It wasn’t just a big deal for Heike Makatsch. In the early 1990s, the Viva music channel started out with their brave and screaming mess. Makatsch started as a presenter and now works as an actress. She will be 50 on Friday August 13.

It wasn’t just a big deal for Heike Makatsch. In the early 1990s, the Viva music channel started out with their brave and screaming mess. Makatsch started as a presenter and now works as an actress. She will be 50 on Friday August 13.

Former teens who turned on the television after school grew up with Makatsch. I heard their interviews and hoped for their advice. “Everyone was watching the same thing at the same time,” Makatsch said, according to “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” in the fall of 2020. “It seems anachronistic today. Everyone is watching their own thing on their smartphone – I suppose!”

As Viva’s success ran out of steam at one point, and part of television history finally came to an end when the station was shut down, Makatsch gained a lot as an actress in addition to contracts. lucrative advertising. She played the stubborn and convincing singer Hildegard Knef. Or sung and danced some time ago in the musical film “I have never been to New York” to the music of Udo Jürgens. And wait, there is also “Really … Love”. A film-episode that a lot of people re-release regularly at Christmas. Various stories of London are told. Makatsch plays the beautiful Mia who wants to seduce her boss (“Harry Potter” star Alan Rickman). Anyone who knows the movie knows that it all ends with a sad scene for the woman.

Makatsch sometimes shares snippets from the past on Instagram. An old clip with author and presenter Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre, for example. In it, the audience has to guess songs – “Congratulations, Heike brings the champagne”. Or she posts photos from today as she is on the road to the “Fridays for Future” protest and calls for donations for refugees during the photoshoots.

“So many lives fit into one life. I often think it was a completely different person who did what I did when I was 20,” Makatsch said in an interview with the “Kölner Stadt- Anzeer “. Born in Düsseldorf, Makatsch tried his hand at school after graduating from high school, dropped out and began an apprenticeship as a tailor. Then it landed on Viva and later on “Bravo TV”.

If you read the reports from that time, it looks like a new species was invented along with her and other women of that time. The girl”. “But as the little girl was declared a non-person at record speed, Heike Makatsch was suddenly in great demand,” wrote the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” in 1996. In just under two years, Makatsch had “become the favorite woman of all “,” a kind of woman Jürgen Klinsmann “. The “Spiegel” found that she had what it took to become the “Goldie Hawn of German films”.

Well, that’s such a thing with comparisons. At that time, Makatsch had just shot his first big film with “Männerpension”. For this she won a Bavarian Film Prize. Many German and international films followed. The adaptation of the novel “The heads of my relatives” for example and the blockbuster “Resident Evil”. In the meantime, she was living in London. For a while she was with actor Daniel Craig (“James Bond”). Today she lives with her family in Berlin.

When Makatsch appears in public, cameras follow her very reliably to this day. An interview does not work for reasons of time, according to management. So let’s try an older quote again. Makatsch said something to the “Tagesspiegel” in 2018 that can still be written well and sensibly on Post-its. Makatsch did not want the recklessness of the time to return, he said in the text. “Over the years you learn something new, and learning also means: to lose something,” she said. “You lose some form of naivety. But you gain a more decisive, more conscious approach to things.” It doesn’t always work, and she regretted participating in the “Make Everything Tight” video campaign. Her video pulled her back. dpa / MQU