She was born in Utrecht. In 1954, she went to Paris to study at IDHEC and then went to Roma at the Experimental Cinema Center. In 1959, she was assistant to Federico Fellini on La Dolce Vita. She worked with Fons Rademakers she married in 1960. In 1981, she made her first film awarded best first Dutsch film in 1982 and participated in the Semaine de la critique in 1983.