Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer

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Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer
Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer.jpg
lithograph by Franz Hanfstängl
Born (1800-06-23)23 June 1800
Died 25 August 1868(1868-08-25) (aged 68)
Occupation Actress, writer
Language German
Nationality German
Genre Theatre
Charlotte Birch Pfeiffer, Joseph Anton Bauer, 1855

Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer (23 June 1800 [1799?] in Stuttgart – 25 August 1868 in Berlin) was a German actress and writer.


She was the daughter of an estate agent named Pfeiffer. She received her early training at the Munich court theatre. She made her debut in Munich at the age of 13, and in 1818 began to play leading tragic roles at various theatres. In 1825, she married the historian Christian Andreas Birch of Copenhagen, but continued to act.[1]

From 1837 to 1843, she managed the theatre at Zürich. After visiting professionally most of the cities in Germany, in 1844 she accepted an engagement at the royal theatre in Berlin, to which she remained attached until her death.[1]

Her daughter, Wilhelmine von Hillern, also became an actress.[1]

In 2011 Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer's work was honoured by the Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster.[2][3]


Dramatization of popular novels was her specialty, for which her intimate knowledge of the technical necessities of the stage fitted her. Her plays, adapted and original, fill 23 volumes (Gesammelte dramatische Werke; Leipzig, 1863–1880). Many continued to retain the public favor. Her novels and tales were collected in three volumes (Gesammelte Novellen und Erzählungen; Leipzig, 1863–1865).[1] Among her plays are:


  1. ^ a b c d Chisholm 1911.
  2. ^ "Frauenehrungen" (in German). Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Frauenehrungen der Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster" (PDF) (in German). Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster. 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 

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