Ingrid Caven

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For the novel, see Ingrid Caven (novel).
Ingrid Caven
Born (1938-08-03) 3 August 1938 (age 78)
Saarbrücken, Germany
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Rainer Werner Fassbinder (m. 1970–72)
Partner(s) Jean-Jacques Schuhl
Relatives Trudeliese Schmidt (sister)

Ingrid Caven (born 3 August 1938) is a German film actress and singer.


Caven has appeared in over 50 films. Her film debut was in 1969 in the short film Fernes Jamaica; this was swiftly followed by her first feature film Love Is Colder Than Death directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, to whom she was briefly married (1970–72).

Her career was at its peak in the 1970s and early 1980s, mostly in film. In 1979 she was a member of the jury at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] In 1981 Caven starred alongside Carole Bouquet in the film Day of the Idiots as a doctor, and the next year she won an award for Outstanding Individual Achievement: Actress at the German Film Awards for her performance as Inga in the film Looping - Der lange Traum vom kurzen Glück.

Currently[when?] Caven is living with French writer Jean-Jacques Schuhl, whose book Ingrid Caven won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2000. Her younger sister Trudeliese Schmidt (1943–2004) was an opera singer and also an actress.

Selected filmography[edit]


regular albums[edit]

  • Au Pigall's (1978 LP Barclay, live in Paris, re-released on CD Barclay in 2001)
  • Der Abendstern (1979 LP RCA, re-released on CD Viellieb Rekords in 1999)
  • Live In Hamburg (1980 LP RCA, concert at Audimax Hamburg, May 9, 1980)
  • Erinnerungen An Édith Piaf (1983 LP RCA, Édith Piaf chansons with German lyrics)
  • Spass (1986 LP Schariwari)
  • Chante Piaf 'En Public' (1989 LP Clever, recorded in 1988, live at Théâtre de l'Athénée, Paris, re-released on CD Fpr Music in 2001)
  • Chambre 1050 (1996 CD Arcade/2000 CD Tricatel, 13 songs from Helle Nacht in French)
  • Helle Nacht (1998 CD Viellieb Rekords, 16 songs, German version of Chambre 1050)


  • Chansons und Themen aus Fassbinder Filmen (1994 CD Alhambra, includes 3 Caven songs from the movie "Mutter Küsters Fahrt zum Himmel/Mother Kuesters Goes To Heaven", 1975)
  • Hors saison (CD released in Japan in 1993, includes 6 songs sung by Ingrid Caven)


  1. ^ "Berlinale 1979: Juries". Retrieved 2010-08-08. 

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