Anna Richter-Visser (b. Bloemfontein, 13/05/1914 – d. Bloemfontein, 25/06/1997) was a stage, film and television actress, elocutionist, stage director, teacher, wardrobe designer and makeup artist.
Anna Jacoba Maria Richter-Visser was born in 1914 to Schalk Willem Visser and his wife, Anna Maria Jacoba Meyer. As stage actress she started in Cape Town when she acted in Maurice Maeterlinck’s Die Indringer (1935) in a performance for the Afrikaanse Nasionale Studentebond at the University of Cape Town. This was followed by C. Louis Leipoldt’s Die Heks for the Kaapstadse Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging. The cast also included her then new husband, A.M. Burger. In 1939 she and Aletta Gericke founded the Kunsskool in Stellenbosch, which later became the Akademie vir Dramakuns. Soon afterwards she and Burger moved to Bloemfontein, where she became a leading figure in the local Afrikaans amateur theatre society, the Teatergroep. Suzanne van Wyk replaced her at the ADK. She also acted in several films, but came to specialise in wardrobe and costume design.
1935 – Die Indringer (Afrikaanse Nasionale Studentebond, University of Cape Town), 1936 – Die Heks (Directed by Anna Viljoen for the Kaapstadse Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging), 1938 – Die Wit Muur (Directed by Anna Richter-Visser for the Kaapstadse Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging), 1940 – Hélène (Directed by W.J.B. Pienaar for the Kaapstadse Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging), 1953 – Die Ryk Weduwee (Directed by Anna Richter-Visser for the NTO at the Library Theatre).
1964 – Piet my Niggie (Feature) (Director: Jan Perold), 1982 – ‘n Lug vol Helder Wolke (TV movie) (Director: Franz Marx), 1982 – Ampie (TV movie) (Director: Schalk Jacobsz), 1983 – Mattewis en Meraai (TV series) (Director: Franz Marx), 1983 – Geel Trui vir ‘n Wenner (Feature) (Director: Franz Marx), 1985 – Agter Elke Man (TV series) (Director: Franz Marx).
Wardrobe & Costume Designer
1963 – Kimberley Jim (Director: Jamie Uys), 1964 – Dingaka (Director: Jamie Uys), 1965 – King Hendrik (Director: Emil Nofal), 1969 – Vrolike Vrydag 13de (Director: Richard Daneel), 1969 – Danie Bosman: die Verhaal van die Grootste S.A. Komponis (Director: Elmo de Witt), 1970 – Satan’s Harvest (Director: Douglas K. Stone), 1970 – Taxi! (Director: Joe Stewardson), 1971 – Pressure Burst (Director: George Canes), 1971 – The Men from the Ministry (Director: Tom Meehan), 1974 – Ikati Elimnyama (Director: Simon Sabela), 1974 – Skadu’s van Gister (Director: Francois Swart), 1975 – Seuns van die Wolke / Wing Commander (Director: Franz Marx), 1975 – u’Deliwe (Director: Simon Sabela), 1975 – Dingetjie is Dynamite! (My Naam Is Nog Steeds Dingetjie) (Director: Ivan Hall).
1969 – Vrolike Vrydag 13de (Director: Richard Daneel).
Le Roux, André I. & Fourie, Lilla – Filmverlede: geskiedenis van die Suid-Afrikaanse speelfilm (1982)
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