Katja Eichinger is a German writer.

Born in 1971, Eichinger grew up in Kassel, home of the Documenta as well as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.


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Katja Eichinger attended Friedrichsgymnasium in Kassel, the same grammar school as the Brothers Grimm. As a way of surviving this Teutonic institution, her line between fantasy and reality soon began to blur. With dysfunction instilled from a young age, a career in entertainment naturally followed.

After a BSc in “Communication Studies” at London’s Brunel University and graduating from the British Film Institute’s MA program in 1995, she worked as a journalist specializing in film and popular culture, writing for Variety, Esquire, The Financial Times, The Independent on Sunday, Dazed & Confused, and German Vogue.  Her articles ranged from interviews with movie stars and filmmakers to stories such as “I Was a Teenage Groupie – But My Daughter Thinks I’m All Right Now,” “Why Are The Germans So Kinky?,” “Hitler Stole My Birthday” and “Female Spectatorship or Does My Gun Look Big in This?”

With the entertainment business now thoroughly demystified, Eichinger fell hopelessly in love with, and married, German über-producer Bernd Eichinger. She worked on the Oscar-nominated “The Baader Meinhof Complex” with him and wrote the book to go with the film. Despite her refusal to write his memoir, her husband continued to tell her stories of his hell raising adventures in the screen trade.  When Bernd tragically passed away, she decided to write these stories down in “BE”, her bestselling biography of (and love letter to) her late husband.

Eichinger continues to write essays and lectures on popular culture and together with Glenn O’Brien has presented “Warholmania” –  a retrospective of Andy Warhol’s paintings, video work and films at the Museum Brandhorst in Munich.

In 2014 Eichinger publishd her first novel  “American Solo”, which Süddeutsche Zeitung calls “an electrifying psycho-thriller about power, fear and the looming abyss.”

In 2020 Eichinger published the best-selling volume “Fashion and other Neuroses” (“Mode und andere Neurosen”), a book of 10 essays on fashion, gender and socio-cultural trends.

Eichinger is the chairwoman of the advisory board of C/O Berlin, an exhibition space for photography and visual media in Berlin.


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