Born the daughter of an industrialist, Clara Meyer had the privilege of being privately trained as an actress in Leipzig. She débuted in Dusseldorf, followed by engagements in Amsterdam and Dessau. In 1871 she joined the Court Theatre in Berlin, with which she would remain until her official retirement in 1891, returning to the stage several times as an honorary member of the Court Theatre. Meyer was renowned for her portrayals of Shakespeare’s female characters, and for her parts in contemporary comedies - described by an observer as ‘the widows of comedy’. She was a member of the German Shakespeare Society since its inception in 1864, and later (1891) became its honorary member.
- Portia (The Merchant of Venice)
- Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)
- Beatrice/Hero (Much Ado About Nothing)
- Katherina (The Taming of the Shrew)
- Gerndt, Siegmar (ed.): Theodor Fontane: Theaterkritiken. In: Sämtliche Werke. Section 3. Vol. 2. München, 1969. P. 1099 (index of names).
- N.N.: "Ein neues Ehrenmitglied", Shakespeare-Jahrbuch, 26 (1891). P. 337.
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Meyer, Klara, in: The Digital Shakespeare Memorial Album. Edited by Christa Jansohn. URI: http://www.shakespearealbum.de/uri/gnd/117570257. (Accessed on 21.07.2018)
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