Margit Carstensen

Margit Carstensen (born 29 February 1940) is a German theatre and film actress, best known outside Germany for roles in the works of film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Margit Carstensen is the daughter of a physician, and was born and raised in the north-German city of Kiel. Upon graduation from the local Gymnasium in 1958, she attended acting school in Hamburg. This education led to her first stage appearances in Kleve, Heilbronn, M√ľnster and Braunschweig. In 1965 Margit Carstensen received a four year engagement with the Deutsches Schauspielhaus (German Playhouse) in Hamburg. There she played leading roles in plays by, among others, John Osborne and the classical Spanish playwright Lope de Vega. In 1969 she gained local fame in the Theater am Goetheplatz in Bremen, where she met director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. She then worked under his direction in a comedy by the eighteenth century Venetian Carlo Goldoni The Coffee Shop (which was recorded for television in 1970), bringing her to national fame.


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