Elisabeth Trissenaar

Elisabeth Trissenaar (born 13 April 1944) is an Austrian actress, who lives in Berlin.

Elisabeth Trissenaar
Elisabeth Trissenaar
Born (1944-04-13) 13 April 1944
Years active1964–2010
Spouse(s)Hans Neuenfels

Life and career

Trissenaar's father was the Dutchman Frans Trijssenaar. After studying at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna, she was cast in her first role at the Bern Theatre in 1964. Between 1972 and 1981, she had great success at the Schauspiel Frankfurt, especially in the roles of Nora Helmer in A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler (both plays by Ibsen), as well as Medea.

During this time began her collaboration with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, under his direction she was in movies such as The Stationmaster's Wife (Bolwieser, 1977), In a Year of 13 Moons (1978), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), and in the television series of Alfred Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980). Also, she played leading roles in Robert van Ackeren's films Das andere Lächeln (1978) and Purity of Heart (Die Reinheit des Herzens, 1980), in the Oscar-nominated film Angry Harvest (Bittere Ernte, 1985), and in Xaver Schwarzenberger's Franza (1987).

She is married to the director Hans Neuenfels, with whom she has a son, the film director Benedict Neuenfels.


Selected filmography

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