Liselotte Pulver, in 1971
October 11, 1929 |
Liselotte Pulver (born October 11, 1929), sometimes credited as Lilo Pulver, is a Swiss actress. Pulver was one of the stars of German cinema in the 1950s and 1960s, where she often was cast as a tomboy. She is well known for her hearty and joyful laughter.
Pulver was born in Bern to civil engineer Fritz Eugen Pulver and his wife Germaine. In 1960, she met German actor Helmut Schmid on the set of Gustav Adolfs Page: they married on 9 September 1961. The couple had two children, son Marc-Tell (born 1962) and daughter Melisande (born 1967).
Her daughter committed suicide in 1989. Her husband died in 1992 of a heart attack. Pulver lives secluded in Perroy, Canton Vaud on the shores of Lake Geneva; she also has an apartment at the Burgerheim, a retirement home near Bern.
From 1945 on she attended commercial school. After graduating in 1948, she worked as a model and took acting classes at the Bern conservatory, now part of the Bern University of Applied Sciences. Following small parts at the Bern Theatre (Stadttheater Bern), she appeared at the renowned Schauspielhaus Zürich, one of the most prestigious German-speaking theatres. Her breakthrough movie role was "Vreneli", the wife of the lead in Uli, der Knecht, made after the novel of Swiss author Jeremias Gotthelf. One of her most recognizable roles in American cinema is that of James Cagney's sexy secretary in Billy Wilder's One, Two, Three. For her role as a Russian woman in A Global Affair she was in 1963 nominated for the Golden Globe Award as best supporting actress.
- Swiss Tour (1949)
- The White Hell of Pitz Palu (1950)
- A Heidelberg Romance (Paul Verhoeven, 1951) (opposite O. W. Fischer)
- Klettermaxe (Kurt Hoffmann, 1952) (opposite Albert Lieven)
- I Often Think of Piroschka (Kurt Hoffmann, 1955) (opposite Gustav Knuth and Gunnar Möller)
- Heute heiratet mein Mann (Kurt Hoffmann, 1956) (alongside Johannes Heesters and Paul Hubschmid)
- The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (Jacques Becker, 1957) (opposite O. E. Hasse)
- Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (Kurt Hoffmann, 1957) (opposite Horst Buchholz)
- The Zurich Engagement (Helmut Käutner, 1957) (with Paul Hubschmid und Bernhard Wicki)
- A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk; USA, 1957) (starring John Gavin and Erich Maria Remarque)
- Das Wirtshaus im Spessart (Kurt Hoffmann, 1958) (with Carlos Thompson, Hubert von Meyerinck and Wolfgang Neuss)
- Helden (a German version of Arms and the Man) (Franz Peter Wirth, 1958) (opposite O. W. Fischer)
- Buddenbrooks (Alfred Weidenmann, 1959) (starring Hansjörg Felmy, Lil Dagover and Werner Hinz)
- Gustav Adolfs Page (Rolf Hansen, 1960)
- Das Glas Wasser (Helmut Käutner, 1960) (opposite Gustaf Gründgens)
- Das Spukschloß im Spessart (Kurt Hoffmann, 1960) (opposite Georg Thomalla)
- One, Two, Three (Billy Wilder; USA, 1961) (alongside James Cagney, Hanns Lothar, Horst Buchholz, Hubert von Meyerinck and Leon Askin)
- Maléfices (Henri Decoin, 1962) (with Juliette Gréco)
- Kohlhiesels Töchter (Axel von Ambesser, 1962) (opposite Dietmar Schönherr)
- Breakfast in Bed (1963)
- A Global Affair (Jack Arnold; USA, 1964) (starring Bob Hope)
- Monsieur (1964) (starring Jean Gabin)
- Man from Cocody (1965) (starring Jean Marais)
- Praetorius (Kurt Hoffmann, 1965) (opposite Heinz Rühmann)
- The Nun (Jacques Rivette, 1966) (starring Anna Karina)
- Hokuspokus oder: Wie lasse ich meinen Mann verschwinden...? (Kurt Hoffmann, 1966) (opposite Heinz Rühmann)
- Herrliche Zeiten im Spessart (Kurt Hoffmann, 1967) (alongside Harald Leipnitz, Vivi Bach und Hannelore Elsner)
- Le Tiroir secret (1986) TV mini-series
- Das Superweib (1996) (starring Veronica Ferres)
- René Deltgen – Der sanfte Rebell (Michael Wenk; Luxembourg, 2004, documentary) (alongside Götz George, Nadja Tiller, Artur Brauner and Michael Verhoeven)
- "Das schönste Lachen des Films", Focus (11 October 2009)
- "Ausstellung zu Lilo Pulver im Filmmuseum Frankfurt", Rhein-Zeitung (19 September 2008) (German)
- Uli, der Knecht at the Internet Movie Database
- "Bayerischer Filmpreis – "Pierrot" – Past recipients" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-12-16.
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