Edith Leyrer

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Edith Leyrer (2015)

Edith Leyrer (born 1946)[1][unreliable source?] is an Austrian actress. She has worked in several theatres in Austria and Germany and is known for her cabaret work.[2] She has also appeared in films including the 1968 television film of Robert Stolz's Wenn die kleinen Veilchen blühen.

Born in Vienna, Leyrer told her family when she was 3 that she wanted to be an actress.[3] She studied dance at the Academy of Music in Vienna (now the University of Music and Performing Arts), debuted as a dancer at the age of 15, replacing an injured soloist, and was engaged by the Saarbrücken State Theatre at 16 after only a year of theatrical studies.[2][4] She appeared with Martin Flossmann at the Kabarett "Simpl" in Vienna for 15 years beginning in 1978.[2][4][5]

In 2009 she published a joke book with Ferdi Besim, proprietor of a Vienna Oriental carpet business.[6]

In 2004 she was awarded the Goldenes Verdienstzeichen des Landes Wien by the State of Vienna.[4] She is honorary president of Make-A-Wish Austria.[4]


  1. ^ "Edith Leyrer", Who Is Who In Österreich, retrieved 4 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Edith Leyrer, Wien's Grande Dame des klassischen Kabaretts", Österreichische Illustrierte Freizeit-Journal, 2/2009 (German)
  3. ^ "Edith Leyrers Herzenswünsche", ORF, 29 June 2012 (German)
  4. ^ a b c d "Auszeichnungen für Ossy Kolmann und Edith Leyrer", Press release, City of Vienna, 31 March 2004 (German)
  5. ^ "Beine hoch für 100 Jahre Simpl", Kurier, 15 September 2012 (German)
  6. ^ "Edith Leyrer und Ferdi Besim präsentierten ihr erstes Buch", Vienna Online, 30 November 2009, updated 27 September 2011 (German)

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