Great art is often held to be created by people who are not only great artists, but also great individuals. Conversely, artists are assumed to have great egos, and consequently may be expected to be d...
First appearance in Fassbinder features, "Gods of the Plague", "Love Is Colder Than Death" and "Katzelmacher"
First prominent roles in major Fassbinder films, "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant" and "The Merchant of Four Seasons"
Became romantically involved with writer and painter Dietmar Roberg; became pregnant by him; received proposal of marriage from Fassbinder, who also offered to adopt the child; she turned him down
Appeared in the short, "Der Stadtstreicher", the first film made by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Received credit as Fassbinder's assistant director on the film, "Jail Bait", in which she also acted a role
Worked for a time as Fassbinder's agent, trying to get him acting roles while he launched his career as a director
Last acting role in a Fassbinder film: played a small role in his "Lili Marleen", starring Hanna Schygulla
Early acting credit in a film not directed by Fassbinder, "The Sternstein Manor", directed by Hans W Geissendorfer, the first of several films Hermann would make with him
Great art is often held to be created by people who are not only great artists, but also great individuals. Conversely, artists are assumed to have great egos, and consequently may be expected to be difficult, yet they are often excused because misbehavior seems a small price to pay for their talent. The strange case of director Rainer Werner Fassbinder and a regular member of his acting company, Irm Hermann, confirms some of these beliefs, yet at the same time exposes them to be cliches.
father Dietmar Roberg; first name suggested by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
There was a period in which Fassbinder slept in her bed with one of his boyfriends while she slept on the concrete floor: "The tenderness between us and the belief we shared in love was in the past now. He put me through so many trials that I truly believed I was all weakness and evil. I tried suicide. Again and again I tried to leave him, but he would always come and fetch me and I would always return. I was bound to him spiritually and physically, and it was impossible to lead any other life, even part of the time ... If you wanted to go to bed before he did, even at 5 o'clock in the morning, he called you 'traitor'." --Irm Hermann