Becker-Neumann, Christiane

ACTOR (GERMANY)
BORN 15 Dec 1778, Crossen an der Oder - DIED 22 Sep 1797, Weimar
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Jakobskirchhof

Daughter of two actors. As a fourteen year old girl she was taught in Weimar by Goethe and Corona Schröter. In 1791 she performed succesfully in Shakespeare's "Konig Johann" ("King John") .

In 1793 she married the actor Johann Becker, who was thirteen years her senior. She bore him two children in rapid succession, but she died soon afterwards. Goethe heard of her death when he was in Zürich and he was deeply shocked. He wrote the poem "Euphrosyne" for her, after the last part he saw her in. In 1800 a commemorative column was placed for her in Rosenberg. In 1950 it was transported to the plot of the Marie-Seebach-Stifts at the historical cemetery in Weimar.

Related persons
• knew Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• was pupil to Schröter, Corona

Sources
• Dressler, Roland & Jochen Klauss, Weimarer Friedhöfe, Böhlau Verlag, Weimar, 1996
• Ranft, Gertrud, Historische Grabstätten aus Weimars Klassischer Zeit, Stadtmuseum Weimar, Weimar, 1979

Images

The grave of Christiane Becker-Neumann at the Jakobskirchhof in Weimar.
Picture by Androom (04 Feb 2005)

 


Beckers, Hubert

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 5 May 2016