Giehse, Therese

BORN 6 Mar 1898, München - DIED 3 Mar 1975, München
REAL NAME Gift, Therese
GRAVE LOCATION Zürich: Friedhof Fluntern, Zürichbergstrasse (Gruppe D, FG 80045)

Therese Giehse was born in Munich into a Jewish family. She debuted on the stage in 1920 and in 1925 she was engaged at the Kammerspiele in Munich. There she was very succesful until the nazi's came to power in 1933. She left for Zürich, where she continued her career and was a member of Erika Mann's cabaret "Die Pfeffermühle". She was also Erika's lover. In 1936 she married the Enlgish author John Hampson, who was a homosexual, to obtain a British passport.

In 1941 she performed in Zürich in the premiere of "Mother Courage and Her Children" by Bertold Brecht. After the war she returned to Germany and in 1950 she played Mother Courage again, this time directed by Brecht. She continued her theatre career during the 1950s and 1960s and also appeared in 20 movies and several television productions. She never talked about her affair with Erika Mann or other aspects of her private life. She died in Munich in 1975 of kidney failure after an eye operation and was buried in Zürich.

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The grave of Therese Giehse at the Fluntern Cemetery, Zürich.
Picture by Androom (18 Aug 2005)


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Gielen, Josef

Published: 2 Jan 2011
Last update: 2 Jan 2011