Gorvin, Joana Maria

BORN 30 Sep 1922, Sibiu, Siebenbürgen - DIED 2 Sep 1993, Klosterneuburg, Niederösterreich
BIRTH NAME Glückselig, Maria Gerda
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Waldfriedhof Dahlem, Hüttenweg 47, Steglitz-Zehlendorf (Feld 011-136)

Maria Gluckselig came from a musical family. Her father Karl Gluckselig was musician and conductor and her mother waas a singer. After her education in Hermannstadt she learned acting at the Staatliche Schauspielschule in Berlin where Gustaf Gründgens was her teacher. During her studies she assumed the name Joana Maria Gorvin because Gründgens feared she would be discriminated if she used her own name.

In 1941 she was engaged at the Stadttheater in Potsdam and in 1943 Jürgen Fehling engaged her at the Staatstheater in Berlin. They became lovers and she was his companion for many years..

She appeared as Zoe in Ion Luca Caragiale's "Der verlorene Brief" ("The Lost Letter") that she had translated herself from the Germans. In 1944 the theatre was closed because of the war. After the war she was successful as Gretchen in "Faust". She was engaged at the Hebbeltheater and at the Bayerischen Staatsschauspiel in Munich.

In 1955 she became an Austrian citizen and she moved to Klosterneuburg near Vienna, although she also took care of the depressed Jürgen Fehling until his death in Hamburg in 1968. In 1960 she met Gründgens again in Hamburg and this led to a renewed cooperation.

In 1971 she married the businessman Dr.Maximilian Bauer. Occasionally she still acted. From 1978 to 1981 she appeared at the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna. From 1978 onwards she also appeared als Glaube in "Jedermann" at the Festspiele in Salzburg. She continued acting until shortly before her death.

She died in Klosterneuburg in 1993 and according to her own wishes she was buried in Berlin.

Related persons
• was pupil of Gründgens, Gustaf


The grave of Joana Maria Gorvin at the Waldfriedhof Dahlem, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (17 Jul 2005)


Internet Movie Database
• Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2006
Joana Maria Gorvin
Joana Maria Gorvin – Wikipedia

Gosse, Emily

Published: 23 Jul 2017
Last update: 04 Jan 2022