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Meret Becker in 2008
15 January 1969 |
Meret Becker (born 15 January 1969) is a German actress and singer.
Life and career
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Meret Becker was born in Bremen, the daughter of the actors Monika Hansen and Rolf Becker but she was raised in Berlin by her mother with her stepfather Otto Sander along with her brother Ben Becker. She is the granddaughter of the comedian Claire Schlichting and the niece of the acrobat and comedian Jonny Buchardt.
In 1996, she married Alexander Hacke (a member of the band Einstürzende Neubauten), who contributed songs to Becker's albums, including Noctambule. They separated in 2000 and divorced two years later. Becker was a guest musician on Einstürzende Neubauten's album Ende Neu, singing "Stella Maris" - in a duet with Blixa Bargeld.
She played the character Erna Eggstein in the 1997 German film Comedian Harmonists, as well as Katya, a prostitute, in Painted Angels. A year later, in 1998, she gave several performances along with Nina Hagen. The short but sold-out tour was titled "Wir heißen beide Anna" in which both Becker and Hagen sang several songs by Bertold Brecht, set to music by Paul Dessau and Kurt Weill.
Meret has since recorded two studio albums, Nachtmahr, which featured Robert Rutman playing his giant sheetmetal instruments on several tracks, and Fragiles. Just like the first album, both of them contain songs, poetry and short stories, played with unusual instruments and avant-garde arrangements. In 1993, she appeared as the female singer in the U2 video for Stay (Faraway, So Close!). In 2005, she was a supporting actress in the film Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg.
- Noctambule (1996)
- Nachtmahr (1998)
- Fragiles (2001)
- Pipermint - Das Leben, möglicherweise OST (2005)
- Deins & Done (2014)
- 1993-'95 (live album with Ars Vitalis) (1995)
- Stella Maris (duet with Einstürzende Neubauten) (1996)
- Performed on Dorothy Carter's album Lonesome Dove (2000)
- Werner – Beinhart! (1990), as Rumpelstilzchen
- Allein unter Frauen (1991), as Leah
- Happy Birthday, Türke! (1992), as Hanna Hecht
- Little Sharks (1992), as Herta
- Music Video for Stay (Faraway, So Close!) by U2 (1993)
- The Invincibles (1994), as Sunny Schaefer
- The Blue One (1994), as Isabelle Skrodt
- The Promise (1995), as Sophie
- Killer Condom (1996), as Phyllis Higgins
- Rossini – oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief (1997), as Zille Watussnik
- Diamanten küsst man nicht (TV film, 1997), as Charlie
- Life is All You Get (1997), as Moni
- Comedian Harmonists (1997), as Erna Eggstein
- Painted Angels (1998), as Katya
- Annaluise & Anton (1999), as Elli Gast
- Der Vulkan (1999), as Tilly von Kammer
- Der Einstein des Sex (1999), as Arbeiterin
- Il furto del tesoro (TV movie) (2000), as Lulu
- Pipermint... das Leben möglicherweise (2004), as Sanja
- Munich (2005), as Yvonne
- Messy Christmas (2007)
- Kokowääh (2011), as Charlotte
- Wetlands (2013), as Helen's mother
- Sources of Life (2013), as Elisabeth Freytag
- 1995 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Actress for Das Versprechen
- 1998 German Film Awards, Outstanding Individual Achievement: Supporting Actress in Comedian Harmonists
- 2005 Max Ophüls Festival, Film Score Award for Pipermint - Das Leben, möglicherweise OST
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
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