Wolter, Charlotte

BORN 1 Mar 1834, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 14 Jun 1897, Wien: Hietzing
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 32 A, Nummer 20)

Charlotte Wolter was born at Cologne and started her acting career in Budapest in 1857. From 1859 to 1861 she worked for the recently built Victoria Theatre in Berlin. In 1861 she left for the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg and in 1862 she was contracted by Heinrich Laube, director of the Burgtheater in Vienna, where she was engaged until her death.

She played well known parts like Lady MacBeth, but also starred in Grillparzer's plays, like "Hero", "Sappho" and "Medea". She also managed to turn Wilbrandt's "Arria und Messalina" into a success thanks to her powerful portrayal of Messalina (In 1875 Hans Makart would paint her as Messalina). As Messalina she was also a sensation in Berlin in 1876. Her outcry during dramatic moments became famous as the "Wolter-Schrei".

In 1876 she married the Belgian count Charles O'Sullivan de Grass (d.1888). After her unexpected death in 1897 she was buried in the costume of Iphigenia, according to her own wishes.

Related persons
• was pupil to Glassbrenner-Peroni, Adele
• was a friend of Makart, Hans
• was painted by Makart, Hans


The grave of Charlotte Wolter at the Zentralfiedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (26 Aug 2002)


"Charlotte Wolter as Messalina" by Hans Makart (1875, Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien).


Charlotte Wolter.
Picture by Dr. Székely, Wien


The grave of Charlotte Wolter at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (20 Aug 2007)


• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
PsyArt Journal

Wolzogen, Caroline, Baronin von

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 18 Aug 2022