Erni Singerl

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Erni Singerl, actually Ernestine Kremmel, (* 29 August 1921 in Puch; † 30 July 2005 in Munich) was a German actress who became known primarily for her presence as a Bavarian folk actress. She embodied the resolute, grumbling, but thoroughly good-hearted Munich “lady” with energy, wit and assertiveness.


Erni Singerl was born on the journey from Donauwörth to Munich in the then still independent municipality of Puch. The birth register mentions the estate no. 7, then called “zum Wirth”, as the place of birth. Whether she was born in the inn itself or in front of it in her parents’ covered wagon is unclear, however. Presumably for reasons of image cultivation, Erni Singerl always claimed to have been born in the Munich district of Schwabing, but this is demonstrably false.


Radio and stage

At the age of ten, Erni Singerl performed on Munich children’s radio with her accordion. In 1937 she was discovered by the well-known Munich folk singer Weiß Ferdl, who was impressed by her singing and dancing skills and brought her to the Platzl. There she also got her stage name. After the Second World War she celebrated her first successes on stage and with radio broadcasts such as Die weißblaue Drehorgel and Das Glücksradl.

Film and television

In the 1950s came supporting roles in film productions. The big breakthrough came for the only 1.54 m tall actress through television. At the end of the 1950s, Der Komödienstadel started on Bayerischer Rundfunk. Here she was able to use and refine her abilities in over 50 roles during four decades. She also played with folk actors like Gustl Bayrhammer, Maxl Graf, Ludwig Schmid-Wildy or Max Grießer.

In addition to guest appearances in less sophisticated Klamaukfilmen and an excursion into the Schlager industry, numerous appearances in popular TV series followed, in which she always embodied female roles with a loose mouth and a pugnacious nature. Singerl became known throughout Germany from the 1980s onwards, for example as the resolute housekeeper for Frau von Soettingen in Monaco Franze, as a feisty widow and campsite operator in Heidi und Erni, as the mother of Baby Schimmerlos in Kir Royal, as the superstitious housekeeper Frau Eichinger in Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl and in Café Meineid.

Late years

She was on stage until a ripe old age. Even in the winter of 2003/04, at the age of 82, she danced a tango in the sold-out play Erni greift an at the Kleine Komödie am Max II in Munich. After the death of her colleague Toni Berger in January 2005, she was considered the last great Bavarian folk actress. She herself always described this title as an “honorary title” and “the highest distinction of the audience”.

Private life

Singerl’s first marriage was to a former Reichsbahner who died in 1945 on his way back from captivity. This marriage produced a daughter (Helga Reichel *1939), who became a folk music singer.[1] In her second marriage she was married for 30 years to Georg Schropp, who died in 1995.

Sickness and death

In March 2005, Erni Singerl suffered a fainting spell during a visit to Circus Krone. In July she had to be treated in hospital again. On July 30, 2005, she died of cancer at the age of 83 at her home in Munich-Trudering and was buried in the immediate family circle at the Munich East Cemetery.[2]
Friends and the public were not informed of Singerl’s death until after the funeral.



  • 1953: Marriage strike
  • 1956: The merry pilgrimage
  • 1957: The Hunter of Fall
  • 1962: Two Bavarians in Bonn
  • 1970: Neighbours are there to annoy
  • 1971: Help, the relatives are coming
  • 1971: Holiday in Tyrol in love
  • 1971: They loved each other one summer
  • 1972: Ludo
  • 1974: The Hunter of Fall; Director: Harald Reinl
  • 1976: The silence in the forest
  • 1983: The Nuremberg Bed
  • 1984: Change of scenery
  • 1984: Mama Mia – Don’t Panic
  • 2003: Pumuckl and his circus adventure; director: Peter Weissflog


The Comedy Nobility

  • 1959: The baptism dinner
  • 1962: Count Schorschi Director: Olf Fischer
  • 1962: The service anniversary
  • 1962. The Ghost Brew[3]
  • 1964: Development aid
  • 1965: The town elevation
  • 1966: The rent increase
  • 1967: Jolanthe’s row
  • 1967: The sold grandfather
  • 1969: The miracle of St. Florian
  • 1969: Widows; Director: Olf Fischer
  • 1970: All for the cat
  • 1971: The Marriage Strike
  • 1972: Josef Filser
  • 1975: Thomas on the ladder to heaven
  • 1976: Heart on a spit
  • 1977: Count Schorschi
  • 1977: St. Pauli and St. Peter
  • 1980: The Straw Widower
  • 1981: Spätlese or Autumn also has beautiful days
  • 1984: Love and Fender bender
  • 1985: The blizzard
  • 1999: Laughing truth
  • 2005: The Weibscheue Hof

