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Helen Schneider

Helen Schneider

born on 23/12/1952 in Brooklyn, NY, United States

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Helen Schneider

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Helen Schneider (born December 23, 1952) is an American singer and actress working mainly in Germany.

Life and career

Helen Leslie Schneider was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Dvora and Abraham Schneider (the name means tailor in German). Her family was Jewish, and had immigrated to the U.S. from Germany and Russia. Schneider studied piano before starting to perform as a singer in venues in New England and New York.

Between 1978 and 1984, she achieved success as a rock singer in Germany; her song "Rock'n' Roll Gypsy" reached the top 10 record charts and she received a Gold Record Award and shared the Goldene Europa Award with John Lennon. In 1980 she toured with the German rock legend Udo Lindenberg. She played one of the leads and the love interest of Eddie Wilson in the 1983 film Eddie and the Cruisers, which has since gained a huge cult following, especially in unusual places for an American film such as Nepal, Russia and especially Germany, where Schneider had name recognition.[1]

In 1987, she began her acting career at the Theater des Westens in Berlin playing the Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret. From 1995 to 1998, she performed as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard by Andrew Lloyd Webber. She worked with Eberhard Schoener on the recording of the Short Opera (1996) and on the goodbye-song for the TV series Derrick. From 1999 to 2001, she performed as Eva Perón in the musical Evita at the Bad Hersfelder Festspiele. She received enormous acclaim for her one-woman performance pieces: A Walk on the Weill Side, A Voice and A Piano, and Transformations Ver.0.1. In 2006 she received the DIVA - German Entertainment Prize for her lifetime achievements.

In 2007 Helen Schneider returned to the recording business. She recorded three cd's with Edel Music. For "Dream a Little Dream" she received a golden CD award in jazz.


  • 1981: Bronze Bravo Otto
  • 1999: Hersfeld-Preis for Evita
  • 2006: DIVA-Award in the Category World Award (Hall of Fame)
  • 2011: Hersfeld-Preis for Sunset Boulevard


  • "Helen Schneiders Tiergeschichten für große und kleine Kinder" (Helen Schneider & Linda Uruburu, Lilli Messina (Illustr.), Klaus Weimann (Übers.)), Baumhaus Medien, 2007
  • "Maximilian Schnecks wunderbarer Regentag" (Helen Schneider & Linda Uruburu, Lilli Messina (Illustr.), Klaus Weimann (Übers.)), Baumhaus Medien, 2007


  • 2010 CD The World We Knew - The Bert Kaempfert Album (with SWR Swing Band)" (Edel, 2010; CD)
  • 2009 CD Working Girl - The Very Best of Helen Schneider (Edel, 2009; CD)
  • 2009 CD Dream a Little Dream (Edel Records, 2009; CD)
  • 2007 CD Just Like A Woman (Edel, 2007; CD)
  • 2001 CD Short Operas 2 (Ariola/Sony BMG, 2001; CD)
  • 2001 CD Cool Heat (Elysium Recordings, 2001; CD)
  • 2001 CD A Voice and A Piano (Preiser Records, 2001; CD)
  • 1999 CD Romantic Nights (BMG, 1999; CD)
  • 1996 CD Sunset Boulevard (Polydor/Universal, 1996; CD)
  • 1995 CD Songs of Kurt Weill (Rhino/WEA; reissued by Tomato with changed track listing and bonus track "Barbara's Song")
  • 1995 LP Right as the Rain (Rhino/WEA, 1995; LP; CD release by Tomato; 2003)
  • 1995 LP "Short Operas" (Ariola/Sony BMG, 1995; LP)
  • 1991 LP Vagabond (CBS/Sony Music, 1991; LP)
  • 1989 LP A Walk on the Weill Side (CBS Records, 1989; LP)
  • 1988 LP Back On Track (Epic/CBS, 1988; LP)
  • 1984 LP Helen Schneider (Amiga, 1984; LP)
  • 1983 LP The Best of Helen Schneider (WEA Warner Music, 1983/84; LP)
  • 1983 EP Smuggled Out A-Live (Warner Music; Live-EP)
  • 1983 LP Breakout (WEA Warner Music, 1983; LP)
  • 1982 LP Exposed (WEA Warner Music, 1982; LP)
  • 1982 LP Rock'n'Roll Gypsy (WEA Warner Music, 1982, LP; Compilation of WEA-Alben, i.e. "Schneider With The Kick", 1996, CD)
  • 1981 LP Schneider with the Kick (WEA Warner Music, 1981/ 1992)
  • 1981 LP Mr. Valentino - Ihre großen Erfolge (RCA, 1981)
  • 1980 LP Crazy Lady (WEA Warner Music, 1980; LP)
  • 1979 LP Ein Mädchen aus New York Live in Hamburg (RCA, 1979; LP) - (Transl.: a girl from New York)
  • 1977 LP Let It Be Now (RCA)
  • 1976 LP So Close (Windsong)

Singles (in Charts)

  • Rock N Roll Gypsy (Rock N Roll Outlaw) (1981); CH #1, D #6
  • Angry Times (1982); D #26
  • Hot Summer Nites (1982); D #36
  • Piece of My Heart (1982); D #73


  • Udo Lindenberg Live Intensivstationen (Warner Music, 1982/ 2002)
  • Eberhard Schoener Short Operas (BMG Ariola, 1996)
  • Eberhard Schoener The Sound of Derrick (BMG Ariola, 1998)
  • Eberhard Schoener Short Operas II (BMG Ariola, 2001)

Musical Productions

  • Sunset Boulevard Original German Recording (Polydor/ Universal, 1996)
  • Victor/ Victoria (Bremer Theater, 2005)


Theatrical Releases

  • "Eddie and the Cruisers", USA, 1983


  • "Mauritius-Los", D (WDR), 1990
  • "Der Havelkaiser" (Series), D (SFB), 1993/1995/1998/1999
  • "Siska (TV Series) Das letzte Konzert", D (ZDF), 1998
  • "Liebe macht sexy", D (SAT1), 2009
  • "Tatort: Borowski und die Sterne", D (ARD), 2009
  • "Das Duo Mordbier", D (ZDF), 2010

Musical- and Theatre Productions

  • "Cabaret", Berlin (Theater des Westens), 198788
  • "Ghetto", New York City (Circle in the Square Theater), 1988
  • "Frida: The Story of Frida Kahlo", Boston & New York City (Brooklyn Academy of Music), 199293; Wien (Schauspielhaus), 2000; Recklinghausen (Sommer-Festival), 2002
  • "Anything Goes", Berlin (Theater des Westens), 199394
  • "Sunset Boulevard", Niedernhausen (Rhein-Main-Theater), 199598; Bad Hersfelder Festspiele, 2011
  • "Evita", Bad Hersfeld (Sommer-Festival), 1999-2001
  • "Mahagonny Songspiel", Vienna (Schauspielhaus), 2000
  • "Die Sieben Todsünden", Wien (Schauspielhaus), 2000; Dessau (Kurt-Weill-Festival), 2005
  • "Transformations Ver.0.1" (nach Gedichten von Anne Sexton), Wien (Schauspielhaus), 2001; Linz, 2002
  • "Victor/Victoria", Bremen (Bremer Theater), 2005
  • "Hello, Im Johnny Cash", Berlin (Renaissance-Theater), 2010
  • "Der Ghetto Swinger", Hamburg (Hamburger Kammerspiele), 2012
  • "Transformations" (nach Gedichten von Anne Sexton), Stuttgart (Theater Rampe), 2012


Schneider is the chairwoman of the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, Germany.


  1. MGM Studios. Retrieved on 2012-09-08.

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