- Category : Entertain-Music-Vocalist-Pop,-Rock,-etc.
- Type : PE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (35,54,58)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Vessel of Love 4
Helen Schneider (born December 23, 1952) is an American singer and actress working mainly in Germany.
Helen Leslie Schneider was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Dvora and Abraham Schneider. Schneider studied piano before forming her own blues band and playing in venues throughout New England and New York.
She's had a varied career in music, theater, recording, literature and film.
Between 1978 and 1984, she achieved success as a rock singer in Germany; her song "Rock 'n' Roll Gypsy" reached the top 10 record charts and she received a Gold Record Award and shared the Goldene Europa Award with John Lennon. In 1980 she toured with the German rock legend Udo Lindenberg.
She played one of the leads in the 1983 film Eddie and the Cruisers, which has since gained a huge cult following, especially in Germany, where Schneider has name recognition.
In 1987, she began her acting career at the Theater des Westens in Berlin playing Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret. From 1995 to 1998, she performed as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard by Andrew Lloyd Webber. From 1999 to 2001, she performed as Eva Perón in the musical Evita at the Bad Hersfelder Festspiele.
In 2014 she starred as Judy Garland in the European production of End of the Rainbow. She received enormous acclaim for her one-woman performance pieces: A Walk on the Weill Side, A Voice and A Piano, and Verwandlungen. In 2006 she received the DIVA - German Entertainment Prize for her lifetime achievements.
In 2007 Helen Schneider returned to the recording business. She recorded three CDs with Edel Music. For "Dream a Little Dream" she received a golden CD award in jazz.
1981: Bronze Bravo Otto
1999: Hersfeld-Preis for Evita
2006: DIVA-Award in the Category World Award (Hall of Fame)
2011: Hersfeld-Preis for Sunset Boulevard