Well-recognized at home
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Hannelore Elsner

WELL-RECOGNIZED AT HOME: Although Elsner is largely unknown to U.S. audiences, she is so celebrated in her homeland that she received the Order of Merit, the highest tribute Germany pays to individuals for service to the country. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)
GENERATIONS INTERSECT: Elsner plays a lovesick woman in “Vivere,” which opened Friday in L.A. (Regent Releasing)