Girardi, Alexander

ACTOR (AUSTRIA)
BORN 5 Dec 1850, Graz, Steiermark - DIED 20 Apr 1918, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 33 E, Reihe 9, Nummer 16)

Alexander Girardi was famous for his parts in plays by Ferdiand Raimund and in operetta's by Strauss, Lehar and others. In 1871 he worked at the Strampfer Theatre and from 1874 until 1896 he was engaged at the Theater an der Wien. He was among the most popular men in Vienna and many people wore a so called Girardi hat.

In 1893 he married the popular actress Helene Odilon. The marriage was a disaster and at a certain time Odilon even managed to make the famous physician Julius Wagner-Jauregg sign an order to have Girardi locked up in an asylum. But Wagner-Jauregg hadn't even examined Girardi and the actor managed to escape this fate. In 1896 the marriage came to an end.

As an actor he also visited the stages of Hamburg, Berlin and Dresden. Two months before he died in 1918 he debuted at the Burgtheater in Vienna in Raimund's "The Farmer as Millionaire". His statue by Offo Hofner can be found at the Karlsplatz in Vienna.

Family
• Wife: Odilon, Helene

Related persons
• has a connection with Wagner-Jauregg, Julius

Sources
• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
Girardi, Alexander
Wikipedia (German)

Images

The grave of Alexander Girardi at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Jan 1999)

 


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Published: 19 Dec 2008
Last update: 18 Oct 2009