Angela Winkler


Angela Winkler

Born in Templin in 1944, Angela Winkler went to high school in Erlangen but left school before graduating to become an actress. She worked for many years with the directors Peter Zadek, Luc Bondy, Peter Stein, and Robert Wilson, and performed on major stages like the Berliner Schaubühne theater from 1971 – 74.

1969 brought Angela Winkler‘s film debut in Peter Fleischmann’s Jagdszenen aus Niederbayern (Hunting Scenes from Lower Bavaria). In 1975, her performance of the title role in Volker Schlöndorff’s film version of Heinrich Böll’s novella The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum made her a star. Many film roles followed, in such movies as Peter Handke’s 1978 The Left-Handed Woman and Volker Schlöndorff’s 1979 film version of Günther Grass’s The Tin Drum.

Angela Winkler is very versatile. She has performed as a singer and a narrator; in 2019, she wrote an autobiographical book Mein blaues Zimmer (My Blue Room); and she can often be seen in prominent roles onstage. Recently she performed with Joachim Meyerhoff at the Berliner Schaubühne in an adaptation of Christian Kracht’s novel Eurotrash under the direction of Jan Bosse.

She has won many awards for her outstanding accomplishments in various fields, most recently she received the German Drama Prize for her role as Irina in Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

In Leukerbad, together with Klaus Pohl, she will report on the legendary Hamlet staging of 1999, in which she herself played the role of Hamlet.

Mein blaues Zimmer. Autobiographische Skizzen. Kiepenheuer & Witsch 2019


28th Leukerbad International Literary Festival: 6.21.–23.2024