Dahn, Constanze

BORN 14 Jun 1814, Kassel, Hessen - DIED 26 Mar 1894, Chiemsee, Bayern: Landhaus
BIRTH NAME Legaye, Constanze
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alte Südfriedhof, Thalkirchnerstrasse 17 (Right wall - SP-21)

Daughter of the french Master of the Choir A. Le Gaye, who was engaged in Kassel by king Jerôme. She appeared on the stage when she was seven years old and as early as 1824 she performed at the Stadttheater in Hamburg. In 1831 she was successful as Gretchen in "Faust", also in Hamburg.

In 1833 she moved to Munich, where she became one of the favourite actresses of King Ludwig I. She sat for the painter Stieler to be painted for Ludwig's beauty gallery, but her portrait was never included because the king didn't like the painting. Ludwig I was less amused when she warned him against his mistress Lola Montez.

She had married the actor Friedrich Dahn in 1833, but they divorced in 1850. They had two sons. Felix became an author and Ludwig an actor.

In 1854 her performance in "Minna von Barnhelm" was a great success. She withdrew from the stage in 1865. She spent the rest of her life in a house near the Chiemsee where she died in 1894. Ernst von Possart spoke at her funeral in Munich.

• Son: Dahn, Ludwig

Related persons
• has a connection with Ludwig I, König von Bayern
• was teacher to Spitzeder, Adele


The grave of Constanze Dahn and Ludwig Dahn at the Alte Südfriedhof, München.
Picture by Androom (22 Aug 2008)


• Scheibmayr, Erich, Wer? Wann? Wo? (Letzter) Teil 3, Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 2002

Dahn, Ludwig

Published: 13 Sep 2008
Last update: 15 Feb 2022