Thimig, Helene

ACTOR (AUSTRIA)
BORN 5 Jun 1889, Wien - DIED 7 Nov 1974, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Feuerhalle Simmering, 11., Simmeringer Hauptstraße 337 (Abteilung AL1, Nummer 52 (Urnenhain))

Helene Thimig was the daughter of actor Hugo Thimig, who was director of the Burgtheater in Vienna from 1912 until 1918. After she visited a girls' school in Vienna she was taught acting by her father and by Hedwig Bleibtreu.

After gaining some experience in Vienna, she worked at Meiningen for a few years. In 1914 she was employed by Max Reinhardt at the Königliche Schauspielhaus (Royal Theatre) in Berlin. Between 1916 and 1918 she was married to the actor Paul Kalbeck. From 1917 until 1933 she was engaged at the Deutschen Theater in Berlin. After the nazi's came to power in 1933 she moved to Austria, where she worked at the Theater in der Jozefstadt (in Vienna), which was also managed my Max Reinhardt. She married Reinhardt in 1935. In 1937 they emigrated to the USA, where they founded an acting school.

After Reinhardt died in 1943 Helene Thimig stayed in the USA. Apart from her work as a teacher she played several small parts in movies. In 1946 she returned to Europe, where she was a director at the Festspiele in Salzburg. She also returned to the Burgtheater and the Theater in der Josefstadt. From 1948 until 1959 she was the manager of the Max Reinhardt Seminar. She was also a professor at the Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst (Academy for Music and Performing Arts) in Vienna. Her third husband was the actor Anton Edthofer.

Family
• Father: Thimig, Hugo
• Husband: Reinhardt, Max
• Brother: Thimig, Hermann

Related persons
• was pupil to Bleibtreu, Hedwig
• was pupil to Thimig, Hugo

Sources
Helene Thimig
• Wurm, Ernst, Helene Thimig, Österreichischer BundesverlagÖsterreich, Wien, 1969

Images

Plaque for Helene Thimig at the urn wall of the Feuerhalle Simmering, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Aug 2005)

 

Plaque for Helene Thimig (above, right) at the urn wall of the Feuerhalle Simmering, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Aug 2005)

 

Helene Thimig. [Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division]
 

Helen Thimig.
Picture by Phot. Becker & Maass

 

The urn of Helene Thimig at the Feuerhalle Simmering, Vienna. It was moved within the building from a different location since 2005.
Picture by Androom (12 Aug 2010)

 


Thimig, Hermann

Published: 9 Jul 2006
Last update: 22 Jul 2012