The hallmark of the actress Maria Happel is her smile. It’s loud, it’s irresistible, it’s their secret weapon. Director Claus Peymann, who often worked with her, once described her as the “queen of joie de vivre”. But now even Maria Happel has lost her laughter. After severe criticism from students at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Happel gave up her position as head of the renowned acting school last Tuesday.