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Carstens began her career as an actress before the First World War at the Court Theatre in Karlsruhe. It belonged to during the First World War and shortly thereafter the cabaret retort to the writer Ringelnatz to. She was married to the author Otto Ernst Sutter until his death in 1970.
She began her film career 1922. The director Douglas Sirk gave her various leading roles.
After the Second World War she continued her career as a character actress. She also managed to get roles in the New German Cinema.
In the ZDF television series Der Bastian (1973) she had a role alongside Horst Janson and Karin Anselm. In 1972 she won the Film Award for her many years of service, in 1975 she was the same award for their outstanding performance in Lina Braake honored.
She received a burial at sea in the North Sea .
- The Girl from the Marsh Croft (1935)
- To New Shores (1937)
- The Broken Jug (1937)
- Heimat (1938)
- A Gust of Wind (1942)
- The Green Salon (1942)
- Wedding in Barenhof (1942)
- Bluebeard (1951)
- My Name is Niki (1952)
- Illusion in a Minor Key (1952)
- A Heart Plays False (1953)
- Arlette Conquers Paris (1953)
- Wir Wunderkinder (1958)
- Das schwarze Schaf (1960)
- Er kann's nicht lassen (1962)
- Der Räuber Hotzenplotz (1974)
- Lina Braake (1975)
- Der Schimmelreiter (1978)
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