dagmar Lassander

Dagmar Lassander (by name of Dagmar Regine Hager; born 16 June 1943) is a German actress.

The character of Lassander Dagmar in the Italian-influenced 2015 horror film We Are Still Here is named after her.

Early life and career

She was born in Prague to a French father and Chilean-German mother, and began her career as a costume designer in the Berlin Opera. Her first role was in 1966 in Sperrbezirk by Will Tremper. Starting from 1969, she began to work regularly, especially in Italian crime, horror and erotic movies. Her first non-erotic film was Hatchet for the Honeymoon.[1] Her experience making the film was unpleasant: the producers required her to lose 25 pounds before filming, script revisions sidelined her character in order to give a larger role to co-star Laura Betti (who Lassander has said was "extremely rude" to her on the set), and because she only spoke German and a little English at the time, communication with the director was difficult.[1] Lassander later successfully sued producer Manuel Caño for failing to deliver on his promise that she would be the movie's top-billed actress.[1]

She was cast in several other gialli such as Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970), The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (1971) and Reflections in Black (1975), as well as in two Lucio Fulci horror films, The Black Cat (1981) and The House by the Cemetery (1981). In the 1980s, she was also featured in several Italian TV series, the French-German feature film S.A.S. à San Salvador, and the 1984 Lamberto Bava thriller Monster Shark.

Selected filmography


  1. Lucas, Tim (2007). Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark. Video Watchdog. pp. 781–4. ISBN 0-9633756-1-X.

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