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Loriot and Evelyn Hamann around 1980
6 August 1942|
28 October 2007 (aged 65)|
Evelyn Hamann (6 August 1942 – 28 October 2007) was a German actress. She was born into a family of musicians in Hamburg, Germany: her father Bernhard Hamann was a violinist, the concertmaster of the NDR symphony orchestra, and founder of the Hamann Quartet; her mother was a singer and music teacher, and her brother Gerhard was a professor of cello at the Trossingen School of Music. Evelyn Hamann liked to keep her private life out of the public eye, so little is known about her life off-camera. Between 1964 and 1976 she was married to Hans Walter Braun, whom she met while acting in Hamburg. After her divorce she lived with her partner, actor de:Stefan Behrens. She died during the night of 28 to 29 October 2007 in Hamburg, as a result of lymphoma.
Education and first work
After an acting course at Hamburg University of Music and the Performing Arts, where she was taught by Eduard Marks, among others, Hamann started a career on the stage. She took on small roles at the Thalia Theater, and from 1968 her stage career took her to Göttingen, Heidelberg and Bremen, where she played Marthe Schwertlein in Goethe's Urfaust.
From 1976 Evelyn Hamann featured in many comedy sketches in Loriot's television programmes. Her comedic effect was enhanced by her ability to appear deadly serious or stiffly formal, despite absurd situations.
Hamann acted in Loriot's films Ödipussi (1987) and Pappa ante Portas (1991).
Hamann appeared as housekeeper Karsta Michaelis in the television soap opera The Black Forest Clinic in the 1980s and later as Thea in medical drama Der Landarzt (The Country Doctor).
From 1992 she played the title role in the ARD television series Adelheid und ihre Mörder (Adelheid and her murderers).
- 1985-1989 - The Black Forest Clinic
- 1987 - Evelyn und die Männer
- 1989/1991/1992 - Der Millionenerbe
- 1989/1991/1992 - Kein pflegeleichter Fall
- 1991 - Glückliche Reise
- 1992 - Vater braucht eine Frau
- 1992-1999 - Evelyn Hamann Specials
- 1993-2005 - Evelyn Hamanns Geschichten aus dem Leben
- 1992-2006 - Adelheid und ihre Mörder
- 1995 - Das Traumschiff
- 1998 - Wut im Bauch
- 1999 - Ehe-Bruch
- 1977 - Goldene Kamera ("Best supporting role" with Loriot)
- 1987 - Goldene Kamera (3rd place for "Best Comedy" for "Evelyn und die Männer")
- 1993 - Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- 1997 - Telestar "Best actress in a series" for "Adelheid und ihre Mörder"
- 1997 - Bayerischer Fernsehpreis "Best actress in a series" for Beste "Adelheid und ihre Mörder"
- 1997 - Goldene Kamera
- 1998 - Honorary Superintendent of the Bavarian Police Force
- 2000 - Deutscher Videopreis (with Loriot)
- 2002 - Münchhausen-Preis
- Goldener Löwe
- "Evelyn Hamann wird in Hamburg beigesetzt". RP Online (in German). RP Digital. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
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