She was the mistress of the Nazi leader Martin Bormann during the Second World War.
Because of her relationship to the infamous Martin Bormann (uncovered by the British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper) she was forbidden to act in films for twenty years.
Worked as a dental assistant while taking acting classes under Waldemar Staegemann and Erich Ponto.
Daughter of a lawyer and public trustee.
Ensemble member of the Dresdner Staatsschauspiel from 1935 to 1953, the Volksbühne Berlin from 1954 to 1967, and the Maxim Gorky Theater from 1967 to 1991.