Gross, Jenny

BORN 5 Sep 1863, Szantho, Hungary - DIED 8 May 1904, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 45 B, Reihe G1, Nummer 12)

Jenny Gross was the youngest of six children. She came to Vienna as a child and Adolf von Sonnenthal discovered her for the stage when she was fifteen years old. Caesarine Kupfer-Gomansky gave her acting lessons and she succesfully debuted at the Carltheater in Vienna in" AschenBrödel" and the theatre contracted hr in 1878. In 1881 she moved to the Wiener Stadttheater. After the fire at the Stadttheater on 16 May 1884 she was to be engaged at the Burgtheater but the negotiations lingered on and she went to the Schauspielhaus in Berlin instead. There she debuted on 8 October 1885.

In 1888 Oskar von Blumenthal contracted her for the new Lessing-Theater and she worked there almost until her death. She was best known for her part Madame Sans Gene in the play by Victorien Sardou. She and Blumenthal had acquired the rights for this play and her success in it made her rich. In 1903 she left the Lessing-Theater for the Residenz-Theater in Dresden. She died after an operation in 1904 in Berlin.

During her life she knew Johann Salvator of Austria-Toscana and King Milan of Serbia. After her death Maximilian Harden stated that she had made her fortune by her love affairs but Karl Krauss citicized him severely for saying so.

Related persons
• was criticized by Harden, Maximilian
• was photographed by Schaarwächter, Julius


The grave of Jenny Gross at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (28 Aug 2014)


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Published: 03 Apr 2022
Last update: 18 Aug 2022