Gitte Haenning – an exceptional showbiz talent celebrated her 60th birthday on the 29th of June 2006 and can look back on a more than 50 year long career. In the 50’s, similar to little Conny Froeboess here in Germany, Gitte rocketed to teen-idol status in her homeland, Denmark. With the song Ich will ‘nen Cowboy als Mann she won the Deutsche Schlagerfestspiele in 1963. Shortly afterwards, she and Rex Gildo are hailed as German pops dream couple. The song Stadtpark die Laternen also reaches number one spot. Before long, Gitte feels she has been typecast and decides to leave the mainstream. She makes movies, dedicates herself to jazz music and stays a hit artist with songs like Ich hab die Liebe verspielt in Monte Carlo and So schön kann doch kein Mann sein. In 1973, she represents Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Junger Tag.
Following an ebb to her popularity and a broken marriage with her manager, Gitte manages a successful comeback in the late 70’s, with songs like Freu Dich bloss nicht zu früh, Ich will alles and Ich bin stark. The blonde young star with the sugar-sweet image becomes a self-confident woman, complete with fresh, new pop songs. But that’s not all. She embodies leading roles in several German and Danish plays, i.e. in Shakespeare and Rock n’ Roll and in an adatation of The Magic Flute, she releases records in French, English, Italian, Finnish, Dutch, Spanish, German and Danish, participates in more than 120 TV shows all over Europe and debarks on tour. She is virtually swamped with awards, such as the Stimmgabel in platinum, the Goldener Löwe and the Goldene Kamera! She celebrates triumph after triumph together with her Nordic vocal colleagues Wencke Myhre and Siw Malmquist in a musical revue and becomes more popular than ever before!
The author and film director Marc Boettcher accompanies Gitte Haenning in this co-production with the NDR – supported by the Medienstiftung Schleswig Holstein – not only to the scenes of her greatest successes, but also presents her in private. This documentary enables relatives, colleagues and friends, such as Peter Kraus, Udo Lindenberg, Wencke Myhre, Knut Kiesewetter and Fritz Rau to have their say and presents hitherto unreleased film material.