Eysoldt, Gertrud

ACTOR, DIRECTOR (GERMANY)
BORN 30 Nov 1870, Pirna, Sachsen: Marktgasse 1 - DIED 6 Jan 1955, Ohlstadt, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof (CH (H4-18))

Gertrud Eysoldt debuted at the Court Theatre in Munich in 1890. She performed in Dresden, Riga, Stuttgart and Berlin. It was largely because of her acting that the staging of Frank Wedekind "Erdgeist" in Berlin in 1902 became a succes after many audiences had failed to understand Wedekind's work.

From the 1920s onwards she was a teacher at the school of the Deutsche Theater in Berlin. From 1920 until 1922 she was the manager of the small theatre Berlin-Charlottenburg, where she staged Schnitzler's "Reigen" on 23 Dec 1920, allthough the censor had forbidden it. Together with the actors she was put on trial, but acquitted in 1921.

In 1923 she made her movie debut in "Das brennende Geheimnis" and in the following years she often played vamps. In 1928 she quit the movie scene and concentrated on theatre. In 1941 she she returned to the cinema and in 1945 she became a honorary member of the Deutsche Theater.

Related persons
• performed work of Wedekind, Frank

Sources
Gertrud Eysoldt – Wikipedia
• Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2005
Porträt der Schauspielerin Gertrud Eysoldt by Thomas Staedeli

Images

The grave of Gertrud Eysoldt at the Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (26 Mar 2007)

 


Faber, Georg

Published: 17 Jun 2007
Last update: 26 Jun 2016