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Uta Hagen

Born: Jun 12, 1919

Death: Jan 14, 2004

Birthplace: GA¶ttingen

Profession: Actor

Nationality: Germany

Uta Hagen

Date of Birth : Jun 12, 1919
Date of Death : Jan 14, 2004
Birth Place : GA¶ttingen

Uta Thyra Hagen was a German American actress and drama teacher. She originated the role of Martha in the 1962 Broadway premiere of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. Because Hagen was on the Hollywood blacklist, in part because of her association with Paul Robeson, her film opportunities dwindled and she focused her career on New York theater. She twice won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play and received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999. She later became a highly influential acting teacher at New York's Herbert Berghof Studio and authored best-selling acting texts, Respect for Acting, with Haskel Frankel, and A Challenge for the Actor. She was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981.


  • Actor
  • Teacher

Also known as

  • Uta Berghof
  • Uta Thyra Hagen
  • Berghof, Uta


  • Oskar Hagen
  • Thyra Leisner


  • José Ferrer
  • Herbert Berghof


  • Leticia Thyra Ferrer

Awards Won

  • Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
  • Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement
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