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Judith Holzmeister and Ewald Balser in 'Torqato Tasso' at the Burgtheater in 1955.

Judith Holzmeister dies at 88

Legendary Austrian actress Judith Holzmeister died in Baden on Monday, aged 88.

Following the sad news Cultural Minister Claudia Schmied said, "Judith Holzmeister counted among those who never concealed their dissapproval of National Socialism. It was her inner duty to help, where she could."

Holzmeister most memorably played alongside Ewald Balser as 'Kunigunde' in Grillparzer's 'König Ottokars Glück und Ende' when the Burgtheater reopened in 1955.

In recognition of her long career, she was made an honorary member of the theatre in 2000.

Holzmeister was born on 14 February 1920 in Innsbruck. She made her acting debut in the Provincial Theater in Linz and was engaged by the Burg Theater in 1947. She worked there until her retirement, and played almost every majory female role in world literature.

In addition to the career on the stage, she also performed on television and in flim. She was awarded the Kainz Medal, awarded yearly between 1958 and 1999 to prominent actors.

During the Second World War, while she was working at the Volkstheater, she was involved with resistance groups and helped hide Jews from the Nazis.

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