Gretl Schörg (17 January 1914 – 4 January 2006) was an Austrian operatic soprano and actress. She was particularly known for her performances in operettas. Her signature roles included Dodo in Wedding Night in Paradise, Josepha Vogelhuber in The White Horse Inn, Juliette in Der Graf von Luxemburg, Julischka in Maske in Blau, Laura in Der Bettelstudent, and Pepi in Wiener Blut. She made several operetta recordings for Telefunken, Columbia Records, and Polydor Records. She was also active as a dramatic actress on the stage and in films. In April 2004 she was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class.
Life and career
Born in Vienna, Schörg first trained for the profession of typist. In 1937, at the age of 23, she won a beauty contest and became "Queen of Danube". That same year she made her stage debut in Ostrava at the Antonín Dvořák Theatre in the world premiere of Ödön von Horváth's play Der jüngste Tag. She spent the next two years performing at that theatre, and at theatres in Karlovy Vary, Ostrava, Marienbad, and Vienna (Theater in der Josefstadt). In 1939 she joined the opera house in Aussig (now Usti nad Labem) where she became popular as a performer in operettas. She made her professional opera debut at that house as Hannerl in Heinrich Berté's arrangement of Franz Schubert's Das Dreimäderlhaus.
In 1940 Schörg went to the Komische Oper Berlin where she was admired in the soubrette and operetta repertoire during the Second World War. With that company she sang in the world premieres of Ludwig Schmidseder's Frauen im Metropol (1940, Fritzi) and Friedrich Schröder's Friedrich Schröder (1941). She also spent those years performing in small film roles.
After the war, Schörg was active in operettas at the Admiralspalast theatre and the Theater am Nollendorfplatz in Berlin. She also began appearing in more prominent roles in films, often in partnership with Johannes Heesters and Romy Schneider. In the first half of the 1950s she performed in many opera productions of the WDR Cologne with Franz Marszalek. She was then active with the Vienna Volksoper, the Vienna Chamber Opera, and the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich. She was also heard frequently in operetta broadcasts on German and Austrian radio stations during the 1950s.
In the 1960s, Schörg returned to her work as a dramatic actress at the Berliner Boulevardbühnen and Düsseldorfer Boulevardbühnen. For health reasons, she restricted her professional activities during the last decade of her career, which she ended in the early 1970s. She lived in retirement in Vienna, where she died in 2006. She was buried in the Hernalser Cemetery (Group E, No. 129). At the Vienna cemetery administration but is listed as Margaret Pfreimer.
- Kollege kommt gleich (1943)
- Herr Sanders lebt gefährlich (1944)
- Intimitäten (1948)
- Märchen vom Glück (1949)
- Verlobte Leute (1950)
- One Night Apart (1950)
- Wedding Night In Paradise (1950)
- This Man Belongs to Me (1950)
- The Black Forest Girl (1950)
- The Blue Star of the South (1951)
- Season in Salzburg (1952)
- Die Fiakermilli (1953)
- Grandstand for General Staff (1953)
- Secretly Still and Quiet (1953)
- Lavender (1953)
- Die Deutschmeister (1955)
- The Spanish Fly (1955)
- His Daughter is Called Peter (1955)
- Bel Ami (1955)
- Imperial and Royal Field Marshal (1956)
- Arena of Fear (1959)
- Vor Jungfrauen wird gewarnt (1962)
- Unsere Pauker gehen in die Luft (1970)
- Love Is Only a Word (1971)
- The Mad Aunts Strike Out (1971)
- Kinderarzt Dr. Fröhlich (1972)
- Meine Tochter – Deine Tochter (1972)
- Klaus Rittweger: Gretl Schörg. Mein Theaterleben. Wagner, Gelnhausen 2004, ISBN 3-935232-22-5