Marthe Keller

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Marthe Keller
Marthe Keller Cannes 2016.jpg
Born (1945-01-28) 28 January 1945 (age 76)
Basel, Switzerland
Occupation Actress & opera director
Years active1964–present
Partner(s) Philippe de Broca (1970s)

Marthe Keller (born 28 January 1945) is a Swiss actress and opera director. She is perhaps best known for her role in the film Marathon Man (1976), which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination.



Early years

Keller studied ballet as a child, but stopped after a skiing accident at age 16. She changed to acting, and worked in Berlin at the Schiller Theater and the Berliner Ensemble. [1]

Film work

Keller's earliest film appearances were in Funeral in Berlin (1966, in which she was not credited) and the German film Wilder Reiter GmbH (1967). She appeared in a series of French films in the 1970s, including Un Cave (1971), La Raison du Plus Fou (1973) and Toute Une Vie/And Now My Love (1974). Her most famous American film appearances are her Golden Globe-nominated performance as Dustin Hoffman's girlfriend in Marathon Man (1976) and her performance as a femme fatale Palestinian terrorist who leads an attack on the Super Bowl in Black Sunday (1977). Keller acted alongside Al Pacino in the 1977 romantic drama film Bobby Deerfield , based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel Heaven Has No Favorites, and subsequently the two were involved in a relationship. She also acted alongside William Holden in Billy Wilder's 1978 romantic drama Fedora.

After 1978, Keller did more work in European cinema than in Hollywood. Her later films include Dark Eyes (1987), with Marcello Mastroianni. [2]

In April 2016, she was announced as the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. [3]

Theater work

In 2001, Keller appeared in an all-star Broadway adaptation of Abby Mann's play Judgment at Nuremberg , directed by John Tillinger, as Mrs. Bertholt, in the role played by Marlene Dietrich in the 1961 Stanley Kramer film version. [4] [5] She was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress for this performance.

Opera work

In addition to her work in film and theatre, Keller has developed a career in classical music as a speaker and opera director. She has performed the speaking role of Joan of Arc in Arthur Honegger's oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher on several occasions, with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa [6] [7] and Kurt Masur. [8] She has recorded the role for Deutsche Grammophon with Ozawa (DG 429 412-2). Keller has also recited the spoken part in Igor Stravinsky's Perséphone. [9] [10] She has performed classical music melodramas for speaker and piano in recital. [11] The Swiss composer Michael Jarrell wrote the melodrama Cassandre, after the novel of Christa Wolf, for Keller who gave the world premiere in 1994.

Keller's first production as an opera director was Dialogues des Carmélites for Opéra national du Rhin in 1999. This production subsequently received a semi-staged performance in London that year. [12] She has also directed Lucia di Lammermoor for Washington National Opera and for Los Angeles Opera. [13] Her directorial debut at the Metropolitan Opera was in a 2004 production of Don Giovanni . [14] [15] [16]

Personal life

Keller has one son, Alexandre (born 1971), from her relationship with director Philippe de Broca.


Marthe Keller in Monte Carlo in 1975 Marthe Keller 1975.jpg
Marthe Keller in Monte Carlo in 1975
1970 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Peter Nichols Michel Fagadau Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse
1979 Three Sisters Anton Chekhov Lucian Pintilie Théâtre de la Ville
1982Emballage perdu Vera Feyder Nelly Borgeaud Théâtre des Mathurins
1983 Exiles James Joyce Andreas Voutsinas Théâtre Renaud-Barrault
1983 Exiles James Joyce Andreas Voutsinas Théâtre Renaud-Barrault
1983-86 Jedermann Hugo von Hofmannsthal Ernst Haeussermann & Gernot FriedelFestival de Salzbourg
1984 Betrayal Harold Pinter Sami Frey Théâtre des Célestins
1986 Don Carlos Friedrich Schiller Michelle Marquais Théâtre de la Ville
1988 Hamlet William Shakespeare Patrice Chéreau Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers
1997KinkaliArnaud Bedouet Philippe Adrien Théâtre national de la Colline
2001 Judgment at Nuremberg Abby Mann Joe Tillinger Broadway theatre
2008 The Stronger August Strindberg Wadsworth Arclight Theatre
2011Jan Karski (mon nom est une fiction) Yannick Haenel Arthur Nauzyciel Festival d'Avignon


