Maria Holst

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Maria Holst (as Maria Czizek * April 2, 1917 in Vienna , † October 8, 1980 in Salzburg ) was an Austrian theater and film actress.

She attended the theater school in Prague and the Max Reinhardt seminar in Vienna. In 1935 she made her debut at the Landestheater Linz and one year later moved to the Theater an der Wien . In 1937 she played at the city theater in Brno , from 1938 she was part of the ensemble of the Vienna Burgtheater . During this time she became a major stage actress. She was the glory in George Bernard Shaw's Man can never know (1939), Wlasta in Franz Grillparzer's Libussa (1941), Elisabeth in Friedrich Schiller's Don Carlos (1942), Prothoe in Heinrich von Kleist's Penthesilea (1943) and Portia in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1943).

At the age of 19 she played in first films, e.g. B. in Lumpacivagabundus with Heinz Rühmann the Amorosa. However, she only became famous in 1940 when she played the singer Marie Geistinger in the historical film Operetta under the direction of Willi Forst . She celebrated a similar success the following year, when she, again under Forst's direction, was the focus of the operetta film Wiener Blut .

In the 50s she received important supporting roles in several productions typical of the time such as Grün ist die Heide and The Trapp Family .

Maria Holst married the painter and graphic artist Eugen Graf Ledebur in 1944 . After the divorce in 1954, she was married to the Berlin doctor Rudolf Röttger (1919–1976). The daughter Elisabeth (* 1957) emerged from this marriage.

In 1980 she tragically suffocated while eating. Maria Holst's grave is in the Heerstrasse cemetery in the Westend district of Berlin (grave location: I-Ur-51). She rests there by her second husband, who died in 1976.


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