From Stardom to Philanthropy – Karlheinz Böhm 1928-2014

Renowned actor of the 1950s turned philanthropist, Austrian-born Karlheinz Boumlhm, died at the age 86 after a long illness in his home in Groumldig, near Salzburg late Thursday, a spokesperson from his aid organization announced on Friday.

As an actor, Boumlhm was primarily known for his role as Emperor Franz Joseph in the much-loved “Sissi” films alongside Romy Schneider.

In Ethiopia, Boumlhm is known for his aid organization – Menschen fuumlr Menschen, or People for People – which he founded in 1981. The charity helps people in need in Ethiopia and has been led for some years by his Ethiopian wife, Almaz. Last December, she gave up her position as CEO of the organization in order to care for her husband.

Boumlhm was actively involved in charitable work in Ethiopia, for which in 2007 he was awarded the Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood among Peoples.

Boumlhm was born on March 16, 1928 in Darmstadt, Germany, and grew up in Hamburg and Dresden. He originally wanted to be a pianist, but the success of his father, the world-famous conductor Karl Boumlhm, set the bar too high. He later broke away from his studies in art history to take acting lessons in Vienna. In the spring of 2013 it was announced that Boumlhm was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Apart from an honorary Ethiopian citizenship, which he received in 2003, a statue of Boumlhm was erected in Addis Ababa around the Old Airport area.

Source : The Reporter

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