Famous Austrian Women

Did you know that Austria has the highest percentage of working females in its population than any other country? Or did you know it was Austria’s Bertha von Suttner, a novelists and radical pacifists, who became the first woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, in 1905? And that is not all, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, an Austrian, was the first woman to ascend all eight thousanders without oxygen. That for you is a brief introduction of Austrian women! Austria’s great daughters have left an indelible mark across centuries for their exemplary performance in art, politics, science, literature, sports and so on.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr.
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Famous As: Actress, Co-inventor of technology for spread spectrum
Birthdate: November 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: January 19, 2000

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress whose early career was defined by her performance in the controversial Czech erotic film Ecstasy. Apart from gaining popularity as a beautiful Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr became known as an inventor after co-inventing frequency-hopping spread spectrum. Her career has inspired several works of art. She was also the inspiration behind the iconic character Catwoman.

 2 Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette.
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Famous As: Queen of France
Birthdate: November 2, 1755
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Died: October 16, 1793
The last queen of France before the French Revolution started, Marie Antoinette was married to Louis XVI of France and came to be linked with everything that was wrong with the French monarchy including ignorance and extravagance. Her policies aggravated unrest that eventually led to the abolishment of the monarchy and finally the execution of both king and queen.
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 3 Maria Theresa

Maria Theresa.
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Famous As: Queen regnant
Birthdate: May 13, 1717
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hofburg Palace
Died: November 29, 1780

The mother of 16 children, Maria Theresa was the only female monarch of the Habsburg empire which she ruled with absolute power. She was known for industrial and educational reforms which led to the development of Austria during her 40-year reign. The devout Roman Catholic, who overtly disliked Jews and the Protestants, was sometimes criticized for her religious intolerance.

 

 4 Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
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Famous As: Empress of Austria
Birthdate: December 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: September 10, 1898

Empress Elisabeth of Austria was Queen of Hungary and Empress of Austria from 1854 to 1898, making her the longest-reigning Austrian empress. Often visiting Hungary for its relaxed environment, Elisabeth developed a deep kinship with Hungary, which in turn helped her influence the rise of the dual monarchy of Austria–Hungary in 1867.

 5 Romy Schneider

Romy Schneider.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 29, 1982

German-French actor Romy Schneider began her career with the Heimatfilm genre of films as a teenager. She appeared as Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Austrian Sissi trilogy and in Ludwig. She is also remembered for her César Award-winning roles in Une histoire simple and L'important c'est d'aimer.

 6 Maria von Trapp

Maria von Trapp
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Died: March 28, 1987

 7 Maria Altmann

Maria Altmann.
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Famous As: Art Collector
Birthdate: February 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 7, 2011

Maria Altmann was an Austrian-American Jewish refugee who fled her home country fearing the Nazis. She is remembered for her successful legal campaign to reclaim Gustav Klimt's family-owned paintings from the Government of Austria, which were stolen during the Second World War by the Nazis. Her life and career inspired documentary films, novels, and feature films, including Woman in Gold.

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 8 Geli Raubal

Geli Raubal.
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Famous As: Hitler’s Niece
Birthdate: June 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Linz
Died: September 18, 1931
Geli Raubal was the half-niece of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and the daughter of Hitler’s half-sister, Angela Raubal. She spent her childhood in Hitler’s home, where her mother worked as a housekeeper. She is said to have committed suicide after Hitler forbade her to pursue singing lessons in Vienna.

 9 Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lipscomb, Alabama
Died: March 24, 1966

Virginia Hill was an American woman best remembered for her association with the Chicago Outfit crime organization. She served as the outfit's courier, passing important messages between mobsters, during the mid-1930s. She became the subject of a 1974 TV film. Her relationship with mobster Bugsy Siegel was dramatized in the 1991 movie Bugsy, where she was portrayed by Annette Bening.

 10 Miep Gies

Miep Gies.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 11, 2010

Miep Gies was one of the Dutch nationals who hid many Dutch Jews, including Anne Frank and her family, from the Nazis during the Second World War. In 1994, she was honored with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her bravery. In 1995, she received the Righteous Among the Nations medal.

 11 Emilie Schenkl

Emilie Schenkl.
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Famous As: Wife of Subhash Chandra Bose
Birthdate: December 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 13, 1996

Emilie Schenkl was the partner of Subhas Chandra Bose, a major leader of Indian nationalism. It is believed they were married in a secret Hindu ceremony but no records exist to prove the same. The couple had a daughter. Bose allegedly died in 1945. Emilie raised her daughter by working shifts in the trunk exchange.

