Germany’s last playboy Rolf Eden: his women, his clubs

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Updated February 6, 2020, 3:51 p.m.

He is called the last German playboy: On February 6th Rolf Eden celebrates his 90th birthday. In his life he claims to have slept with 1,000 women. His trademark is his Rolls-Royce and his bright suits. So he became the famous Berlin nightclub owner. © spot on news


Rolf Eden was born on February 6, 1930 in Berlin. His Jewish family fled to Palestine with him in 1933. In 1948, he fought in an elite unit in the Israeli War of Independence. “Everyone hoped that he would survive. It didn’t traumatize me,” he said in an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” in 2012. In the early 1950s, Eden initially lived in Paris.

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In France he worked in various professions and also as an actor. He returned to Berlin in the mid-1950s. There he opened his first night club in 1957, the “Eden Saloon”. The clubs “New Eden”, “Eden Playboy Club”, “Keyhole”, “Big Eden”, “Blue Tattoo” and “Eden Theater” were added in the 1960s.

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Image of Mario Adorf, Rolf Eden

Especially in the 50s and 60s, Rolf Eden decisively shaped the nightlife in Berlin. His clubs also attracted celebrities. In addition to German stars such as Mario Adorf (left) and Curd Jürgens, international celebrities such as Charles Aznavour, David Niven, Ella Fitzgerald and Mick Jagger were among Eden’s guests.

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However, Eden is not only known as a playboy and nightclub owner, he also played minor roles in several films. In 1962 he got a role in the thriller “The Testament of Dr. Mabuse”. He also appeared in the films “Shameless” (1968), “Pension Clausewitz” (1967) and “The Man with the Golden Brush” (1969).

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Image of Rolf Eden, Uschi Buchfellner

Rolf Eden lives out his private life very openly. He still likes to talk about his numerous women and sex in interviews. Kai Fischer, Evelyn Künneke, Barbara Valentin, Barbara Capell and Ingrid Steeger are said to have belonged to his love affairs. He had a longer relationship with Uschi Buchfellner (right), who was the first German Playmate to be photographed for the US “Playboy”.

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According to his own statements, he slept with around 1,000 women in his life. “But that’s not much, you have to divide it by 65 years,” he said in an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” in 2010. The women he meets are always around 30 years old. “When the friends turn 30, I always think: How do I get rid of them? I just love young, fresh bodies,” he explained.

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Image of Rolf Eden, Alexander, Anja

Rolf Eden has seven children from seven women. He still had contact with all of them, he said. “We are a large family.” He doesn’t spend much money on himself, “but I pay 30,000 euros a month for my seven children and their mothers.” In the photo he can be seen with his son Alexander and daughter-in-law Anja.

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Image of Rolf Eden

After the fall of the wall, he sold his nightclubs – the last in 2002. In Berlin, however, he is still a well-known face with his Rolls-Royce and his bright suits. He still likes going out, as he emphasizes in many interviews: the Paris Bar in the heart of Berlin has been one of his favorite places for some years.

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Image of Rolf Eden

And if he dies, who will inherit his fortune? His family and his women. “Every now and then I change the will. Oh, and guaranteed, the woman who sleeps with me last gets 250,000 euros,” he told SZ.

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