Gusti Huber

Actor, Lecturer
Quietly intense Viennese leading actress, primarily on stage, who enjoyed considerable success in the days before WWII. After coming to America with the husband she met at war's end, Huber continued her theatrical ... Read more »
Born: 07/27/1914 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (1)

The Diary of Anne Frank 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Frank (Actor)

Biography

Quietly intense Viennese leading actress, primarily on stage, who enjoyed considerable success in the days before WWII. After coming to America with the husband she met at war's end, Huber continued her theatrical career in "Flight to Egypt" (1952), directed by Elia Kazan, as one of a family of Austrians trying to emigrate to America. She also played on Broadway in "Dial M for Murder" (1953), but her best-remembered part remains that of the patient Jewish mother bordering on hysteria as she hides with her family and friends from the Nazis in "The Diary of Anne Frank." Huber, who had acted in European films before the war, recreated her Mama Frank in George Stevens's memorable 1959 film version. Two years later, she retired from acting, and later lectured regularly in the New York City area on the legacy of Anne Frank. Mother of actress Bibi Besch and grandmother of actress Samantha Mathis.

Relationships

Grandchild
had three others survived her

Joseph Besch

Husband
married c. 1946 survived her

Bibi Besch

Daughter
appeared in films including "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982), "Who's That Girl?" (1987) and "Steel Magnolias" (1989) died on September 7, 1996 of cancer at the age of 56

Andrew Besch

Son
born c. 1948 marketing executive worked for the USA cable-TV network

Drea Gillogly

Daughter
survived her worked for CBS television marketing

Christiana MacDonald

Daughter
survived her

Samantha Mathis Actor

Granddaughter

EDUCATION

Academy for Music and Representative Art

Milestones

1959

Reprised her role in the film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1956

Originated the Broadway role of Mrs. Edith Frank in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1953

Acted on Broadway in the suspense drama, "Dial M for Murder"

1944

Performed with a company which entertained American troops after the liberation of Austria at the end of WWII; met her future husband, then a U.S. Army captain (date approximate)

Lectured in the New York City area at schools on the legacy of Anne Frank

Joined the Schauspielhaus; played more than 180 roles over a five year period

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