She is an icon of West-German post-war cinema: In the 1950s, young Sonja Ziemann had her breakthrough as the female protagonist of immensely successful entertainment fare and the uniquely German genre of the Heimatfilm, thus emerging as one of the biggest stars of the economic boom years. In 1950, she starred opposite her frequent screen partner Rudolf Prack as the legendary "Schwarzwaldmädel" – the prototypical Heimatfilm and the first color production after 1945 –, and she subsequently branded the popular stereotype of the both ingenious and romantic woman who perfectly fits the wistful projections of the audience. Yet soon she successfully got rid of the image of the squeaky-clean dream wife, and instead displayed her impressive dramatic range as an actress in films like "Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen" ("Darkness Fell On Gotenhafen"). This was also noticed abroad, and she became a much in demand casting choice for international productions. On February 8 the unforgotten Sonja Ziemann turns 90 – we salute her and wish her all the best!