 12 Natascha Kampusch

Natascha Kampusch.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Natascha Kampusch is an Austrian woman who was kidnapped at age 10 and held captive in a cellar by Wolfgang Přiklopil, who raped and abused her repeatedly. She escaped after 8 years, following which she hosted a show and became a PETA activist. Her book 3096 Tage inspired a movie.

 13 Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 7, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: October 27, 1968

Lise Meitner was an Austrian-Swedish physicist best remembered for her contributions that led to the discoveries of nuclear fission and the element protactinium. Nicknamed the German Marie Curie by Albert Einstein, Lise Meitner became the second woman in the world to receive a doctorate in physics in 1905. In 1997, chemical element 109 meitnerium was named in her honor.

 14 Angela Hitler

Angela Hitler.
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Famous As: Adolf Hitler's Sister
Birthdate: July 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Braunau am Inn
Died: October 30, 1949
Angela Hitler, the elder half-sister of Adolf Hitler, was also the mother of Geli, whose close relationship with Hitler raised many eyebrows. While Geli committed suicide later, Angela worked as Hitler’s housekeeper and was even against his relationship with Eva Braun. She later denied having any knowledge about the Holocaust.

 15 Emilie Schindler

Emilie Schindler
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Famous As: Writer, Autobiographer
Birthdate: October 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maletín
Died: October 5, 2001

Emilie Schindler is best remembered as the wife of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved over a thousand Jews from the Nazis by employing them at his factory and later inspired the iconic Steven Spielberg movie Schindler's List. She later fled to Argentina with Oskar but was abandoned by him.

 16 Reina Triendl

Reina Triendl.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Born to an Austrian father and a Japanese mother, Reina Triendl traveled to many places as a child due to her father’s work. She was scouted while in high school and thus began to model. She later gained fame with the reality series Terrace House and the film Tag.

 17 Barbara Valentin

Barbara Valentin.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 22, 2002

Austrian actor Barbara Valentin, or the Queen of Nudity, was known for her saucy films and for her friendship with Queen star Freddie Mercury. She appeared in the Queen video It’s A Hard Life. Though Freddie was queer, close friends claimed he had shared a bed with Valentin multiple times.

 18 Princess Alexandra of Hanover

Princess Alexandra of Hanover
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: July 20, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria, Austria

 19 Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma

Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma.
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Famous As: Duchess of Parma
Birthdate: December 12, 1791
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 17, 1847

Marie Louise was an Austrian archduchess who reigned as Duchess of Parma from 1814 until her death. The eldest child of Emperor Francis II of Austria and his second wife, Maria Theresa, she grew up during a tumultuous period in the history of Austria. She was married to Napoleon I from 1810 to 1821. She died of pleurisy in 1847.  

 20 Nauheed Cyrusi

Nauheed Cyrusi.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Nauheed Cyrusi is an Indian model, actress, and VJ. Cyrusi is best known for appearing in TV commercials for well-known brands like Head & Shoulders, Britannia, and Himalaya. Over the years, Cyrusi has become a household name in India, thanks to her acting skills and visibility across the country.

 21 Constanze Mozart

Constanze Mozart
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 5, 1762
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zell im Wiesental, Germany
Died: March 6, 1842

 22 Emily Cox

Emily Cox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 23 Bibi Besch

Bibi Besch.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 7, 1996

Bibi Besch was an Austrian-American actress best known for her role in the science fiction film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The daughter of an actress, she chose to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Making her debut in the mid-1950s, she remained active in the entertainment industry until her death. Her daughter is also an actress.

 24 Senta Berger

Senta Berger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

It is believed Austrian actor Senta Berger was suspended by the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar, where she studied drama, after she bagged her first movie role. The three-time Bambi Award winner is known for her roles in films such as The Quiller Memorandum. She is also involved with peace and environmental activism.

 25 Maria Anna Mozart

Maria Anna Mozart
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 30, 1751
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: October 29, 1829

 26 Lotte Lenya

Lotte Lenya
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: November 27, 1981

 27 Lída Baarová

Lída Baarová.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
Died: October 28, 2000

Lída Baarová was a Czech actress whose professional life was overshadowed by her personal counterpart; she is best remembered as the mistress of Joseph Goebbels, a Nazi propaganda minister. Her life and career inspired the 2016 film The Devil's Mistress, a dramatization of Lída Baarová's life, in which Baarová was played by Slovak actress Tatiana Pauhofová.

