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Also Known As: Marianne Steiger Died:
Born: August 27, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: actor, cabaret producer, director, magazine editorial assistant, medical assistant

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This Rubanesque character player with a heart-shaped face and child-like features began her career as a leading producer and performer of Germany's alternative theater/cabaret scene. The eclectic background of Marianne Sagebrecht included stints as a medical lab assistant and magazine assistant editor before she found her calling in show business. Claiming to be inspired by Bavaria's mad King Ludwig II, she became known as the "mother of Munich's sub-culture" as producer and performer of avant-garde theater and cabaret revues, particularly with her troupe Opera Curiosa. Spotted by director Percy Adlon in a 1977 production of "Adele Spitzeder" in which she essayed the role of a delicate prostitute, Sagebrecht was cast as Madame Sanchez/Mrs. Sancho Panza in Adlon's TV special "Herr Kischott" (1979), a spin on "Don Quixote". The director put her in his 1983 feature "The Swing" in a small role and then created the leading role of Marianne, an overweight mortician in love with a subway conductor, in "Sugarbaby" (1985) especially for her.American films beckoned as well and Sagebrecht was often cast in roles tailored to her unique abilities. Paul Mazursky reworked the part of a Teutonic masseuse for her in...

This Rubanesque character player with a heart-shaped face and child-like features began her career as a leading producer and performer of Germany's alternative theater/cabaret scene. The eclectic background of Marianne Sagebrecht included stints as a medical lab assistant and magazine assistant editor before she found her calling in show business. Claiming to be inspired by Bavaria's mad King Ludwig II, she became known as the "mother of Munich's sub-culture" as producer and performer of avant-garde theater and cabaret revues, particularly with her troupe Opera Curiosa. Spotted by director Percy Adlon in a 1977 production of "Adele Spitzeder" in which she essayed the role of a delicate prostitute, Sagebrecht was cast as Madame Sanchez/Mrs. Sancho Panza in Adlon's TV special "Herr Kischott" (1979), a spin on "Don Quixote". The director put her in his 1983 feature "The Swing" in a small role and then created the leading role of Marianne, an overweight mortician in love with a subway conductor, in "Sugarbaby" (1985) especially for her.

American films beckoned as well and Sagebrecht was often cast in roles tailored to her unique abilities. Paul Mazursky reworked the part of a Teutonic masseuse for her in "Moon Over Parador" (1988) while Danny De Vito tailored the part of the German housekeeper for a divorcing couple in "The War of the Roses" (1989). Returning to Germany, she shone as the timid maid in the 1930s who marries her Jewish employer for convenience then falls in love in "Martha and I" (1990; released in the USA in 1995). Sagebrecht headlined the black comedy as an unhappy wife whose straying husband plots her death in "Mona Must Die" (1994) and had small supporting parts in "The Ogre" (1996) and "Lost Luggage" (1998).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999) Bonemine (English Version: Benamenture)
3.
 Left Luggage (1998) Mrs Silberschmidt--Chaja'S Mother
4.
 Spanish Fly (1998) Rosa
5.
 Soleil (1997) Tata Jeannette
6.
 Ogre, The (1996) Frau Netta
7.
 All Men Are Mortal (1995) Annie
8.
 Erotique (1994) Hilde ("Taboo Parlor")
9.
 Mona Must Die (1994) Mona Von Snead
10.
 Dust Devil (1993) Dr Leidzinger
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Raised in Bachhausen
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Moved to Munich at age 16
1961:
Trained as medical lab assistant
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Worked as assistant to neuro-psychiatrist
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Managed "Spinnradl" cabaret-revue group in Starnberg with husband
1975:
Assistant photography editor of COLORS magazine
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Managed artists' meeting place, "Mutti Brau"
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Produced and performed with cabaret/revue group "Opera Curiosa"; appeared on TV and at State Theater in Munich
1977:
Spotted playing a prostitute in "Adele Spitzeder" in Munich by Percy Adlon
1980:
TV debut as Mrs. Sanchez (Mrs. Sancho Panza) in Percy Adlon's "Monsieur Kischott"
1982:
Created the cabaret revue "Talzewurm"
1983:
Screen acting debut in Adlon's "The Swing"
1985:
First leading film role in "Sugarbaby/Zuckerbaby", directed by Adlon
1988:
First English-language film, "Bagdad Cafe", also directed by Adlon
1989:
Had lead in Adlon's "Rosalie Goes Shoppping"
1989:
Co-starred in the US-produced "The War of the Roses"
1990:
Played a German maid who marries her Jewish employer in "Martha and I"
1994:
Portrayed a wife whose husaband was constantly trying to kill her in the black comedy "Mona Must Die"
1996:
Had featured role in Volker Schlondorff's "The Ogre"
1998:
Played supporting role of heroine's mother in "Left Luggage", directed by Jeroen Krabbe
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Notes

"I think people like the idea that I'm happy with who and what I am. What I am: it is round. ANd they are saying, 'Thank God, we are allowed to meet a real human being in the movies.'" --Marianne Sagebrecht to THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 13, 1990

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husband:
Fritz. Married in 1964; divorced in 1975.

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father:
Georg. Killed during WWII in April 1945.
mother:
Agnes. Seamstress.
step-sister:
Renate.
daughter:
Daniela. Born in 1967.
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