28 January 1945 |
|Occupation||Actress, opera director|
Keller's earliest film appearances were in Funeral in Berlin (1966, in which she was not credited) and the German film Wilder Reiter GmbH (1967). She appeared in a series of French films in the 1970s, including Un cave (1971), La raison du plus fou (1973) and Toute une vie (And Now My Love, 1974). Her most famous American film appearances are her Golden Globe-nominated performance as Dustin Hoffman's girlfriend in Marathon Man (1976) and her performance as a femme fatale pro-Palestinian terrorist who leads an attack on the Super Bowl in Black Sunday (1977). Keller acted alongside Al Pacino in the 1977 romantic drama film Bobby Deerfield, based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel Heaven Has No Favorites, and subsequently the two of them were involved in a relationship. She also acted alongside William Holden in Billy Wilder's 1978 romantic drama Fedora.
Known theater work
In 2001, Keller appeared in an all-star Broadway adaptation of Abby Mann's play Judgment at Nuremberg, directed by John Tillinger, as Mrs. Bertholt, in the role played by Marlene Dietrich in the 1961 Stanley Kramer film version. She was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress for this performance.
In addition to her work in film and theatre, Keller has developed a career in classical music as a speaker and opera director. She has performed the speaking role of Joan of Arc in Arthur Honegger's oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher on several occasions, with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur. She has recorded the role for Deutsche Grammophon with Ozawa (DG 429 412-2). Keller has also recited the spoken part in Igor Stravinsky's Perséphone. She has performed classical music melodramas for speaker and piano in recital. The Swiss composer Michael Jarrell wrote the melodrama Cassandre, after the novel of Christa Wolf, for Keller, who gave the world premiere in 1994.
Keller's first production as an opera director was Dialogues des Carmélites, for Opéra National du Rhin, in 1999. This production subsequently received a semi-staged performance in London that year. She has also directed Lucia di Lammermoor for Washington National Opera and for Los Angeles Opera. Her directorial debut at the Metropolitan Opera was in a 2004 production of Don Giovanni.
Keller has one son, Alexandre (born 1971), from her relationship with director Philippe de Broca.
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- Lloyd Schwartz, "Winding down or revving up?" The Boston Phoenix, 25 April to 1 May, 2003.
- Words of the Romantics, Accompanied by Piano." The New York Times, 23 March 1992.
- Michael Billington, "A soulful martyrdom." The Guardian, 6 August 1999.
- Joshua Kosman, "Netrebko's voice buoys L.A. 'Lucia.'" The San Francisco Chronicle, 15 December 2003.
- Anthony Tommasini, "A Monster From Mozart, Oozing Seductive Charm." The New York Times, 3 March 2004.
- Martin Bernheimer, "Don Giovanni/Metropolitan Opera, New York." The London Financial Times, 3 March, 2004.
- Peter G. Davis, "Shaving Crème." New York Magazine, 22 March 2004.
- Marthe Keller at the Internet Movie Database
- Yahoo! Movies biography of Marthe Keller
- Marthe Keller at AllMovie