Christine Kaufmann

Christine Kaufmann

Highest Rated: 85% Bagdad Cafe (1987)

Lowest Rated: 20% Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)

Birthday: Jan 11, 1945

Birthplace: Lengdorf, Styria, Austria

Christine Kaufmann was one of Germany's most beloved and successful actresses throughout the second half of the twentieth century. Born on January 11, 1945 in Lengdorf, Styria, Austria, to a French make-up artist and an officer in the German Luftwaffe, Kaufmann grew up in Munich, where she began her entertainment career at a young age. After getting her start as a ballerina with the Munich Opera, Kaufmann made her first film appearance at age 7 with a small part in "The White Horse Inn" (1952). She got her first big break in her home country with the starring role in "Rose-Girl Resli" (1954), before a string of international successes followed, including "The Last Days of Pompeii" (1959), alongside Steve Reeves, and perhaps her most well-known film, the Kirk Douglas drama "Town Without Pity" (1961). Kaufmann made even more headlines when she married Tony Curtis in 1963, at the tender age of 18. They had two children before divorcing in 1968. Kaufmann would go on to have three more marriages: TV director Achim Lenz (1974-1976), musician and actor Reno Eckstein (1979-1982), and artist Klaus Zey (1997-2011). Later in life, Kaufmann also admitted to having an affair with noted Hollywood lothario Warren Beatty. Throughout the '70s and '80s, Kaufmann continued to work in film, most notably on a number of pictures by the auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder, including "The Marriage of Maria Braun" (1972), "World on a Wire" (1973), and "Lola" (1981). She also launched a successful cosmetics line in Germany and released a number of books on health and beauty. Kaufmann's final onscreen role came in 2008, with an appearance on the long running German police procedural "Im Namen des Gesetzes" (RTL, 1994-2008). On March 28, 2017, Christine Kaufmann died in Munich, succumbing to leukemia. She was 72.

Highest rated movies

Bagdad Cafe
Town Without Pity
Lili Marleen
Murders in the Rue Morgue




No Score Yet 55% Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Aunt Polly (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 44% Hard to Be a God Okana (Character) - 1989
85% 88% Bagdad Cafe Debby (Character) $17.9K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Swing Mme. Lautenschlag (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Excluded Frau von Pachthofen (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day of the Idiots Ruth (Character) - 1981
45% 74% Lili Marleen Miriam (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Virgin Killer Christina (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Death Of Maria Malibran (Der Tod der Maria Malibran) Unknown (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Willow Springs Christine (Character) - 1972
20% 24% Murders in the Rue Morgue Madeleine Charron (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror After Midnight Julie Elgin (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild and Wonderful Giselle Ponchon (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Lips Baby (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 50% Constantine and the Cross Livia (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Swordsman of Siena Serenella Arconti (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 55% Escape From East Berlin Erika Jurgens (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 69% Taras Bulba Natalia Dubrov (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phony American Inge (Character) - 1962
60% 74% Town Without Pity Karin Steinhof (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Named Rocca Geneviève Adé (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Via Mala Sylvia Lauretz (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fabulous Fraud Christine Wilkens (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Der letzte Fussgänger Christine Cornelius (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 31% The Last Days of Pompeii Ione (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls in Uniform Mia (Character) - 1958