BORN 25 Sep 1869, Berlin - DIED 11 Nov 1942, Wien|
REAL NAME Drews, Marie Therese
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Feuerhalle Simmering, 11., Simmeringer Hauptstraße 337 (Abteilung 1, Ring 3, Gruppe 6, Nummer 169 (ashes))
Annie Dirkens was educated as a singer in Berlin and under Nina Falkenberg in Dresden. She debuted at the Viktoriatheater in Berlin and performed in Leipzig, Vienna and London, where she was Adele in "Der Fledermaus" at the Theater an der Wien in 1896. In Vienna she also worked for the Theater in der Josefstad and the Carltheater.
After her marriage to Wilhelm Freiherrn von Hammerstein-Equord on 14 Jul 1898 she was a baroness but she continued to perform as Annie Dirkens. In 1898 she was in R. Heuberger's "Der Opernball".
During the First World War she worked in a war hospital but she was wounded and was forced to end her career. Her husband died in 1915. Afterwards she worked at a tobacco stand near the Burgtheater.