Susanne Lothar

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Susanne Lothar
Lothar in 2011
Born(1960-11-15)15 November 1960
Died21 July 2012(2012-07-21) (aged 51)
Berlin, Germany
Years active1983–2012
(m. 1997; died 2007)
Parent(s)Hanns Lothar
Ingrid Andree

Susanne Lothar (15 November 1960 – 21 July 2012) was a German film, television and stage actress.

Early life and education[edit]

Susanne Lothar was born on 15 November 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. She was the daughter of actors Hanns Lothar and Ingrid Andree, who divorced in 1965, the year before her father's death.[1] She studied drama at the Hochschule für Theater und Musik (School of Theatre and Music) in Hamburg.[2]


Lothar was a member of the company of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus theatre in Hamburg for many years and her performances include roles in Frank Wedekind's Lulu plays (Erdgeist (Earth Spirit) and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box)), produced by Peter Zadek.[2] For her first film Eisenhans (Strange Fruits, 1983), she received the prize for best young actress at the German Film Awards.[3] With her real-life husband Ulrich Mühe, she appeared as the victimised married couple in the original version of Michael Haneke's Funny Games released in 1997. Lothar worked again with Haneke in The Castle (which also featured Mühe, 1997),[3] as Mrs Schober in The Piano Teacher (2001), and The White Ribbon (2009).[4]

Personal life and death[edit]

Lothar married actor Ulrich Mühe in 1997; the couple had two children. Mühe died from cancer in 2007.[3]

Lothar's death was announced in a written statement by lawyer Christian Schertz, representing her family, on 25 July 2012. The cause of death was not publicly disclosed.[5] Lothar died just a day before the fifth anniversary of her husband's death.



  1. ^ "Biography for Susanne Lothar". IMDb. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Susanne Lothar", Prisma tv Guide (German)
  3. ^ a b c "Susanne Lothar". The Times. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  4. ^ "The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) – Directed by Michael Haneke | Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Tukur, Theo Trebs, Michael Schenk | Film". indieWIRE. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Leading German actress Susanne Lothar dies at 51". BBC News. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.

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