Maria Hellwig

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Maria Hellwig
Born (1920-02-22)22 February 1920
Reit im Winkl, Germany
Died 26 November 2010(2010-11-26) (aged 90)
Ruhpolding, Germany
Occupation musician
Known for yodelling

Maria Hellwig (22 February 1920 – 26 November 2010) was a German yodeler, popular performer of volkstümliche Musik (Alpine folk music), and television presenter.


Maria Neumaier was born in 1920 to Heinrich Neumaier, an electrician, and his wife, Maria, in Reit im Winkl, Bavaria, Germany. At the age of five, she performed for the first time at Bauer Theatre in Reit im Winkl. After leaving school, she took an apprenticeship as a shop assistant. In her spare time, she acted in the theatre and took voice lessons.[citation needed]

She married her first husband, Joseph Fischer, a fellow amateur actor, and had their only child, Margot, on 5 July 1941. Fischer died shortly afterwards while fighting in World War II. Maria became almost blind in 1996.

She hosted several music TV-shows in the 1980s and 1990s. On 26 November 2010, she died in Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany.[1]


  1. ^ "Jodelkönigin Maria Hellwig gestorben". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). 27 November 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 

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