Helmut Dietl was born in 1944 in Bad Wiessee and studied Theater and Art History. He then started working in television as a floor manager before going to Munich's Kammerspiele Theater to become an assistant director. His first work as a director for television was the series Muenchner Geschichten in 1973. He followed this by serving as a producer for an independent production company and directed such legendary TV series as Der ganz normale Wahnsinn (1978), Monaco Franze (1983), and Kir Royal (1986). His award-winning films include: Der Durchdreher (1979), Schtonk! (1992), Rossini oder Die moerderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief (1996), Late Show (1999), and About the Looking for and the Finding of Love (Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe, 2004).