Dagmar Lassander, born 1943

Dagmar Lassander: German actress born in NAZI-controlled Prague in 1943; first screen credit in 1966, has continued to appear in German and Italian films and television.

I was married in Germany. My first husband was an art critic. Well, theater and music critic. Once he invited a friend of his, a director called Will Tremper. He was well known in Germany as a talent scout. Tremper congratulated me on the meal. “I’ve never eaten so well and this roast pork is so good. Listen, I’m directing a movie and I would like to have you in a cameo. Would you do that for me?” At the beginning I was not sure. He said I had the right look for it. He mentioned films like Il tassinaro with Alberto Sordi, where everybody would ask friends to act in small roles. I did it without thinking I would become an actress. At that time I was a costume designer at the Berlin Opera. I wouldn’t have dreamed of becoming an actress. Instead, I did that cameo and the German producer asked me to work on three other movies. Since then I’ve never stopped. Link.

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