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Peter Märthesheimer (Kiel, 9 July 1937 – Berlin, 18 June 2004) was a German screenwriter, producer and author.
Märthesheimer studied economics and sociology in Frankfurt am Main. From 1964 onwards he was editor and dramaturge at WDR for ten years, then at Bavaria Film until 1981. In 1994 he became professor for screenplay and dramaturgy at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. He was also a dramaturgy consultant at the University of Television and Film Munich and the BKM.
In collaboration with Pea Fröhlich he wrote the screenplays for the Rainer Werner Fassbinder films The Marriage of Maria Braun and Veronika Voss. He was a producer for the film Martha. The TV series Eight Hours Don't Make a Day and Berlin Alexanderplatz he cooperated with Fassbinder. In collaboration with Wolfgang Menge he created the sensational television productions Das Millionenspiel and Smog as well as the unconventional family series Ein Herz und eine Seele.
In 2000 he published the novel Ich bin die Andere. In the book he dealt with the subject of multiple personalities.
His written legacy can be found in the archive of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.