Mady Rahl (Edith Gertrud Meta Raschke)

Mady Rahl

Mady Rahl (January 3, 1915 – August 29, 2009) was a German stage and film actress.  In a career stretching over 70 years she appeared in around 120 German movies but was for a time tainted by her association with the Nazi High Command. Born Edith Gertrud Meta Raschke in Neukölln, now part of Berlin, Rahl trained as an actress and dancer. In 1935 she made her stage debut in Leipzig under the direction of Douglas Sirk and started her film career in 1936 with the movie Der geheimnisvolle Mister X. With her role in the circus drama Truxa (1937) Rahl became known to a wider audience. She appeared in approximately 90 movies, several of them for UFA. In later years, she appeared frequently on television, while also pursuing her career in the theatre. She was also the German voice of many cartoon characters and of Lucille Ball. Rahl’s first marriage was to Theodor Reimers, her second was to producer Wilhem Sperber, and her third was to Werner Bürkle. Late in life she painted in the Impressionist style. in later years Mady Rahl found a second calling as a watercolor painter and had successful exhibits in a number of galleries. Mady Rahl, who was married three times, lived her final years in a Munich nursing home. Some of her performances have been preserved on DVD. Mady Rahl died of cancer. She was also almost blind and suffering from dementia. Her grave is in the Nordfriedhof Cemetery in Munich (plot 178-U-66), where her sister Ellen had been buried in 1995.

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  • January, 03, 1915
  • Germany
  • Neukölln, Berlin


  • August, 29, 2009
  • Germany
  • Munich, Bavaria

Cause of Death

  • cancer


  • Nordfriedhof Muenchen (Munich)
  • Munich, Bavaria
  • Germany

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