1892 - 1967
The actress Maria Fein attended an education at the academy of Vienna and afterwards went to Dresden, where she played first leading roles. Finally she was engaged to Berlin by Max Reinhardt. There she got married with the actor Theodor Becker.
After an engagement in Düsseldorf she went on tour through Germany and acted in plays like "Elga" written by Hauptmann and "Fedora".
She made her film debut in 1917 and experienced the height of her career
in the next two years.
In the 20's followed only few movies like "Die Verschwörung zu
Genua" (21) and "Die Vorbestraften" (27).
The world of the theater was still her main field of activity. But when
the National Socialists came into power she wasn't given permission to
play because of her Jewish extraction. During this time she opened the
restaurant "Der grüne Zweig" together with a friend.
With the invasion of the Nazis in Austria she also lost this work place
and she went to Holland where she met the director Ludwig Berger.
Maria Fein spent her last years in Switzerland where she continued her theater career in Luzern (e.g. "Elektra").
There were two daughters of the marriage with Theodor Becker - Thea
and Maria. Maria Becker also became a well-known theater actress.
Her brother Franz Fein was a well-known translator of US novels.
Other movies with Maria Fein:
A special thanks goes to Mrs. Maria Becker, who supported this biography
with additional information.