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Ingrid Caven

Ingrid Caven, born in Saarbrücken, is an actress and singer. At the end of the sixties she met the director, author and actor Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with whom she was married from 1970 to 1972. She played in many of his films, as a nightclub singer and daughter of Brigitte Mira in Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975), as unreachable love in The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971), as a helpless whore in In a Year with 13 moons (1978). Her love of music led her to her second career as a chanson singer in the late 70s. Fassbinder wrote his only song texts for her. With compositions by Peer Raben and texts by Fassbinder and Hans-Magnus Enzensberger and a legendary robe by Yves Saint Laurent she became the "Callas of the European Cabaret" (Village Voice).
Ingrid Caven also continued her film career later, playing outstanding performances for Jean Eustache (Mes Petites Amoureuses), Daniel Schmid (La Paloma, Shadows of the Angels, Violanta), Werner Schroeter (The Death of Maria Malibran, Day of the Idiots) and Jeanine Meerapfel (Malou). For her portrayal of a singer on a fairground in Walter Bockmayer's Looping, she received the German Film Prize in Gold in 1981.
In 2000, Jean-Jacques Schuhl wrote a "biographical novel" entitled Ingrid Caven, which became a bestseller in Europe. The book awarded the Prix Goncourt developed from the description of Caven's life a panorama of the Federal Republic. Schuhl presents us an eccentric, exhausting, hurtful and vulnerable heroine.
In 2001 she received the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" for her contribution to French and German culture.
Finally, she played in the American film Suspiria of Italian director Luca Guadagnino together with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.
Ingrid Caven lives in Paris.

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