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Irm Hermann, who worked with giants of New German Cinema, dies at 77

Actress Irm Hermann, whose work with celebrated director Rainer Werner Fassbinder shot her to stardom at a seminal moment for German cinema, has died aged 77.

Her agent Antje Schlag confirmed the news, citing information from the family.

Born in Munich in 1942, Irmgard Hermann first worked in her home city as a secretary, before an encounter with Fassbinder in 1966 changed the course of her life.

She starred in his short film “The City Tramp” (“Der Stadtstreicher”) that same year.

She would later go on to become a close confidante of Fassbinder, who is credited as one of the founding fathers of the postwar New German Cinema genre. He died in Munich in 1982.

Hermann starred in many of his films, including “Love Is Colder Than Death” (1969) and “Berlin Alexanderplatz” (1980).

She also worked with director Werner Herzog, starring in his 1979 film “Woyzcek,” based on the play of the same name by Georg Buechner.

After moving to Berlin in 1975, Hermann also established a prolific career in theatre, performing on some of the German capital’s most famous stages.

She was married to Dietmar Roberg, a children’s book author, with whom she had two sons.

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