German autobiographers

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  1. Marlene Dietrich

    Marlene Dietrich


    Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (mɑrˈlnəˈdtrɪk, 27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German-American actress and singer.

  2. Uschi Obermaier

    Uschi Obermaier


    Ursula "Uschi" Obermaier (September 24, 1946) is a former fashion model, actress and is associated with the 1968 left-wing movement in Germany. In the latter she is considered an iconic sex symbol of the so-called "1968 generation" and the protests of 1968.

  3. Nina Hagen

    Nina Hagen


    Catharina "Nina" Hagen (born 11 March 1955) is a German singer and actress. Born in East Berlin, German Democratic Republic, Hagen first pursued her career in the mid 1970s. In 1974, she joined the band Automobil. During that time she appeared in a number of German movies. After moving to West Berlin in 1976, she formed the Nina Hagen Band and signed with CBS Records. The band released two album before Hagen decided to pursue her career as a solo artist.

  4. Sido



    Paul Würdig (born 30 November 1980), better known as Sido, is a German rapper.

  5. Bushido



    Anis Mohamed Youssef Ferchichi (born 28 September 1978), better known as Bushido, is a German rapper. The word "bushido" is Japanese and means "Way of the Warrior". He also uses the pseudonym Sonny Black, based on Dominic Napolitano. As of 2009, he sold more than 1.5 million albums in Germany alone. He is the owner of the record label ersguterjunge and entrepreneur in the real estate industry.

  6. Dieter Bohlen

    Dieter Bohlen


    Dieter Günther Bohlen (7 February 1954, Berne, Lower Saxony, near Oldenburg) is a German songwriter, singer, musician, producer, entertainer, and TV personality. Bohlen is best known for being part of popular pop-duo Modern Talking during 1984 –1987 and 1998 – 2003.

  7. Hildegard Knef

    Hildegard Knef


    Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef (28 December 1925 – 1 February 2002) was a German actress, singer, and writer. She was billed in some English language films as Hildegard Neff or Hildegarde Neff.

  8. Hardy Krüger

    Hardy Krüger


    Hardy Krüger (born Franz Eberhard August Krüger; 12 April 1928) is a German actor.

  9. Richard Wagner

    Richard Wagner


    Wilhelm Richard Wagner (ˈvɑːɡnər; 22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas (or, as some of his later works were later known, "music dramas"). Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Weber and Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama, and which was announced in a series of essays between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).

  10. Philipp Lahm

    Philipp Lahm


    Philipp Lahm (born 11 November 1983) is a German professional footballer who plays as a right back or defensive midfielder for Bayern Munich. He played for the German national team until his retirement in 2014 from international football. He is the captain of his club, having skippered them to numerous honours including the 2013 UEFA Champions League as part of the Treble. He is also a former captain of his national team, which he led to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, before retiring from international football.

  11. Thomas Mann

    Thomas Mann


    Paul Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. His highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Goethe, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.

  12. Emilie Schindler

    Emilie Schindler


    Emilie Schindler (22 October 1907 – 5 October 2001) was a Sudetenland-German born woman who, with her husband Oskar Schindler, helped to save the lives of 1,200 to 1,700 Jews during World War II by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories, providing them immunity from the Nazis. Oskar Schindler, a Sudeten German industrialist, created the now famous list of Schindler's Jews.

  13. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (ˈɡɜrtə; 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him are extant. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  14. Hape Kerkeling

    Hape Kerkeling


    Hans Peter Wilhelm "Hape" Kerkeling (born 9 December 1964, in Recklinghausen, Germany) is a German actor, presenter and comedian.

  15. Heiner Lauterbach

    Heiner Lauterbach


    Heiner Lauterbach (born 10 April 1953) is a German actor.

  16. Charlotte Kerr

    Charlotte Kerr


    Charlotte Kerr (May 29, 1927 – December 28, 2011) was a German director, film producer, actress, writer and journalist.

  17. Daniel Küblböck

    Daniel Küblböck


    Daniel Küblböck (born 27 August 1985 in Hutthurm, Lower Bavaria) is a German pop-singer and actor who achieved short-lived celebrity in 2003, in the media-circus that surrounded the first season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (DSDS), the German version of Pop Idol, in which he came third. He was briefly promoted as Daniel K, but reverted to his legal name when it emerged that this name had already been trademarked.

  18. Erika Mann

    Erika Mann


    Erika Julia Hedwig Mann (November 9, 1905 – August 27, 1969) was a German actress and writer, the eldest daughter of novelist Thomas Mann and Katia Mann.

  19. Samy Deluxe

    Samy Deluxe


    Samy Sorge (born 19 December 1977), commonly known as Samy Deluxe, Wickeda MC or Sam Semillia is a German rapper, and hip hop artist from Hamburg. When his Sudanese father left Germany when Samy Deluxe was just two years old, Samy grew up with his mother's family. His half-sister was born shortly after his father left. The family lived in Barmbek for many years, then moved to Eppendorf, a better-off part of Hamburg. His family was able to make this move after a recommendation from a family friend after his mother remarried. He attended the Wolfgang-Borchert-Schule and attained the Realschulabschluss, or certificate of general education similar to a high school diploma or British GCSE. He cites his upbringing in a middle-class neighbourhood as part of his inspiration. He says he felt out of place, “At (one) point I would stand out in front of my own house and people who lived here before me would ask “can I help you?”. Additionally, he cites American rappers as his inspiration instead of relying on German history. Samy recalls taking up an interest in rap music in 1988.

  20. Willy Brandt

    Willy Brandt


    Willy Brandt (born Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm; 18 December 1913 – 8 October 1992) was a German statesman and politician, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) from 1964 to 1987 and chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1969 to 1974. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971 for his efforts to strengthen cooperation in western Europe through the EEC and to achieve reconciliation between West Germany and the countries of Eastern Europe. He was the first Social Democrat chancellor since 1930.

  21. Konrad Adenauer

    Konrad Adenauer


    Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer (5 January 1876 – 19 April 1967) was a German statesman. As the first post-war Chancellor of Germany (West Germany) from 1949 to 1963, he led his country from the ruins of World War II to a productive and prosperous nation that forged close relations with France, Great Britain and the United States. During his years in power Germany achieved democracy, stability, international respect and economic prosperity ("Wirtschaftswunder", German for "economic miracle"). He was the first leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), a Christian Democratic party that under his leadership became, and has since usually been, the most powerful party in the country.

  22. Rolf Zacher

    Rolf Zacher


    Rolf Zacher (born 28 March 1941) is a German actor. He has appeared in more than 160 films and television shows since 1961. He starred in the 1971 film Jaider, der einsame Jäger, which was entered into the 21st Berlin International Film Festival.

  23. Christiane Felscherinow

    Christiane Felscherinow


    Christiane F. (born Vera Christiane Felscherinow on 20 May 1962) is a German actress and musician who is best known for her contribution to the 1979 autobiographical book Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo [We Children of Bahnhof Zoo], and the film based on the book, in which her teenage drug use is documented.

  24. Senait Ghebrehiwet Mehari

    Senait Ghebrehiwet Mehari


    Senait Ghebrehiwet Mehari is an Eritrean-born German singer. She goes professionally by her single name "Senait". She is also known as Senait Mehari, although this is a common understanding and is due to the Europeanization of an Eritrean naming convention.

  25. Domenica Niehoff

    Domenica Niehoff


    Domenica Anita Niehoff (3 August 1945 – 12 February 2009), also known as Domenica, was a German prostitute and activist. She appeared in television shows in the 1980s, where she campaigned for legalization of the profession.

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