Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef was born in the German city of Ulm (December 28, 1925 – February 1, 2002) and was a German actress, singer and writer. She was billed in some English language films as Hildegard Neff or Hildegarde Neff.
She began studying acting in 1940, aged 14. She appeared in several films even before the fall of the Third Reich, but most were not released until after World War II. She was forced to dress as a young man to avoid being raped by the Soviet soldiers and was sent to a POW camp.
Her best-known film roles were as Susanne Wallner in Wolfgang Staudte’s film Die Mörder sind unter uns (The Murderers Are Among Us) (the first film released after the Second World War in East Germany and produced by the Soviet filmmaking enterprise DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme) and Marina in Die Sünderin (The Sinner), in which she performed the first nude scene in German film history, in 1950. The nude scene caused one of the largest… read more