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Heesters in March 2006
December 5, 1903|
December 24, 2011 (aged 108)|
He worked for 91 years, and almost always worked in German-speaking Europe. Heesters was one of the oldest working people in entertainment. Some people have had problems with Heesters because he once sang for Adolf Hitler. He also supported the Nazi's during World War II.
Heesters was married twice: to Belgian actress Louise Ghijs (1906-1985) from 1930 until her death and from 1992-2011 to Simone Rethel. Heesters has two daughters from his first marriage and five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, twenty-five great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandson as of 2011. His younger daughter Nicole Heesters is a well-known actress in the German-speaking world, as is his granddaughter Saskia Fischer.
On 29 November 2011, he suddenly fell ill and was rushed into a hospital. He was operated on to fit a heart pacemaker. He was allowed home less than a week later. This was in time to spend his 108th birthday the next day with family. He did not feel strong enough to make the planned stage appearance to sing in celebration of his birthday. He also missed the premiere of his latest movie, Ten. Due to a relapse in his condition, on 17 December he went back to the hospital. He had a stroke and died on Christmas Eve 2011.
- 1965: Jetzt geh' ich ins Maxim
- 2003: Ich werde 100 Jahre alt
- 1937: "Ich werde jede Nacht von ihnen träumen"
- 1939: "Musik, Musik, Musik" (featuring Marika Rökk)
- 1941: "Liebling, was wird nun aus uns beiden"
- 1941: "Man müßte Klavier spielen können"
- 1949: "Das kommt mir spanisch vor"
- 1949: "Tausendmal möchte' ich dich küssen"
- 1998: "Ich werde 100 Jahre alt" (song)
- 2007: "Generationen" (featuring Claus Eisenmann)
Honours, decorations, awards
- 1984: Bavarian Order of Merit
- 1993: Berlinian Order of Merit
- 2000: Ring of Honour of the City of Vienna
- Bambi in 1967, 1987, 1990, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
- 2001: Platinum Romy (TV award)
- 2003: Goldene Kamera
- 2004: Kammersänger
- Johannes Heesters ist tot. 24 December 2011.
- Ellicott, Claire (18 February 2008). "Anger at concert by Hitler singer, 104". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/anger-at-concert-by-hitler-singer-104-783550.html. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
- "Johannes Heesters geht es besser", Der Spiegel, 2 January 2008
- "Johannes Heesters muss Zwangspause einlegen", Berliner Morgenpost, 30 November 2011
- "Johannes Heesters ist Tot", Berliner Morgenpost, 24 December 2011
- athri, Amrutha (26 December 2011). "Hitler's Favorite Actor Dead at 108". International Business Times.
- "Johannes Heesters". The Daily Telegraph (London). 14 February 2012. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/film-obituaries/9082745/Johannes-Heesters.html. Retrieved 21 February 2012.