She was a movie star in the post-war years: Herta Staal. The actress also enjoyed great success in the theater. For many years she had lived in seclusion in Munich, where she now died very old.
Munich (dpa) – Herta Staal made a career in front of the film camera and on the theater stage in the 50s and 60s – among other things with films such as “Die Rosel vom Schwarzwald” (1956). The native of Vienna died on Saturday at the age of 91 in Munich, her adopted home.
Marion Wagner, a close friend of the former actress, announced this to the German press agency. The burial is to take place in Austria. Staal had withdrawn from the industry decades ago.
Acting, dance, singing, dubbing – Herta Staal was an artistic all-rounder. During her more than 40-year career she has appeared on stage all over Germany and has celebrated success with appearances in Tennessee Williams’ “The Tattooed Rose” or as “Colombe” (1957) in the play of the same name by Jean Anouilh.
In addition, she played in film and television productions such as “Where the old woods rush” (1956) and “A waltz dream” (1969). She appeared in operettas and musicals, worked for radio and as a voice actress.
On stage for the first time at 18
Staal had completed classical dance training, including at the Vienna State Opera, as well as studying acting and singing. At the age of 18 she made her debut at the Wiener Stadttheater. Engagements have taken her to the Vienna Citizens’ Theater and the Graz State Theater. Cinema star Johannes “Jopi” Heesters (1903-2011) once stood on stage with Staal in Vienna and then invited the then 20-year-old on a tour of Germany – so she switched to the tragic subject and left her home country Austria.
Herta Staal has lived in Munich for more than 35 years – in a “delightful little apartment on the eighth floor with a wonderful view of the Alps”, as she said in a dpa interview on the occasion of her 85th birthday. Even in old age, she kept finding fan mail in her mailbox. “People haven’t forgotten me yet.”