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Date of Birth 24 March 1893Hamburg, Germany
Date of Death 8 June 1973Munich, Germany
Birth NameEmma Johanna Henny Sonnemann
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Emmy Göring was born on March 24, 1893 in Hamburg, Germany as Emma Johanna Henny Sonnemann. She was an actress, known for The Legend of William Tell (1934), They'll Never Surrender (1934) and Oberwachtmeister Schwenke (1935). She was married to Hermann Göring and Karl Köstlin. She died on June 8, 1973 in Munich, Germany.

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Hermann Göring (10 April 1935 - 15 October 1946) (his death) (1 child)
Karl Köstlin (1916 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (24)

Adolf Hitler was the best man at her wedding to Hermann Göring. The ceremony took place in the Berlin Cathedral and was one of the Third Reich's biggest propaganda events (10 April 1935).
In 1948, a German denazification court convicted her of being a Nazi and sentenced her to one year in jail. When she was released, 30% of her property was confiscated and she was banned from the stage for five years.
Was an actress at the National Theatre in Weimar before she met Göring.
Daughter, Edda Göring, with Hermann.
As Adolf Hitler had not been married until shortly before his death, she was the official First Lady of Nazi Germany.
Emmy Göring served as Hitler's hostess at many state functions prior to the Second World War. This and her claim to be the "First Lady of the Third Reich" created much animosity between herself and Hitler's mistress, Eva Braun, whom she snubbed and openly despised. Hitler consequently issued angry instructions to Hermann Göring demanding that Emmy treat Eva with more respect; one of the outcomes of Emmy's condescending attitude toward Eva was that she was no longer invited to Hitler's Bavarian retreat, the Berghof. As for Eva Braun, she allegedly never forgave Emmy for having assumed the role of "First Lady of the Reich".
She appeared regularly on German stages. In 1916 she got married with the actor Karl Köstlin but the marriage was divorced ten years later.
In her final years, she suffered from sciatica.
When the young Emmy became interested in acting she got acting lessons by Leopold Jessner in Hamburg. After her education she could start her stage career in 1910. She soon got numerous theater engagements, among others in her hometown Hamburg, Munich and Vienna.
Hermann Göring rose as Reichsmarschall to one of the most powerful political figures of the National Socialists and his family lived in privileged comfort. Emmy Sonnemann became together with Magda Goebbels a First Lady so to speak.
By the time of her husband's death at Nuremberg, she and her daughter had been reduced to living in a two-room cottage with no running water or electricity; and she, whose gowns had once required multiple closets, now owned only two dresses.
Emmy Sonnemann met the Prussian premier Hermann Göring. They got along well and Göring supported her stage career and provided an engagement for her at the Staatstheater Berlin.
Emmy Sonnemann was arrested too and they convicted her of one year in a labor camp. Furthermore she was not allowed to work as an actress for several years.
Emmy Göring is caricatured as the character "Lotte Lindenthal" in Klaus Mann's novel Mephisto: Roman einer Karriere (1936).
Hermann Göring named his country house Carinhall after his first wife, while referring to his hunting lodge at Rominten (now Krasnolesye) - the Reichsjägerhof - as "Emmyhall".
Her and Göring's daughter Edda Göring was born on 2 June 1938. Edda was reported as being named after Countess Edda Ciano, eldest child of Benito Mussolini. Time reported: "Herr and Frau Göring became her fast friends." However, in her autobiography, Emmy said her daughter was named after one of her friends.
She published her biography "An der Seite meines Mannes" in 1967.
Her husband celebrated their daughter's birth by ordering 500 planes to fly over Berlin (he stated he would have flown 1,000 planes as a salute for a son).
The actress Emmy Sonnemann was born into a wealthy family.
Some years after her release from jail, Emmy Göring was able to secure a small flat in a new building in the rebuilt city of Munich and remained there for the rest of her life.
When the war went lost the illusory world of the Görings collapsed. Hermann Göring was arrested and sentenced to death in 1946. He abdicated from the death warrant by suicide.
Emmy was given an unsolicited membership to Nazi Party during Christmas 1938.
When she got married with Hermann Göring in 1935 she retired from her acting career.
Although in the 30s Emmy Sonnemann was able to take part in few movies.

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