Bertolt Brecht Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
Died in East Berlin, East Germany  (heart attack, pneumonia)
Birth NameEugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

Mini Bio (1)

Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898 in Augsburg, Germany and one of the country's most influential poets, playwrights and screenwriters. His most famous work was the musical "The Threepenny Opera" (with Kurt Weill), but his dramas such as "Mother Courage and Her Children" or "The Good Person of Sezuan" were equally successful. As he opposed the upcoming Nazi movement, he fled Germany in 1933 and finally emigrated to the United States. After testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, he left Hollywood and returned to Europe. He settled down in East Germany, where he founded the famous "Berliner Ensemble" and became the state's intellectual hero. He died on 14 August 1956 in East Berlin.

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Spouse (2)

Helene Weigel (10 April 1929 - 14 August 1956) ( his death) ( 2 children)
Marianne Zoff (1922 - 1927) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

His thick Swabian accent

Trivia (10)

Frequently worked with Kurt Weill and Benno Besson.
He had five children: Frank Brecht (b. 1919), (killed in action, November, 1943, in Russia), with Paula Banholzer; Hanne Brecht (b. 1923)(Hanne Hiob), with Marianne Zoff; Stefan Becht (b. 1924) and Barbara Berg (b. 1930), with Helene Weigel; and an infant who died shortly after birth in 1944, with Ruth Berlau.
His first wife Marianne was an opera singer.
Although he did not divorce Marianne Zoff until 1927, they separated in 1923. He got to know Helene Weigel shortly after their separation.
Spoke with a rasping Swabian accent. Thus, he recorded songs such as "The Ballad of Mecki Messer" from "Die Dreigroschenoper" (The Threepenny Opera).
Was twice posthumously nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1963, as author of Best Play nominee "Mother Courage and Her Children;" and in 1977, for his lyrics as part of a Best Score nomination for "Happy End," shared with Michael Feingold for his adaptation of Brecht's words.
Studied medicine and worked briefly as an orderly in a Munich hospital during World War I.
His daughter Barbara Berg currently holds the copyrights to all of his works.
Some of his most successful works are "Baal" (written in 1918), "The Treepenny Opera" (1928), "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagony" (1928/29), "Saint Joan of the Stockyards" (1929), "Fear and Misery in the Third Reich" (1935-1938), "Mother Courage and Her Children" (1939) and "The Good Person of Sezuan" (1940).
His play, "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui," in a Minnesota Theatre Company production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1969 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Production.

Personal Quotes (3)

He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.
[on his hometown Augsburg] The best thing about Augsburg is the train to Munich.
Why be a man when you can be a success?

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