For five decades she charmed us on TV and cinema with her warmth, her wit and her eroticism. She'd admired French cinema in her early twenties, and aspired to be like Jeanne Moreau in Jules et Jim, her favourite film. However, such female parts were unavailable in German cinema of the time. She had to wait until well into her 50s, before being allowed to show her full potential in Oskar Roehler's No Place To Go, the role of her life. With her unfailing, positive energy she also combatted cancer, filming uninterrupted until the very end. Her death has shocked many, and it has raised questions.