Karin Eckhold, born on January 28, 1938, in Hamburg, Germany, was a versatile artist known for her roles as an actress, opera singer (soprano), voice actress in radio plays, and dubbing artist. Her life and career spanned several decades, leaving an indelible mark on both the stage and screen.
Eckhold began her artistic journey with a strong foundation in music. Between 1958 and 1965, she received vocal training from Hedwig Schilling, honing her soprano voice. Her dedication and talent led to her operatic debut in 1965 at the Stadttheater Luzern, where she remained until 1968. Following this, she embarked on engagements in Hagen and Bern.
Despite her success in opera, Karin Eckhold’s artistic journey led her to explore acting. From 1971 to 1974, she received private acting lessons from Anne Marks-Rocke. Her transition to acting opened up new opportunities, including engagements at prestigious theaters such as the Theater am Dom in Cologne, the Ateliertheater in Bern, and the Theater des Westens in Berlin. However, it was Hamburg where she predominantly showcased her acting prowess, gracing stages like the Operettenhaus.
One notable role was her portrayal of Eliza in “My Fair Lady” in 1976 at the Operettenhaus, cementing her status as a versatile performer. Eckhold’s talent allowed her to guest star at renowned venues like the Thalia Theater, the Kleine Komödie under the direction of Peter Ahrweiler, the Kammerspiele, the Ernst-Deutsch-Theater, and the Theater im Zimmer.
From 1980 onward, Karin Eckhold ventured into the world of television, where she gained recognition for her work. Her notable television appearances included starring alongside Claus Wilcke in the ZDF series “I. O. B. – Spezialauftrag” in 1980 and 1981, as well as featuring in several episodes of “Großstadtrevier.” However, she became most widely recognized through her role in the immensely popular series “Die Schwarzwaldklinik.”
In this iconic show, she played Fräulein Meis, affectionately known as “Meislein,” the secretary of Professor Brinkmann, portrayed by Klausjürgen Wussow. This role made her a household name and endeared her to viewers across Germany. She reprised this character in various specials, including “Das größte Fest des Jahres – Weihnachten bei unseren Fernsehfamilien” in 1991 and “Die Schwarzwaldklinik – Die nächste Generation” in 2005. Additionally, she made appearances as a singer on the popular show “Haifischbar.”
Karin Eckhold also lent her voice to several American actresses in German dubs of popular TV series such as “Knight Rider,” “Ein Engel auf Erden” (“Touched by an Angel”), and “Der Sechs-Millionen-Dollar-Mann” (“The Six Million Dollar Man”). She provided the German voice for Shera Danese in the “Columbo” episode “Mord à la Carte.” Her vocal talents extended to animated characters as well; she voiced Renate Bommel in the Ottifanten-Film “Kommando Störtebeker.”
Karin Eckhold shared her life with Otmar Herren, who served as the Managing Director of Theater und Philharmonie Essen GmbH from 1991 to 2008. The couple resided in Hamburg.
What was Karin Eckhold’s Cause of Death?
Tragically, on July 4, 2018, both Karin Eckhold and Otmar Herren were discovered deceased in their home. Authorities concluded that their deaths were the result of a joint suicide.