Helga Göring

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January 19, 2022

Helga Göring, also known as Helga Bonnet, (January 14, 1922 in Meissen – October 3, 2010 in Berlin) was a German actress.

Life and work

Origin and education

Helga Göring was born to Hugo Göring and his wife Gertrud Göring. Her father, who came from the Rhineland, was a well-known Meissen ophthalmologist; her mother was from Dresden and worked as a surgical nurse. She grew up with her four-year-old sister Doris in a sheltered villa at Weinberggasse 8 on the Ratsweinberg. From 1938 to 1940, Helga Göring trained as an actor at the Academy for Music and Theater in Dresden; her teachers included Erich Ponto. She passed the acting exam in 1940 with distinction.

Theater

Göring received her first theatrical engagement in 1940 at the Stadttheater Bielefeld. A brief engagement in Frankfurt am Main followed. In 1943 she went to the Deutsches Schauspielhaus (Small House) in Hamburg. There she was engaged until the war-related closure of all German theaters in the late summer of 1944. Gretchen in Faust I. After the Second World War, Göring immediately moved to the Soviet Zone. She was briefly engaged (season 1946/1947) at the Stadttheater Stendal. Shortly after the end of the war, an intendant had suggested to her that the name Goering could evoke false memories, and so she temporarily called herself after a relative, Helga Bonnet. In 1947 she went to the Comedy Dresden; In 1948 she went to the Albert Theater in Dresden. From 1950 to the mid-1950s she was a permanent member of the ensemble at the Dresden State Theater. Göring played a wide repertoire in Dresden, including plays by William Shakespeare, German-language authors of the Classical and Romantic eras, turn-of-the-century theater, but also modern and contemporary theater. Her roles in Dresden included: Blanca von Kastilien in König Johann, the title role in Emilia Galotti (director: Martin Hellberg, with Hans Finohr as father Odoardo Galotti), the maid Franziska in Minna von Barnhelm, Amalia von Edelreich in Die Räuber, Klarchen in Egmont (Director: Martin Hellberg), Gretchen in Faust I (1950; Director: Martin Hellberg), Adelheid von Walldorf in Götz von Berlichingen (next to Hans Finohr in the title role), Hedwig in Wilhelm Tell, Lucietta in Die Liebeshandel von Chiozza, Emma Baumert in The Weavers and Joan in Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw. She also acted in the plays The Holy Three Monkeys by Ilse Czech-Kuckhoff (as Margrit Heduweit), Floridsdorf by Friedrich Wolf (as the teacher Gretl), The Way into Life by Miloslav Stehlik (as Colonist Maruscha) and Die Sonnenbrucks by Leon Kruczkowski ( as Marikke). Later she also made guest appearances in Potsdam, Berlin, at the Staatstheater Schwerin (as Countess Terzky in Wallenstein; alongside Hans Finohr as Buttler) and at the Schauspielhaus Leipzig. With her commitment to film, her performances at the theater decreased significantly; she gave only a few guest appearances at the theater. In the 1990s, Göring turned to boulevard theater; she played at the Theater am Kurfürstendamm, in Hamburg and at the Comödie Dresden in the plays Widow's Club (with Ingeborg Krabbe and Marianne Kiefer as partners) and Süsser die Glocken. In February 2002, Göring appeared again as a theater actress in her native town of Meissen. In the Meissen cathedral provost she played, together with Johanna Spitzer, in the two-person play Von Mutterlein Frohnatur in a Meissen theater production; she last appeared in this role in the 2007/2008 season.

Film, television and radio

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