Actress Zdenka Hartmann-Prochazkova who was part of one of the most famous Austrian television families: As “Grandma Putz” she advertised a large furniture store for years until she retired last year, has died at the age of 95.
For ten years, the native Czech Hartmann-Prochazkova could be seen as “Grandma Putz” in the Austrian advertising blocks. The internationally acclaimed actress took on the role of Trude Fukar’s grandma in 2010. Even when she was over 90, she danced light-footed, textually and purposefully through numerous spots. She only retired at the age of 94 and was honored with her own farewell spot. The role of “Grandma Putz” remained, however, she has since been played by actress Viktoria Brams.
As a theater actress, she also had an engagement at the Burgtheater. A few years ago she played the film star Lida Baarova in the film “The Devil’s Beloved”, who is said to have been Joseph Goebbels’ lover. Zdenka Hartmann-Prochazkova was born in Prague on April 4, 1926, studied at the Prague Conservatory and in Brno and performed in Czech and German-speaking theaters. She also appeared in numerous films and television series.
After marrying the Austrian businessman Erich Hartmann, she took on Austrian citizenship. Hartmann-Prochazkova has now died at the age of 95, as several media reported on Thursday.