November 30, 2021
Marie Versini (born August 10, 1940 in Paris; † November 22, 2021 in Guingamp) was a French actress who was best known in the 1960s for her work in the Karl May films.
Marie Versini was trained at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique and began her career at the age of 17 as the youngest member of the Comédie-Française. directed by Jean Meyer.
She became famous in Harald Reinl's Winnetou Part 1 in 1963 as Nscho-tschi, Winnetou's little sister (played by Pierre Brice). She also starred in four other Karl May films: in Der Schut (1964), Durchs Wilde Kurdistan (1965), Im Reiche des Silber Löwen (1965) and in Winnetou and his friend Old Firehand (1966) (there again as Nscho-chi).
Versini had other roles in the adventure films In the Temple of the White Elephant (1963) and The 13 Slaves of Dr. Fu Man Chu (1966). The film Keyword: Heron (1964) was rated better by the critics. In 1969, Le songe d’une nuit d’été, a television adaptation of William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, staged by Jean-Christophe Averty, in which she appeared as Hippolyta, caused a sensation in France. The film was shown in Germany in 1971 as A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In France, among other things, as Claire Morandat in Burns Paris? known, Marie Versini often worked in Germany. She worked on television productions until the 1980s, for example in the series Sergeant Berry (1973/1974), in Tante Emma (1980) and in Die Schöne Wilhelmine (1985). At Christmas 2016, after a long absence, Versini was seen in a small guest role - she played an older lady who was talking to Karl May about the dangers of a trip to Indian country - in the first part of the RTL television remake of Winnetou.
In 1974 Versini married the writer and director Pierre Viallet, in whose films she played variously, for example in 2010 in homage to Robert Schumann. Marie Versini spent most of her life with her husband on the Atlantic island of Ré, sometimes also in Paris. Pierre Viallet died on April 15, 2013. Together with Viallet, Versini wrote two novels, Rätsel um N. T. (2008) and N. T. Goes to Film (2009), as well as the book Puck, a bitch tells (2012).
1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968 Golden Bravo Otto
1969 Silver Bravo Otto
1970 Bronze Bravo Otto
Marie Versini: I was Winnetou's sister, Karl-May-Verlag, Bamberg, ISBN 3-7802-0164-X. (Autobiography)
Marie Versini, Pierre Viallet: Rätsel um N.T., Karl-May-Verlag, 2008, ISBN 3-7802-0454-1.
Marie Versini, Pierre Viallet: N.T. goes to the film, PROverbis, Vienna 2009, ISBN 978-3-9502506-9-5.
Kay Less: The film's great personal dictionary. The actors, directors, cameramen, producers, composers, screenwriters, film architects, outfitters, costume designers, cutters, sound engineers, make-up artists and special effects designers of the 20th century. Volume 8: T - Z. David Tomlinson - Theo Zwierski. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-340-3, p. 167 f.
Marie Versini in the Internet Movie Database
Marie Versini's website
Obituary (Andreas Kilb / faz.net)
Literature by and about Marie Versini in the catalog of the German National Library