Epic actress Sandra Prinsloo also known as Sandra Prinzlow, is a South African actress best known internationally for her role as Kate Thompson in the legend film The Gods Must Be Crazy.She was born on 15th September, 1947. Prinsloo has also appeared in numerous South African television, film, and stage productions.
The first time she came in contact with professional acting even though she didn’t have plans of acting was as a ballet dancer at a very early age and she occasionally ushered at the Breytenbach Theatre in Pretoria when she was in high school.
Prinsloo matriculated from the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool and then completed her B.A. honours in drama at the University of Pretoria. Afterwards, she became a member of the Performing Arts Council Transvaal acting company.
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In addition to her well-known role in The Gods Must Be Crazy, Prinsloo has had major roles in Target of an Assassin (1979), Quest for Love (1988), Die Prince van Pretoria (1992), Soweto Green (1995), ‘n Paw Paw fir My Darling (2015), Twee Grade van Moord (2016).
Prinsloo was also in the original cast of Egoli: Place of Gold, South Africa’s first soap opera. For many years, she hosted her own talk show, RaakPraat met Sandra, on South Africa television. She has also conducted a series of interviews with personalities and celebrities for South African TV, Sandra Op ‘n Drafstap.
She has acted in a number of South African television series and movies throughout her career, including Erfsondes (2012); Hartland (2011); Known Gods (2005); Saints, Sinners, and Settlers (1999); and Konings (1991) among others
In 1985, Prinsloo and fellow actor John Kani caused a South African audience walk-out when performing the play Miss Julie by August Strindberg. In the title role, Prinsloo played a white woman seducing a black man. The play marked the first on-stage occurrence of a black man kissing a white woman under the Apartheid regime and this triggered a lot of negative effects from her viewers and fans. The actors later performed the play at the Edinburgh Festival and in 1986, Heaney directed a TV movie of the play for Swedish and Finnish television, which starred both Prinsloo and Kani.
In 2012, Prinsloo returned to the Edinburgh Festival with The Sewing Machine, an English-language translation of the Afrikaans-language play, Die Naaimasjien. In the 2000s, Prinsloo appeared on the South African stage in productions of Oskar en die Pienk Tannie; Janneman; Nag, Ma (Night Mother); and Liefde, Anna.
Prinsloo has received notable awards as a successful actress. In 2013, she received the ACT (Arts and Culture Trust) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Then in 2014, she was the recipient of a national order by the South African government, the Order of Ikhamanga in silver, for those whose outstanding work has benefited South Africa.