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Hendrikje Fitz first achieved
recognition onstage, but she became known across Germany for a single role in a
weekly television soap opera, which she played for 18 years.
She was born on
September 15, 1961, in Frankfurt am Main, into an acting family: her father
Peter and her brother Florian were actors as well. At the age of 20, Hendrikje began
to act onstage at the Freie Volksbühne Berlin. After completing an
apprenticeship in acting and singing, she performed throughout Germany,
including work for the touring theater Neue Schaubühne.
She became known to the
broader public for her role as Pia Heilmann in the television soap In aller Freundschaft ("In all
friendliness"), a weekly series about the staff of a fictional hospital in
Saxony. Starting in 1998, Fitz played the wife of the physician Roland Heilmann.
Pia is a kind, cooperative, and self-reliant woman, known as the warm center of
her family. Later in the show's run, Pia works as a physiotherapist in her
husband's clinic, increasing her importance to the series. Like many families in
serials, the Heilmanns live with seniors and children who aren't related to
them. Most episodes of the show are about one-time characters admitted to the
hospital, but the Heilmann family always appears in some way.
Besides her work for
the soap, Fitz had some smaller appearances on television, mainly episode roles
in crime series or medical-drama series. In 2015, she appeared in the
documentary series Das perfekte Promi
Dinner ("The perfect celebrity dinner"). While working on this
program, she was informed about her second affliction. In 2014, she had been
diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. Surgery and chemotherapy seemed
to be successful, but after one year the cancer returned, and her chances of
survival were slight. She did not stop working and said in an interview that
her work gave her energy to withstand the disease. Although her diagnosis was terminal,
her character was not written out of the series: Pia Heilmann went to Spain to
have a timeout from the clinic and the family.
Her timeout will now
last forever. Hendrikje Fitz died on April 7, 2016, in Berlin, at the age of
54. WEP, who scores 19 points (14 for age, 5 for solo), is now in a series as
well, scoring points for a German television actress for the second year in a
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