Gerda Marie Scheidl was born in 1913 in Bremerhaven-Geestemünde in the north of Germany. Gerda Maria Scheidl studied dance at the Hellerau-Laxenburg School on the outskirts of Vienna, then trained as an actor and became a member of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven. Afterward she had a three-year stint with the Dortmund opera before returning to her studies, reading philosophy and art history. Gerda Maria Scheidl wrote both children’s books and plays for children. Later on she also worked for radio and television as well as being in charge of a private children’s theater. She died in 2005.