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German actress Werner dies at 84
Ilse Werner
Werner picked up her talent for whistling as a child
German actress and singer Ilse Werner, best known for her film roles in the 1930s, has died at the age of 84.

Born in Jakarta, formerly Batavia, Werner came to Germany at the age of 10 and made her name at the legendary UFA studios in Babelsberg, outside Berlin.

Her most memorable films, made during World War II, included Die Schwedische Nachtigall (Swedish Nightingale) and Wir Machen Musik (We're Making Music).

Renowned for her whistling skills, she died in a retirement home in Luebeck.

Briefly barred from performing by the Allies at the end of the war, due to her alleged role in Nazi propaganda, she returned to the big screen in the 1950s where she excelled in dramatic character roles.

She gave her last performance, on German television, in 2000.

Werner died in her sleep after a bout of pneumonia. She will be buried, at her request, at Potsdam, near Babelsberg.



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