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Ursula Ehler in 2012 at the award ceremony for the German Theater Prize for her and her partner Tankred Dorst's life's work

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The author Ursula Ehler is dead. Ehler died on Monday in Berlin at the age of 84, as the Suhrkamp publishing house announced on Tuesday, citing the family.

Ehler was the artistic partner and wife of the writer Tankred Dorst (1925-2017) for many years.

The couple received many awards together.

Ehler was born in Bamberg.

After studying sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, she worked as a librarian at the Bavarian State Library.

She also worked in Munich at the “Kleines Spiel” marionette studio.

The collaboration with Dorst, who was at times one of the most frequently performed authors on German-speaking stages, began early on.

She has worked with Dorst as a co-author since 1971.

She also supported him in his production of “The Ring of the Nibelung” at the Bayreuth Festival, which ran from 2006 to 2010.

The playwright duo was married until Dorst's death in 2017.

Ehler has been an honorary member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts since 2018.

Together with Dorst, Ehler received, among other things, the E.-T.-A. Hoffmann Prize (1998) and the German Theater Prize Der Faust (2012).