 28 Christine Kaufmann

Christine Kaufmann
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mitterberg-Sankt Martin, Austria
Died: March 28, 2017

German-Austrian actress, author, and businesswoman Christine Kaufmann gained attention of post-war German movie audiences with her performances in films like Rosen-Resli, Der schweigende Engel and Ein Herz schlägt für Erika. She became the first German to be honoured with Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress for her performance in the drama film Town Without Pity.

 29 Maria Schell

Maria Schell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 26, 2005

 30 Alma Mahler

Alma Mahler
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 31, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 11, 1964

Alma Mahler, remembered as the wife of composer Gustav Mahler and the daughter of landscape painter Emil Schindler, initially studied art but later acquired skills as a pianist. However, Mahler discouraged her from composing after marriage. She later had other affairs and married architect Walter Gropius and author Franz Werfel.

 31 Patricia Rhomberg

Patricia Rhomberg
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Famous As: Pornographic actress
Birthdate: September 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 32 Waris Dirie

Waris Dirie
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Galkayo, Somalia

Somali model, writer, and women’s rights activist Waris Dirie is best known for her advocacy against female genital mutilation through the Desert Flower Foundation. Born into a poor nomadic family, she ran away at 13 to avoid marriage and then worked as a maid in London, before gaining a modeling contract.

 33 Eva Schloss

Eva Schloss
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Famous As: Austrian holocaust survivor
Birthdate: May 11, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 34 Bertha von Suttner

Bertha von Suttner.
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Famous As: Pacifist, First Woman to Receive the Nobel Peace Prize
Birthdate: June 9, 1843
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prague, Bohemia, Austrian Empire
Died: June 21, 1914

Once a governess of the four daughters of the affluent Suttner family, Bertha von Suttner later married the sisters’ elder brother, Baron Arthur Gundaccar von Suttner. The Austrian novelist was known for her peace activism, which made her the first female to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

 35 Inge Morath

Inge Morath
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: May 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: January 30, 2002

 36 Maria Franziska von Trapp

Maria Franziska von Trapp
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 28, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zell am See, Austria
Died: February 18, 2014

 37 Sybil Danning

Sybil Danning
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wels, Austria

 38 Maria Carolina of Austria

Maria Carolina of Austria
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: August 13, 1752
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Died: September 8, 1814

 39 Brigitte Bierlein

Brigitte Bierlein
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: June 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 40 Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein
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Famous As: Psychanalyst
Birthdate: March 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: September 22, 1960

Melanie Klein was an Austrian-British author and psychoanalyst. A key figure in the development of object relations theory, she is best known for her work in child analysis. She began her studies by observing her own children’s behavior while they were growing up. As a woman in a field dominated by men, she was also a feminist icon. 

 41 Joy Adamson

Joy Adamson
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: January 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Troppau, Austrian Silesia, Austria-Hungary, now Opava, Czech Republic
Died: January 3, 1980

Best known for her iconic book Born Free, which describes her experiences of raising a lion cub named Elsa, Joy Adamson was a noted Austro-Hungarian wildlife conservationist. She excelled in music and medicine in her younger days and later settled in Kenya with her third husband, conservationist George Adamson.

 42 Princess Stéphanie of Belgium

Princess Stéphanie of Belgium
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: May 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: August 23, 1945

 43 Eleonore von Habsburg

Eleonore von Habsburg
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria

 44 Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek.
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Famous As: Novelist & Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Birthdate: October 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mürzzuschlag

Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian novelist and playwright who was honored with the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature. Widely regarded as the most prominent playwright of the German language, Elfriede Jelinek has several prestigious awards and honors under her belt.

 45 Martina von Trapp

Martina von Trapp
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Klosterneuburg, Austria
Died: February 25, 1951

 46 María Cristina De Habsburgo-Lorena

María Cristina De Habsburgo-Lorena
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: July 21, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moravia, Austria
Died: February 6, 1929

 47 Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria

Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 2, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laxenburg
Died: March 17, 1963

 48 Barbara Schett

Barbara Schett
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Innsbruck, Austria

 49 Agathe von Trapp

Agathe von Trapp
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Famous As: Georg von Trapp's daughter
Birthdate: March 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pola, Istria, Austria-Hungary (present-day Pula, Croatia)
Died: December 28, 2010

 50 Lisa Wagner

Lisa Wagner
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Austria

They have added to the glory of this scintillatingly beautiful nation that provides travellers everything under the sun, right from high mountain peaks to modern cities, legendary festivals to delightful landscapes. Austria has had the rich history of producing highly talented women, who with their extraordinary deeds and feats helped the nation stand tall in the world forum. They have made their presence felt as entrepreneurs and engineers, architects and actress, scientists and sports stars. Check this segment and find out more about the life and works of Austrian women with their biographies. Get inspired!