1964Der trojanische Krieg findet nicht stattThe piece Franz Josef Wild  [ de ]TV film
Mein oder DeinJeanFranz Josef Wild (2)TV film
1965AntiquitätenYoung LadyMarran GosovShort
Und nicht mehr JessicaJessica Lovell Falk Harnack TV film
Mariana Pineda Wilm ten HaafTV film
1966 Funeral in Berlin Brigit Guy Hamilton
Kein Freibrief für MordChristine FosterKarl-Heinz BieberTV film
Corinne und der SeebärCorinne Thomas Engel TV film
1967 Wilder Reiter GmbH  [ de ]The nun Franz-Josef Spieker Nominated – German Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
PfeifferMartheMarran Gosov (2)Short
1969 The Devil by the Tail Amélie Philippe de Broca
1970Les caprices de MarieMarie Panneton Philippe de Broca (2)
1971 Arsène Lupin Countess NatashaJean-Pierre DecourtTV series (3 episodes)
1972 The Old Maid Vicka Jean-Pierre Blanc
Un cave  [ fr ]Catherine Gilles Grangier
P'pa je serai serrurierThe womanUlysse LaugierShort
La demoiselle d'AvignonKoba Lye-LyeMichel WynTV series (6 episodes)
1973Elle court, elle court la banlieueMarlène Réval Gérard Pirès
La raison du plus fouThe hitchhiker François Reichenbach
La chute d'un corpsMarthe RenonMichel Polac
1974 And Now My Love Sarah & Rachel Stern Claude Lelouch
Only the Wind Knows the Answer Angela Delpierre Alfred Vohrer
1975 Down the Ancient Staircase Bianca Mauro Bolognini
L'aigle à deux têtesThe QueenPierre CavassilasTV film
1976 Marathon Man Elsa Opel John Schlesinger Bambi Award for Best Actress – National
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Le guêpier Melba Roger Pigaut
1977 Black Sunday Dahlia Iyad John Frankenheimer
Bobby Deerfield Lillian Sydney Pollack
1978 Fedora Fedora / Antonia Billy Wilder
1980 The Formula Lisa Spangler John G. Avildsen
1981 The Amateur Elisabeth Charles Jarrott Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress
1982La certosa di ParmaGina Sanseverina Mauro Bolognini (2)TV miniseries
1983Der PlatzanweiserPeter Gehrig
JedermannBuhlschaftC. Rainer EckeTV film
Wagner Mathilde Wesendonck Tony Palmer TV miniseries
1984Femmes de personneCecile Christopher Frank
1985 Red Kiss Bronka Véra Belmont
Joan Lui Judy Johnson Adriano Celentano
1986Die Frau des ReportersEstherHeide PilsTV film
1987 Dark Eyes Tina Nikita Mikhalkov Nominated – David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress
The Hospice Dominique Othenin-Girard TV film
1988La ruelle au clair de luneNelly Édouard Molinaro TV film
Una vittoriaLuigi PerelliTV film
Sueurs froidesDiane Régis Wargnier TV series (1 episode)
1989 Seven Minutes  [ de ]Mrs. Wagner Klaus Maria Brandauer
The Nightmare Years Tess Shirer Anthony Page TV miniseries
1991Lapse of MemoryLinda FarmerPatrick Dewolf
Young Catherine Princess Johanna Michael Anderson TV film
1992Im Kreis der IrisMarikka Peter Patzak TV film
TurbulencesHélène Élisabeth Rappeneau TV film
À deux pas du paradisEva GrundbergMichel VianeyTV film
1993Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher Joan of Arc Akio Jissoji TV film
Liberate mio figlioElenaRoberto MalenottiTV film
1994 My Friend Max Catherine Mercier Michel Brault
1995 Sostiene Pereira Mrs. Delgado Roberto Faenza
Tödliches GeldBeatrice BelmontDetlef RönfeldtTV film
Belle Époque Antoinette Gavin Millar TV miniseries
1997 Women BarbaraLuís Galvão Teles
KNora Winter Alexandre Arcady
Nuits blanchesJuliaSophie Deflandre
1998 The School of Flesh Madame Thorpe Benoît Jacquot
1999Le derrièreChristina Valérie Lemercier
2001Tout va bien c'est Noël !Jacqueline BréaudLaurent DussauxTV film
2002 Time of the Wolf Rebecca McGregorRod Pridy
2003Par amourNicole DoucetAlain TasmaTV film
Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual – Best Actress
Luchon International Film Festival – Best Actress
2004Die Nacht singt ihre LiederMother Romuald Karmakar
La nourriceMadame Dumayet-PontiRenaud BertrandTV film
2005FragileEmmaLaurent Nègre Swiss Film Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role
2007 Chrysalis Professor Brügen Julien Leclercq
UVThe mother Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Dans l'ombre du maîtreMariaDavid DelrieuxTV film
Le lienEvaDenis MallevalTV film
La prophétie d'AvignonDona FloresDavid Delrieux (2)TV miniseries
2008 Cortex Carole Rothmann Nicolas Boukhrief
Bouquet finalNickyeMichel Delgado
Le sanglot des angesEléonoreJacques OtmezguineTV miniseries
2009Sous un autre jourIréneAlain Tasma (2)TV film
2010 Hereafter Dr. Rousseau Clint Eastwood
2011 The Giants Rosa Bouli Lanners
My Best Enemy Hannah KaufmannWolfgang Murnberger
Page Eight Leona Chew David Hare TV film
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
La résidenceLéaLaurent JaouiTV film
2012 In a Rush Mina Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
2013 The Mark of the Angels – Miserere Laura Bernheim Sylvain White
2014Homo Faber (Trois Femmes)Hanna Richard Dindo
La vie à l'enversNinaAnne GiafferiTV film
2015 Amnesia Martha Sagell Barbet Schroeder
2016 After Love Christine Joachim Lafosse
2017The WitnessJudge D'AmiciMitko Panov
Sources VivesIrène MeyerBruno BontzolakisTV film
The EscapeAnnaDominic Savage
2018 The Romanoffs Anushka Matthew Weiner Episode: "The Violet Hour"
DévoiléesIsabelle Jacob Berger TV film
2019 The Staggering Girl Sofia Luca Guadagnino Short film

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