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BOGNAR, FREDERIKE:

German actress; born at Gotha Feb. 16, 1840. Her father was a singer, and Frederike was destined for a musical career. After appearing a few times in children's parts in Budapest, she was sent to Munich to study music under Mme. Behrend-Brandt, who was her aunt. She sang for some time on the concert platform, but finally decided to become an actress. After studying under Denker, and later under Laube, she made her début at Zurich in 1856. In the following year Bognar went to the Hamburg Stadttheater, where she remained until 1858, when she went to the Hofburgtheater, Vienna, with which she was associated until 1870. In that year she began a starring tour that lasted for several years. Bognar then went to the Deutsches Landestheater in Prague, and in 1892 joined the Deutsches Volkstheater in Vienna.

In her younger days Bognar played the parts of Gretchen, Clärchen, Thekla, Desdemona, Emilia Galotti, Marie in "Herz und Welt," Ophelia, Louise Miller, Lady Tartuffe, and Marguerite in "La Dame aux Camélias." Later in life she portrayed Medea, Maria Stuart, Frau Alving in "Die Gespenster," Judith, and Pompadour.

Bibliography:
  • Das Geistige Wien, p. 44;
  • Brockhaus, Konversations-Lexikon, iii. 241, Appendix, p. 176;
  • Flüggen, Bühnen-Lexikon, p. 31.
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