Christiane Hörbiger, one of Austria’s most famous actress, dies at 84

Christiane Hörbiger, one of Austria's most famous actress, dies at 84
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One of Austria’s most famous actresses, Christiane Hörbiger, has died at the age of 84. Hörbiger was a feature of Austrin stage, film and television for almost seven decades and had a huge fanbase in the country. 

The actress, who was born in Vienna in 1938, first began appearing in films in the 1960s, but made her big breakthrough in the 1980s in the successful TV series “The Legacy of the Guldenburgs”. This role led her to receive many offers and become a star in the nation, receiving numerous awards and prizes throughout her career, including the Bavarian Television Prize for her life’s work. In 2018, she was awarded the Golden Camera for her life’s work. 

Hörbiger also took on many responsibilities in advocacy and campaigning, becoming a UNICEF ambassador for Austria in 2003. In 2009 she gave the memorial speech at the rally for the victims of racism and xenophobia in Wels. She also took part in various election campaigns, giving speeches and creating videos for the SPÖ

ÖRF has reported how politicians of all parties have been posting their condolences on Twitter, and recalling the impact Hörbiger had for millions of Austrians.

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