Benita Steinmann and Uli von Bödefeld

Benita Steinmann, née Richter (April 7, 1940 - December 3, 1996), was a German puppeteer from Berlin who played Uli von Bödefeld on Sesamstrasse from 1978 until the character retired in 1988.

Initially a graphic designer, she was introduced to puppetry through her marriage to puppeteer Peter Klaus Steinmann. Following her job on Sesamstrasse, she went on to perform in 57 plays.

Benita Steinmann died of lung cancer at age 56.