was a Norwegian actress and singer who had a major film career in Germany between 1938 and 1954. Heiberg was a Nazi, but was not punished by the Norwegians, as she was a German citizen.
Heiberg grew up in a boarding school, and studied in Lausanne
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and Paris. Later, she studied English in Oxford
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She made her debut at Den Nationale Scene
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in 1929, and in the 1930s at the Carl Johan-Teatret and Scala Revyteater in Oslo. After guest appearances in the operatta revue "Pam-Pam" at Theater an der Wien
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in 1937, she began a career in Germany both as a film actress and recording artist. She became one of Ufa's (Universum Film AG
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) biggest stars and The Third Reich's femme fatale
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- the "new Marlene Dietrich
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". In Wien
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, she met the composer Franz Grothe. They married in Oslo in 1938 and moved to Berlin. Because she had not immediately joined the NSDAP, she had two years without work, but she soon rose to the top again (1943 in "Liebespremiere").
Back in Norway after the war, she found great difficulty in finding roles due to her time in Germany during the war. However, she was not arrested by the Norwegians since she was a German citizen by that time. In Germany, she was in four films after the war (see filmography). In Trondheim
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, she took an engagement as a resident at Trøndelag Teater
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1952–60, acting in operettas, comedies, and serious classics and modern dramas. She also sporadically appeared in the Oslo scene in the 1960s and 70s.
She was the sister of author Else Heiberg.
On 15 August 2008, the premiere was held of the play "Glamour for Goebbels" at Haugesund Teater as part of the film festival. Elsa Aanensen played Kirsten Heiberg. Øyvind Osmo Eriksen was the instructor for the performance, and Halvor Lillesund was pianist. On 14 May 2009, the play moved to Det Åpne Teater in Oslo
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Film clips and music were integrated in the play. It contained film of Aanensen as Kirsten Heiberg, but no clips from her old films were used. "Glamour for Goebbels" mostly dealt with Heiberg's time in Berlin, where she lived a glamorous lifestyle.
Filmography and discography
- 1934 Sangen om Rondane ...Greta
- 1934 Syndere i sommersol ...Evelyn
- 1935 Du har lovet mig en kone!
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- 1936 Han, hon och pengarna
- 1937 Ryska snuvan
- 1937 O, en så'n natt!
- 1938 Napoleon ist an allem schuld
- 1938 Frauen für Golden Hill /
- 1939 Der Trichter. (Nr. III) (short)
- 1939 La casa lontana
- 1939 Der singende Tor/aka Mord um Mitternacht, ital. Title: La casa lontana
- 1939 Alarm auf Station III
- 1940 Achtung! Feind hört mit!
- 1940 Falschmünzer
- 1943 Liebespremiere
- 1943 Titanic
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- 1943 Die goldene Spinne
- 1944: Philharmoniker
- 1944: Die schwarze Robe
- 1945: Rätsel der Nacht
- 1945: Eines Tages
- 1949: Amico
- 1949: Hafenmelodie
- 1950: Furioso / aka. Opfergang des Herzens
- 1954: Bei Dir war es immer so schön
- 1966: Broder Gabrielsen
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- Dixiana - performed at Stockholm Odeon August 1932. Not released!
- Är det sån't man kallar kärlek - See above
- Min cigarett og jeg - Scala revue "Vi har den ære". Performed in Oslo for His Master's Voice 1935
- Vi selv og våre hjem - See above
- Abends am Klavier, 1937 (Duet with Fritz Spielmann )
- Unsichtbare Tränen, 1937
- Wie der Schnee vom vergangenen Jahr, 1937
- Frag nicht nach der Vergangenheit, 1937
- Warum hat der Napoleon, 1938
- Ich bin wie ich bin, 1938
- Schließ deine Augen und träume
- Zeig der Welt nicht dein Herz,1938
- Auf den Flügeln bunter Träume, 1938
- Ganz leise, 1938
- Mein lieber Freund, sie sind heut eingeladen, 1939
- Ja und nein, 1939
- Für eine Stunde Leidenschaft, 1942
- Serenade vom Rattenfänger, 1942
- Komm, Zauber der Nacht http://video.aol.com/video-detail/kirsten-heiberg-komm-zauber-der-nacht/3545165329, 1943
- Ich bin heut frei, meine Herren, 1943 http://video.aol.com/video-detail/kirsten-heiberg-ich-bin-heut-frei-meine-herrn/2275336538
- Mein Herz liegt gefangen in deiner Hand, 1943
- Ich steh' allein', 1945
- Es bleibt doch unter uns, 1945
- Didi Song (= Halunkenpostille), 1949
- Das Lied von den ausfahrenden Schiffen, 1949
- Die Moritat vom verlorenen Sohn, 1949
- Valse bleue in Moll, 1950
- Komm, Zigeuner nimm die Geige, 1950
- So oder so ist das Leben, 1954