Barbara Valentin

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Barbara Valentin
Barbara Valentin.jpg
Valentin, c. 1959
Ursula Ledersteger

(1940-12-15)15 December 1940
Vienna, Austria
Died22 February 2002(2002-02-22) (aged 61)
Munich, Germany
Other namesBarbara Valentine
Years active1959–2001

Barbara Valentin (born Ursula Ledersteger; 15 December 1940 – 22 February 2002) was an Austrian actress. She worked in film, often with Rainer Werner Fassbinder.


Valentin was born as Ursula Ledersteger in Vienna, Austria. Her father was the Austrian art director Hans Ledersteger and her mother the actress Irmgard Alberti. She had a half brother Alfred Ledersteger.

During the early to mid '80s, Valentin was close friends with Freddie Mercury, and she is featured in the music video for the Queen song "It's a Hard Life".

Valentin was nicknamed "the German Jayne Mansfield" during her acting career.[1]

On 22 February 2002, Valentin died of a stroke in Munich, Germany at the age of 61.[1] She was buried in the Ostfriedhof in Munich, Germany.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Type Notes
1960 Horrors of Spider Island Film horror film directed by Fritz Böttger
1961 The Girl with the Narrow Hips (German: Das Mädchen mit den schmalen Hüften [de]) Film directed by Johannes Kai
1961 The Festival Girls Film directed by Leigh Jason
1961 There is Still Room in Hell (German: In der Hölle ist noch Platz) Film directed by Ernst R. von Theumer [de]
1961 Our Man in Jamaica Film directed by Ernst R. von Theumer [de]
1968 The Star Maker Film directed by John Carr
1971 Furchtlose Flieger Film directed by Veith von Fürstenberg and Martin Müller
1972 King, Queen, Knave Film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
1973 World on a Wire (German: Welt am Draht) Television directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder[2]
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (German: Angst essen Seele auf) Film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1974 Martha Film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, she played the character, "Marianne".[3]
1974 Effi Briest Film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1975 Fox and His Friends (German: Faustrecht der Freiheit) Film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1976 Bomber & Paganini [de] Film directed by Nikos Perakis
1977 Women in Hospital Film directed by Rolf Thiele
1978 Flaming Hearts Film directed by Walter Bockmayer, Rolf Bührmann
1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz Television directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a 15 1/2-hour television adaptation of Alfred Döblin's epic 1929 novel.[4]
1981 Lili Marleen Film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1981 Looping Film directed by Walter Bockmayer, Rolf Bührmann
1984 Hell is in Heaven (German: Im Himmel ist die Hölle los) Film satirical film directed by Helmer von Lützelburg
1987 The Second Victory Film directed by Gerald Thomas


  1. ^ a b Lentz III, Harris M. (2003). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2002: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 309. ISBN 0786414642 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Lim, Dennis (2010-04-10). "A Bold Vision, Still Ahead of Its Time". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (1994). "FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW; Fassbinder on the Painfully Tight Bonds of Marriage". Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  4. ^ "Screen: By Fassbinder, 'BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ'". The New York Times. 1983-08-10. Retrieved 2018-11-23.

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