Iris Berben

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Iris Berben
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Berben at Lit. Cologne Literature Festival (2007).
Born (1950-08-12) 12 August 1950 (age 65)
Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Occupation actress
Years active 1968–present
Partner(s) Gabriel Lewy (1974–2006)
Heiko Kiesow (2007–present)

Iris Berben (born 12 August 1950) is a German actress.


Berben was born in Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia. She grew up in Hamburg, where her parents ran a restaurant.[1] After the Six-day War in 1967 she travelled to Israel, and afterwards became the partner of the Israeli singer Abi Ofarim. Since then she has been associated with the pro-Israel lobby and has campaigned against antisemitism. She had a son, Oliver, in 1971, but never revealed the identity of the father.[1]

In 2010, together with Bruno Ganz she was elected president of the German Film Academy.




  1. ^ a b "Iris Berben enthüllt ihre Jugendsünden". From an interview with the Reader's Digest (in German). rp online. 25 April 2002. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 

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