Uschi Obermaier
Uschi Obermaier is a former fashion model
Model (person)
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, actress and is associated with the 1968 left-wing movement
German student movement
The German student movement was a protest movement that took place during the late 1960s in West Germany. It was largely a reaction against the perceived authoritarianism and hypocrisy of the German government and other Western governments, and the poor living conditions of students...

 in Germany
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. In the latter she is considered an iconic sex symbol
Sex symbol
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 of the so-called "1968 generation".

Obermaier and the Kommune 1

Uschi Obermaier was born in Sendling
Sendling is a borough of Munich. It is located south-west of the city centre and spans of the city boroughs Sendling and Sendling-Westpark. Sendling is sub-divided into Obersendling, Mittersendling and Untersendling...

, a suburb of Munich
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, Germany. She started an apprenticeship as a photo-restorer but gave it up to become a model. She was discovered by the magazine Twen. After a successful photo-shoot with photographer Guido Mangold in the Cameroon
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, she became its top model and internationally famous. She went on to work for other magazines and top photographers such as Helmut Newton
Helmut Newton
Helmut Newton, born Helmut Neustädter was a German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications."-Early life:Newton was born in Berlin, the son of Klara...

. Slim and petite, but feminine, she represented a new type of model and posed nude from the front for the first time on a magazine cover.

In Munich, Obermaier was briefly involved with Pamir
Pamir (ship)
Pamir was one of the famous Flying P-Liner sailing ships of the German shipping company F. Laeisz. She was the last commercial sailing ship to round Cape Horn, in 1949...

survivor Othello (a.k.a. Rudolf Liebzeit). She was briefly a member of the Munich-based experimental commune/band Amon Düül
Amon Düül
-External links:* - Extensive bio @ Perfect Sound Forever* mainly focussed on their collaboration with Robert Calvert of Hawkwind...

 around 1968/69 and lived in their commune
Commune may refer to:In society:* Commune, a human community in which resources are shared* Commune , a township or municipality* One of the Communes of France* An Italian Comune...

. She met communard Rainer Langhans at a concert at the end of 1968 and she soon moved from Munich to the Berlin
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-based Kommune 1
Kommune 1
Kommune 1 or K1 was the first politically-motivated commune in Germany. It was created on January 12, 1967, in West Berlin and finally dissolved in November 1969....

 after Langhans became her boyfriend. They talked openly to the media about their relationship, becoming symbols of the sexual revolution
Sexual revolution
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. They became the German version of John Lennon
John Lennon
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 and Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
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Kommune 1 was the first politically-motivated commune in Germany, and Obermaier's name is most intimately connected with the 1960s student rebellions in the minds of many Germans. However, she later said that she had no particular interest in politics, and that she moved into Kommune 1 simply to be close to Langhans. Photos of her at political demonstrations and with members of the Kommune appeared in all the popular magazines of the time.

After the end of Kommune 1 in 1969, Langhans and Obermaier moved to the Highfisch-Kommune in Munich.


Obermaier played alongside Iris Berben
Iris Berben
Iris Berben is a German actress. She grew up in Hamburg, where her parents ran a restaurant....

 in Rudolf Thome's Detektive (1968). She was the protagonist of Rote Sonne (1969). She also played a small role alongside Rainer Langhans in Haytabo, and portrayed Marlene in the film adaptation
Film adaptation
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 of the novel Blutrausch.


  • Obermaier’s photo is featured on the cover of the 12-inch single
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     "These Days" by Xu Xu Fang (released in 2007 by Vacancy Records).
  • She played maracas in the band Amon Düül
    Amon Düül
    -External links:* - Extensive bio @ Perfect Sound Forever* mainly focussed on their collaboration with Robert Calvert of Hawkwind...

    , aka Amon Düül I, on two albums: Collapsing (1970, released by Metronome) and Disaster (1972, released by BASF
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Life after the Kommune 1

In 1973, Uschi Obermaier fell in love with Dieter Bockhorn, the wealthy owner of a club in Hamburg
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's Reeperbahn
The Reeperbahn is a street in Hamburg's St. Pauli district, one of the two centres of Hamburg's nightlife and also the city's red-light district...

 red-light district.

Obermaier went on the Rolling Stones' 1975 tour
Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas '75
The Rolling Stones' Tour of the Americas '75 was a 1975 concert tour originally intended to reach both North and South America. The plans for concerts in Central and South American never solidifed, however, and the tour covered only the United States and Canada.-History:This was the Stones first...

 and is said to have had affairs with both Keith Richards
Keith Richards
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 and Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger
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, as well as with Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
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 – a visitor to Kommune 1 – with whom she can be seen kissing and cuddling farewell outside his West Berlin hotel Kempinski in the movie Last Experience.

Obermaier and Bockhorn traveled the world in a customized bus, first spending three years in Asia
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, then going to Mexico
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 and the U.S.
United States
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 for another three years.
Obermaier said in an interview (Galore, Issue 25) that reports that she and Bockhorn had a traditional wedding in every country they traveled in were untrue. They married only once, in India
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. Their relationship ended abruptly after ten years when Dieter Bockhorn died in a motorcycle accident in Mexico on New Year's Eve, 1983.

The authorized biography of Obermaier's life, High Times, was written by Obermaier and Olaf Kraemer. The book reached third place on the best seller list and stayed there for five months. This biography was adapted into a film biopic, Eight Miles High
Das Wilde Leben
Das Wilde Leben is a German biographical motion picture, set in the 1960s and depicting the "wild life" of Uschi Obermaier, a German groupie.- Synopsis :...

(original German title: Das Wilde Leben), screenplay adapted by Kraemer from his book. The controversial movie was directed by Achim Bornhak and released in February 2007. The movie was reclassified by distributors from PG 16 to PG 12 and reached number ten at the box office. The aggregate film review website Metacritic
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 awarded it a score of 32, based on 10 reviews.

Uschi Obermaier was granted American citizenship. Today, she lives in Topanga Canyon near Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
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, and works as a jewellery designer.


  • Uschi Obermaier: Das wilde Leben, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg 1994, ISBN 3-455-08603-9
  • Olaf Kraemer, Uschi Obermaier: High Times – Mein wildes Leben (Biography), Heyne Verlag, München 2007, ISBN 978-3-453-13010-4

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