Enghaus, Christine

BORN 9 Feb 1817, Braunschweig, Niedersachsen - DIED 29 Jun 1910, Wien
BIRTH NAME Engehausen, Johanne Louise Christine
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Evangelischer Friedhof Matzleinsdorf, 10. Triesterstraße 1 (Gruft 38)

Christine Enghaus came from a poor family. Her father died when she was six years old and she worked from an early age. When she was seven she was allowed to join the children's ballet at the Hoftheater in Braunschweig. Her talent was recognized and after she had several roles in plays she was discovered by K. Köchy, who supported her career.

In 1829 she was engaged at the Hoftheater and in 1833, aged only sixteen, she had her break with the part of Joan of Arc in Bremen. She was instantly engaged there. During a performance in Hamburg she was noticed by Friedrich Hebbel. By 1840 she was famous and brought to Vienna by the Burgtheater.

She married Hebbel in Vienna in 1846 and often appeared in the plays that were written by her husband. They had a son who died after three months (1846-1847) and a daughter, another Christine (1847-1922). They continued to live in Vienna, but she also performed in Weimar. Hebbel died in 1863. She continued acting until she retired in 1875. She survived her husband for 47 years and died in Vienna in 1910, aged 93.

• Husband: Hebbel, Friedrich (1846-1863, Wien)


The grave of Christian Friedrich Hebbel and Christine Enghaus at the Evangelischer Friedhof Matzleinsdorf.
Picture by Androom (26 Aug 2002)


The grave of Friedrich Hebbel and Christine Enghaus at the Evangelischer Friedhof Matzleinsdorf, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (11 Aug 2018)


• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
Christine Enghaus - Wikipedia

Ensslin, Gudrun

Published: 27 Dec 2009
Last update: 02 May 2022