Iris Berben

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Iris Berben
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Iris Berben in 2017
Born (1950-08-12) 12 August 1950 (age 68)
Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Years active2000–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, Berben was elected president of the German Film Academy. She served as a SPD delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2017.[2]




  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.
  2. ^ Ralf Euler (November 23, 2016), 45 Hessen wählen mit Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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