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)[1] was an Austrian actress. She worked in film, often with Rainer Werner Fassbinder.


Valentin was born in 1940 as Ursula Ledersteger in Vienna, Austria.[2][3] Her father was the Austrian art director, Hans Ledersteger and her mother the actress, Irmgard Alberti. She had a half-brother, Alfred Ledersteger. She was married to German film director Helmut Dietl.[2]

During the early to mid-1980s, Valentin was close friends with Freddie Mercury. She is featured in the music video for the Queen song, It's a Hard Life.

During her career, Valentin was nicknamed "the German Jayne Mansfield".[4]

On 22 February 2002, Valentin died of a stroke in Munich, Germany at the age of 61.[4] She was buried in the Ostfriedhof in Munich, Germany.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1960 Horrors of Spider Island Babs Fritz Böttger horror film
1961 The Girl with the Narrow Hips [de] (German: Das Mädchen mit den schmalen Hüften) Beauty queen Johannes Kai
1961 The Festival Girls [de] Valentine Leigh Jason
1961 There is Still Room in Hell [de] (German: In der Hölle ist noch Platz) Janet Ernst R. von Theumer [de]
1961 Our Man in Jamaica Gloria Ernst R. von Theumer [de]
1968 The Star Maker Hotel maid John Carr
1971 Furchtlose Flieger Blondie Veith von Fürstenberg, Martin Müller
1972 King, Queen, Knave Optician Jerzy Skolimowski
1973 World on a Wire (German: Welt am Draht) Gloria Fromm Rainer Werner Fassbinder[5] TV film
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (German: Angst essen Seele auf) Barbara Rainer Werner Fassbinder A film about an older German woman who enters an Arab bar where she meets and marries a younger man from Morocco.[3][6]
1974 Martha Marianne Rainer Werner Fassbinder[7] TV film
1974 Effi Briest Marietta Tripelli Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1975 Fox and His Friends (German: Faustrecht der Freiheit) Max's wife Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1976 Bomber & Paganini [de] Mona Nikos Perakis
1977 Women in Hospital Angelika's mother Rolf Thiele
1978 Flaming Hearts Karola Faber Walter Bockmayer, Rolf Bührmann
1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz Ida Rainer Werner Fassbinder 15½-hour television adaptation of Alfred Döblin's epic 1929 novel[8]
1981 Lili Marleen Eva Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1981 Looping Helma Walter Bockmayer, Rolf Bührmann
1984 Hell is in Heaven (German: Im Himmel ist die Hölle los) Erika Schrillmann Helmer von Lützelburg Satirical film
1987 The Second Victory Greta Mayer Gerald Thomas


  1. ^ "Barbara Valentin, German actress". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b Bret, David (2014). Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Biography. ISBN 9781291819434.
  3. ^ a b Reimer, Robert C.; Reimer, Carol J. (2010). The A to Z of German Cinema. Plymouth, U.K.: Scarecrow Press. p. 300. ISBN 9781461731863.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Lim, Dennis (10 April 2010). "A Bold Vision, Still Ahead of Its Time". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Angst essen Seele auf". Festival de Cannes (in French). Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  7. ^ Holden, Stephen (1994). "FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW; Fassbinder on the Painfully Tight Bonds of Marriage". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Screen: By Fassbinder, 'BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ'". The New York Times. 10 August 1983. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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