Like almost every country the Lebanese diaspora exists in, Germany is no different. It is full of Lebanese restaurants, businesses, celebrities, leaders, and notably talented members of the Lebanese diaspora.
Deputy of the German Ambassador to Lebanon, Dr. Michael Reuss, has remarked publically that the historical relations between Lebanon and Germany are strong and friendly. He applauded how the Lebanese government is dealing with the refugee crisis.
He also noted the critical and active role Germany is playing in UNIFIL for the past several years. He noted the significance of the recently issued “Declaration of Strong Support” by the German government to Lebanon as well. He stressed the strategic importance of Lebanon in the region and specifically to Europe.
Lebanon is of strategic importance indeed, and its diaspora has proven its contributions to the countries our people settle in across every discipline and field. Actress Margit Saad is one of these Lebanese descents who achieved recognitions and whose name became a timeless icon in the movie industry.
Born on the 30th of May 1929, in Munich, Bavaria, Margrit Saad was the daughter of a Lebanese Linguist father and a German language teacher mother originally from Düsseldorf. Saad went to become a German actress, working largely in German film and television but also made occasional English language appearances.
Showing a talent for acting at an early age, she made her screen debut in the film Eva erbt das Paradies. In 1960 she starred in the British drama film The Criminal. She followed it up with appearances in other British films and television programs.
Among them: The Rebel (US Call Me Genius, 1961) with Tony Hancock; Playback (1962), an entry in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of second features; The Saint in The Saint Sees It Through (1964); and The Magnificent Two (1967) supporting Morecambe and Wise.
Saad appeared in an early 1966 episode of the American television espionage series Blue Light. It was edited together with three other episodes later in 1966 to create the American theatrical film I Deal in Danger, which includes an appearance by the actress as well.
Saad is known for both her acting and directing. Her most popular work includes Robin Hood, the Noble Robber (1966) and Drei Birken auf der Heide (1956).
Saad married her fellow actor Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, known for his work on Le Nozze di Figaro (1976), Carmina Burana (1975) and Mitridate, rè di Ponto (1986). They had one son: Pierre-Dominique Ponnelle.
When Saad died in 1982 at the age of 90, she had over 56 movie credits to her name, according to her IMDb page. She is remembered as the timeless icon that she was.