Ursula Karusseit

Ursula Karusseit (2 August 1939 1 February 2019) was a German actress.[1]

Ursula Karusseit
with Manfred Krug in Ways Across the Country in 1968
Born(1939-08-02)2 August 1939
Died1 February 2019(2019-02-01) (aged 79)
Spouse(s)Benno Besson
ChildrenPierre Besson

Life and career

Karusseit was born in Elbing, Germany (now Elbląg, Poland). After the expulsion from her hometown, she grew up Parchim and Gera.[2] She studied at the State drama school in East Berlin until 1962 and gave her TV debut in "Was ihr wollt" (an adaption of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night) in 1963. Karrusseit appeared for a long time at the Volksbühne and became one of the most prominent stage actresses in East Germany. From 1986 on she worked for appeared for three years as "Mother Courage" in Cologne.[3][2]

In addition to her stage career, she also appeared in over 50 films and numerous television productions. Her role as Gertrud Habersaat in the TV-mini series Ways across the Country in 1968 also made her a well-known name in West Germany. [4] In 1971 she portrayed German resistance fighter Hilda Coppi in Horst E. Brandt's KLK Calling PTZ – The Red Orchestra.[5]

After the German reunification, she appeared for twenty years until her death in the German hospital series In aller Freundschaft, playing the operator of the hospital's cafeteria.

Karusseit married Benno Besson in 1969 and held Swiss citizenship through her marriage. She died of heart problems in Berlin, aged 79, on 1 February 2019.[6][2]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 KLK Calling PTZ - The Red Orchestra Hilde Coppi
1974 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz Gisi Kemmel
1980 Levins Mühle Frau Rosinke
1981 Die Stunde der Töchter Ruth
Year Title Role Notes
1968 Ways across the Country Gertrud Habersaat
1998-2019 In aller Freundschaft Charlotte Gauß



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