The actress Ruth Gassmann, who became known in the 1960s as the leading actress in the “Helga” educational films, is dead.
As her son announced to the German Press Agency on Sunday, she died after a brief serious illness at the age of 85 on Friday evening in Munich.
Born in Augsburg, she first studied sport and chemistry and then came to acting as a photo model. In the United States, she starred in a dozen episodes of the TV western series “Smoking Guns”. She suddenly became famous in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1967, when the educational film “Helga – Vom Werden des Menschen Leben” was released in cinemas.
The strip was shot with the support of the Federal Ministry of Health and attracted millions of viewers. The news magazine “Der Spiegel” wrote in 1968: “Helga” is the most successful German film of all time and a coup at the same time. “
After two “Helga” continuation films, Oswalt Kolle then took on the role of the nation’s enlightener. Ruth Gassmann moved backstage and worked as assistant director, among other things at the opera of the Saarbrücken State Theater. There she also appeared as a singer.
Ruth Gassmann had three children and has lived in Aschheim near Munich since they were born. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, including “playing golf and skiing until this spring,” said her son. The funeral service takes place in the closest family circle.
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