Television films (selection)

  • 1965: The old gourmet
  • 1974: The reform
  • 1975: The Brandner Kaspar and the eternal life
  • 1985: Stinking rage
  • 1989: On the siding
  • 1991: Pictures make people
  • 1993: Chiemgauer Volkstheater: The pearl Anna
  • 1995: The Cruise; Director: Julian Pölsler
  • 1996: Chiemgauer Volkstheater: Frau Sonnenschein; director: Bernd Helfrich
  • 1996: Doctors: Dr. Schwarz and Dr. Martin – Heart Tones
  • 1997: Die wilde Auguste; Director: Udo Schürmer
  • 1998: Chiemgauer Volkstheater: The Power Paula; Director: Bernd Helfrich
  • 1999: Stories from the neighbour’s house
  • 2001: Gossip in the stairwell; Director: Rene Heinersdorff
  • 2002: Underwood; with Kathi Leitner; directed by Peter Weissflog
  • 2004: My husband, my life and you; Director: Helmut Förnbacher
  • 2006: And yet I love you; Director: Thomas Nikel

Television series (selection)

  • 1968: Babeck
  • 1969-1971: Royal Bavarian Local Court (7 episodes)
  • 1973: The Bastian
  • 1976-1979 Derrick (2 episodes)
  • 1977-1988: Police Inspectorate 1 (9 episodes)
  • 1978: The Old Man (Episode: The Pelican)
  • 1979: The old man (episode: Pensionstod)
  • 1982-1989: Master Eder and his Pumuckl (1.05,1.09,1.19,2.06,2.13,2.16,2.18,2.21,2.22,2.23,2.25. 11 episodes)
  • 1983: Jacob and Adele
  • 1983: Monaco Franze – Der ewige Stenz; Director: Helmut Dietl and Franz Geiger
  • 1984-1998: White-blue stories (12 episodes)
  • 1986: Kir Royal; Director: Helmut Dietl
  • 1990: Heidi and Erni; with Heidi Kabel; directed by Kai Borsche and Michael Füting
  • 1990-2003: Guest appearances in Café Meineid by Franz Xaver Bogner
  • 1993: Love is a private matter
  • The Commissar
  • Herbert and Schnipsi
  • SOKO 5113
  • Siska

Theatre roles (selection)

  • Erni attacks
  • No body without Lily (as a maid)

Discography (selection)


  • 1969: Pudelnackad without shirt (Telefunken)


  • 1987: “Munich shines” in silver
  • 1988: Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon
  • 1989: Bavarian poet laureate
  • 1991: Bavarian Order of Merit
  • 1996: Special prize of the jury of the Bavarian Television Award
  • 2001: Sigi-Sommer-Taler

In Munich, Erni-Singerl-Strasse was named in 2007.[4]


  • Genossenschaft Deutscher Bühnen-Angehöriger (ed.), German Stage Yearbook 2007, Verlag Bühnenschriften-Vertriebs-Gesellschaft mbH, Hamburg, 2007, page 870 ISSN 0070-4431
  • Hermann J. Huber: Langen Müller’s Schauspielerlexikon der Gegenwart. Germany. Austria. Switzerland. Albert Langen – Georg Müller Verlag GmbH, Munich – Vienna 1986, ISBN 3-7844-2058-3, p. 873.
  • Sybille Krafft: Bavarian Folk Actors. 12 personal portraits. Allitera Verlag, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-86906-535-9.
  • Kay Weniger: The great encyclopedia of film. The actors, directors, cinematographers, producers, composers, screenwriters, film architects, set designers, costume designers, editors, sound technicians, makeup artists, and special effects designers of the 20th century. Volume 7: R – T. Robert Ryan – Lily Tomlin. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-340-3, p. 337.

Web links

Individual references

  1. Helga Reichel.Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  2. The grave of Erni Singerl
  3. Erni Singerl.Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  4. State capital Munich Street renaming