Marianne Simson

Marianne Simson (July 29, 1920 – July 15, 1992) was a German dancer and film actress.

Marianne Simson
Born29 July 1920
Died15 July 1992
Füssen, Bavaria, Germany
Other namesMarianne Lena Elisabeth Clara Simson
OccupationActress, Dancer
Years active1935 - 1945 (film)

She was born in Berlin as the daughter of an insurance clerk John Edward Simson. Her brother was Helmut Simson, who later served as mayor of Wolfsburg. Originally trained as a ballerina, she made her screen debut in Frisions in Distress (1935) and went on to appear in another seventeen films over the next decade, generally in supporting roles.

In 1944 she informed on a Germany army major to the Gestapo for allegedly making comments supportive of the 20 July plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.[1] Following the defeat of Germany, Simson was arrested by the Soviet NKVD and placed in a series of detention camps. In 1950 she was sentenced to eight years in prison, but was given an early release in 1952 and moved to West Germany. She worked as a choreographer in some stage productions, and married the theatre director Wilhelm List Diehl.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1939 Schneewittchen und die Seiben Zwerge Schneewittchen
1941 The Swedish Nightingale Karin Nielsson
1942 Two in a Big City Inge Torff
Andreas Schlüter Leonore Schlüter
1943 The Bath in the Barn Nina, junge Magd
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
1944 The Buchholz Family Emmi, beider Tochter
Marriage of Affection Emmi Wrenzchen
1948 An Everyday Story Anneliese Schwarz


  1. Barker p.182


  • Barker, Peter. GDR and Its History. Rodopi, 2000.

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