German actress Evelyn Hamann dies


COLOGNE, Germany -- Evelyn Hamann, one of Germany's best-loved comedians and, as the star of crime series "Adelheid and her Murderers," best-known television actresses, died Monday. She was 65.

Hamann rose to fame as the onscreen partner of legendary sketch comedian Vicco von Bulow, alias Loriot. Their 1976 sketch series "Loriot," sort of a Prussian Monty Python, was a huge hit and enjoyed a second life on DVD. In 2000, both Loriot and Hamann were awarded the German Video Prize for their work.

Hamann starred alongside Loriot in two big-screen comedies: "Odipussi" (1988) and "Pappa ante Portas" (1991).

But it was on the small screen that she enjoyed her greatest success. Hamann appeared in some of the best-rated German series of all time, including melodrama "The Black Forest Hospital" and "Loveboat" knockoff "Traumschiff."

She will be best remembered, however, for "Adelheid and her Murderers." The series, in which Hamann stars as the eponymous secretary who solves crimes for her bumbling chief of police boss, won her a Bavarian Television award for best actress. She was also named an honorary commissioner of the Bavarian police for her onscreen crime-solving.

Hamann died at her home in Hamburg after a short illness.