Susanne Lothar, who portrayed the terrorised wife in Michael Haneke’s 1997 film Funny Games, has died aged 51.
Her death was announced by her family lawyer in Berlin on Wednesday.  No cause of death has been released.

Susanne received a German Film acting award nomination in every decade from the 1980s to present.

ImageFilm audiences would recognise her as Anna, the wealthy mother of a family whose life is inexplicably changed forever when they are taken hostage in Haneke’s Palme D’or nominated film.

In 2007 she appeared in Haneke’s The Piano Teacher as Mrs Schober, the mother the young girl Anna, whose musical aspirations are destroyed by an act of sabotage.

Viewers of David Suchet’s Hercule Poirot productions would recognise her as Hildegarde Schmidt, the Armstrong’s family cook, and one of the 13 passengers on the infamous Orient Express.

Once more she teamed with Haneke for his Palme d’Or winning film The White Ribbon where she portrayed the humiliated local midwife.


With her passing the two main characters of Funny Games have now died.  Her screen husband was played by her real life husband Ulrich Muhe. He passed away in 2007.

– by Rhett Bartlett

Screenshots:  Funny Games, The White Ribbon.