1230 Liesing


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Alma-Seidler-Weg (Erlaa), named in 2000 after the chamber actress Alma Seidler.

Alma Seidler (06/08/1899-12/08/1977) belonged to the ensemble of the Burgtheater in Vienna from 1918. Until her death, she played here in numerous leading and supporting roles.

For example, in 1927 she was Käthchen von Heilbronn and in 1935 Hannele in Gerhart Hauptmann’s Hanneles Himmelfahrt, 1938 Suzanne in Der tolle Tag oder Figaro’s Hochzeit, 1947 Lenore in Torquato Tasso, 1963 Mathilde von Zahnd in Die Physiker and was still active in 1975 in the staging of the Birds directed by Luca Ronconi. She was very rarely active outside the Burgtheater, especially at the Salzburg Festival.

After 1945, Alma Seidler, who until then had worked almost exclusively as a theater actress, appeared in feature films quite often. There she mostly portrayed noble, dignified women in supporting roles. In the theatrical film version of Alpenkönig und Menschenfeind, she was seen for the last time in a feature film in 1965 alongside Attila Hörbiger, who played Rappelkopf, as his ailing wife Antonie. She was one of the most important actresses of her time, playing classic and modern, comic and tragic roles with great expressiveness and versatility.

In 1959 she received the Josef Kainz Medal for her portrayal of Mrs. Dowey in J. M. Barrie’s play Die Medaillen einer alten Dame. According to his widow, Werner Krauß, the wearer of the Iffland ring who died in 1959, would have left the ring to Alma Seidler if tradition had not ruled out a woman from the outset. In 1960 she became an honorary member of the Burgtheater. Her husband was the director Karl Eidlitz.

The Alma Seidler Ring, donated in her honor for the most important stage artist in the German-speaking world, was awarded to Paula Wessely for the first time in 1979.