Welcome to this tribute to the unforgettable actress, singer and author Hildegard Knef (also known as Hildegarde Neff).
This website provides all fans and admirers with a substantial database on Hildegard Knef's life and work –
as a lasting memento of one of Germany's most unique artists.
This site has kindly been authorised by Hildegard Knef’s widower, Paul von Schell.
Hildegard Knef – 10 Facts At a Glance
Knef was born on December 28th, 1925 in the South German city
She died, aged 76, on February 1st, 2002
Her resting-place is at
NB: The chronology of Hildegard Knef’s life is available in English.
Knef the singer released 23 original albums (incl. 4 live ones)
featuring 320 different songs – and wrote 130 lyrics herself.
Knef the movie actress appeared in 49 feature films,
19 of which were non-German productions,
produced in the
Knef the stage actress appeared in 15 plays;
her role as Ninotchka in Cole Porter’s “Silk Stockings” is considered her greatest triumph –
as she became the first German to succeed on Broadway (1955/56).
Knef the writer published 7 books and a good dozen magazine articles or prefaces.
The year 1999 was a special one in her life, as…
a) her last feature film hit the screens (Eine fast perfekte Hochzeit),
b) her last album was released (17 Millimeter),
c) she gave her last TV appearance, singing Zum Schluss...
on the German programme Herman & Tietjen.
Hildegard Knef was married three times:
1. Kurt Hirsch, 1947 – 1952
2. David Cameron, 1962 – 1976
3. Paul von Schell, 1977 – 2002
Her only child is Christina Antonia; she was born on
May 16th, 1968, in
her father is her second husband, David Cameron.
Hildegard Knef’s height was 1,68 m;
her eye-colour was green, and she was blond-haired.
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