1912 - 1995
The actress Maria Andergast was born as Maria Pitzer in Brunnthal (Oberbayern). She was only two years old when her parents died, and she grew up with relatives and adopted their name.
She soon found out her enthusiasm for the dance and she took lessons
with Grete Wiesenthal. But a serious road accident destroyed her dreams
of a dance career and she attended the Academy for Music and Performing
Finally the film became aware of her and Luis
Trenker offered her a role in his movie "Der Rebell". But Maria Andergast
had to call of because of date problems. Only when Luis Trenker offered
her a role again she agreed and made her film debut with "Der verlorene
Sohn" (34). She was convincing the audience and the critics at the first
go and formed a new type of the German film.
From 1939 she nearly worked exclusively in Vienna. She took part among others in "Unsterblicher Walzer" (39), "Ihr Privatsekretär" (40), "Der Herr im Haus" (40), "Ein Leben lang" (40) and "Das grosse Spiel" (42).
After the war she appeared in the first Austrian post-war movie "Der weite Weg" (46), it followed "Der Hofrat Geiger" (47) in which she sang the hit "Mariandl" which helped her to get a second career as a singer of popsongs and Viennese songs.
In the 50's she acted in typical Viennese movies, often at Paul Hörbiger's side, among others in "Hallo, Dienstmann" (51), "Der Verschwender" (53), "Kaiserball" (56) and "Verlobung am Wolfgangsee" (56).
After that followed an interruption of ten years which ended from 1962 with sporadic appearances in TV productions like "Ende schlecht - Alles gut" (62), "Die kleinen Verwandten" (67) and "Das bin ich" (71).
Maria Andergast was married in second marriage with the actor Siegfried
Breuer, in third and fourth marriage with director Franz Antel and
actor Richard Häussler.
Other movies with Maria Andergast: