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Birgitta Anna Katharina Tolksdorf (born December 9, 1947, in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony), [1] who changed her name to Gittanna Tolksdorf, [1] [2] is a German-American actress, best known in the United States for her role on the television soap opera Love of Life , playing Arlene Lovett from 1974 to 1980.


Early life and education

Tolksdorf was born in Osnabrück, Germany, [3] [4] [5] to Heinz Tolksdorf, a veterinarian, and his wife. [3] In 1952, [5] as a young child, she immigrated with her parents and five siblings [5] [6] to the United States, [3] [4] where they lived in Washington, Missouri. [3] [7] After attending high school in Washington, [5] [8] Tolksdorf studied music [3] [4] [7] and drama [8] at Fontbonne College, St. Louis, [3] [4] [7] and took part in the college choir and theatre productions. [3] [9] She became a US citizen in 1963. [8]


In 1974, Tolksdorf appeared in William Douglas Home's play The Secretary Bird [1] at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, in the role of the secretary. [10] [11] Later the same year, she was cast as Arlene Lovett in the soap opera Love of Life , [1] [4] [8] a role she continued to play until the series ended in early 1980. [12] She reportedly declined an offer to join The Young and the Restless in order to try out for theatre roles in New York. [13]

Personal life

She was married to Daniel Bannister, an attorney in Hermann, Missouri; he was born in 1958. They divorced in 2001[ citation needed ]

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