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Sybille Schmitz

Sybille Schmitz, 1936, with Paul Hartmann
Born December 2, 1909(1909-12-02)
Düren, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Died April 13, 1955 (aged 45)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Spouse(s) Harald G. Petersson

Sybille Schmitz (2 December 1909 – 13 April 1955) was a German actress.



Schmitz attended an acting school in Cologne and got her first engagement at Max Reinhardt's Deutsches Theater in Berlin in 1927. Only one year later, she made her film debut with Freie Fahrt (1928), which attracted her first attention from the critics. Her other early movies include Pabst's Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), Dreyer's Vampyr (1932), and eventually F.P.1 (1932), where she played her first leading role.

Schmitz established herself as a prominent actress in the German cinema with the films which folloowed including Der Herr der Welt (1934), Abschiedswalzer (1934), Ein idealer Gatte (1935), and Fährmann Maria (1935). She also had roles in Die Umwege des schönen Karl (1937), Dance on the Volcano (1938), Die Frau ohne Vergangenheit (1939), Trenck, der Pandur (1940) and Titanic (1943).

After World War II, it became difficult for Schmitz to land roles. She appeared in the movies Zwischen gestern und morgen (1947), Sensation im Savoy (1950), and Illusion in Moll (1952), but was beset with drug abuse, depression, several suicide attempts and the committal to a psychiatric clinic. Ironically, the last film she made less than two years before taking her own life (1953's Das Haus an der Küste, now considered a lost film) had Sybille's character committing suicide as a last act of desperation.



On April 13, 1955, Schmitz committed suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills. One year later, an action was brought against her doctor for improper medical treatment.

Schmitz's final years were used as the basis for Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1982 movie Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss.

Selected filmography

  • Überfall (1928)
  • Vampyr (1932)
  • Rivalen der Luft (1933)
  • Musik im Blut (1934)
  • Oberwachtmeister Schwenke (1934)
  • Punks kommt aus Amerika (1935)
  • Stradivari (1935)
  • Wenn die Musik nicht wär/Das Lied der Liegbe (1935)
  • Ich war Jack Mortimer (1935)
  • Die Leuchter des Kaisers (1936)
  • Die Unbekannte (1936)
  • Die Kronzeugin (1937)
  • Signal in der Nacht (1937)
  • Es leuchten die Sterne (1938)
  • Hotel Sacher (1939)
  • Die fremde Frau (1939)
  • Clarissa (1941)
  • Wetterleuchten um Barbara (1941)
  • Vom Schicksal verweht (1942)
  • Die Hochstaplerin (1943)
  • Titanic (1943)
  • Das Leben ruft (1944)
  • Die letzte Nacht (1949)
  • Die Lüge (1950)
  • Kronjuwelen (1950)
  • Illusion in Moll (1952)
  • Das Haus an der Küste (1953)

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