She is the queen of family television. If Jutta Speidel (69) can be seen on TV, everything will be fine. Jutta Speidel is only too happy to be cast as the clever woman who fights her way through all the difficult situations to a happy ending. But she wants and can do more.
Whether in “Forsthaus Falkenau”, on the “Traumschiff” or as a nun in “Um Himmels Willen” – Speidel is a guarantee for high ratings. None who mince words. Also not private.
Well-off, the Munich native grew up in a large house – her father a patent attorney, her mother the founder of an amateur theater – without siblings, but with many friends who came to visit and dressed up in the countless costumes that were in a large chest. The beloved fantasy world to the unloved school.
“I grew up as unbourgeois as possible,” says Jutta Speidel to BILD. “We had the best time of our lives back then. We were hippies, we were outlaws. We were able to have fun.”
Munich was popular in the early 70s, a hotspot for free spirits and (life) artists. And teenager Jutta right in the middle. At the age of 15 she had her first role in “Pepe, der Paukerschreck”.
She takes part in the popular school comedies and also in the first part of the “Schoolgirl Reports”, the now highly controversial sex film series that attracted millions to the cinemas at the time.
Speidel: “From today’s perspective, I am very happy with how experimental we were allowed to work. None of this did me any harm. It cleared my head, broadened my horizons.”
She finally became a TV favorite at the age of 21 as the leading actress in the 13-part ZDF early evening series “Three are one too many”, in which she had to choose between Thomas Fritsch († 77) and Herbert Herrmann (82). Privately, Herrmann becomes the first of three great loves.
“I know what it means to love with skin and hair. I was very lucky to experience that three times,” she once said. With colleague Herbert Herrmann, with whom she lived from 1977 to 1982.
With the timber merchant Stefan Feuerstein (68), to whom she was married from 1984 to 1991.
From 2003 to 2013, she had a long-distance relationship between Munich and Rome with the Italian Bruno Maccallini (63), who was known in Germany through a cappuccino advertisement (“I don’t have a car at all”). She is still friends with all three today.
She does not count the (biological) father of her eldest daughter Franziska (39) among her great loves, she has never publicly announced his name. Ex-husband Feuerstein, with whom she has daughter Antonia (37), describes her as the father of both daughters.
She no longer sees the freedom she felt then. “My daughters are very worried about the future,” says Speidel. “It starts with school politics, continues with the environment and ends with terrorism. This generation has fears. Maybe because she basically grew up without fear.”
She sometimes wonders about the younger generation: “I remember curtseying to older women out of politeness. Today I’m the older one – and nobody curtseys to me. Worse still, many 30-year-olds don’t even know me anymore anyway. I recently told someone that I was on stage with ‘My Fair Lady’ – he didn’t even know what that was. The education of many young people in their 30s is appallingly poor.”
This is how Jutta Speidel thinks about beauty interventions
And the lips and breasts of many young women are becoming more and more voluptuous – a fact that Speidel does not like and criticized at a public event in Berlin: “I find it discriminatory how some women present themselves externally, whether with inflated lips, inflated breasts, inflated buttocks. Everything is operated. I think it’s getting more and more.” For her, beauty procedures are “unthinkable, you wear your inner beauty to the outside”.
And indeed, the almost 70-year-old, not at all wrinkle-free face has a wonderfully positive radiance when Jutta Speidel laughs. And such combative energy when she reports on her life project – the “Horizont” initiative, with which she enables socially disadvantaged families, especially mothers with children, to find housing. A third house is now being planned.
But you can still see her on TV. “I haven’t given up my job yet, but I choose very carefully what I do. I basically ask myself: Where am I having fun? And if I know I don’t have one, I don’t accept the role.”
What particularly bothers her: “Everything that is not mainstream has a very difficult time on German television. We are discouraged, we are incredibly good. That annoys me a lot. The Austrians are often much more creative than we are.”
That’s why she gladly agreed to the Ösi series “Days that didn’t exist” (2022). Since the otherwise so patent Jutta was with great desire a “bad woman”.
What do you do after work?
BILD: What are you reading right now?
Jutta Speidel: “‘Between Worlds’ by Juli Zeh.”
What is your Sunday ritual?
Speidel: “Calling extensively with friends – with Barbara, Bernd and Marc.”
What are you particularly looking forward to in the next week?
Speidel: “Take care of my granddaughter Sophie.” (Jutta Speidel has a 6-year-old grandson and a nearly 2-year-old granddaughter / dR)
This article is from BILD. The ePaper of the entire issue is available here.