Lotte Lenya

Singer, Actor, Tightrope walker
Star of a number of Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musicals who came to prominence as Pirate Jenny in both the stage and screen versions of "The Threepenny Opera" (1931). A vivid singer and presence, Lenya fled Nazi Germany ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1898 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (4)

Semi-Tough 1977 (Movie)

Clara Pelf (Actor)

The Appointment 1968 (Movie)

Emma Valadier (Actor)

From Russia With Love 1964 (Movie)

Rosa Kleb (Actor)

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 1961 (Movie)

Countess Magda Terribili-Gonzales (Actor)
Music (3)

Seven Years in Tibet 1997 (Movie)

("Die Moritat von Mackie Messer" "The Ballad of Mack the Knife ('Die Dreigroschenoper' from 'The Threepenny Opera')") (Song Performer)

The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Mahagonny 1979 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Biography

Star of a number of Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musicals who came to prominence as Pirate Jenny in both the stage and screen versions of "The Threepenny Opera" (1931). A vivid singer and presence, Lenya fled Nazi Germany with husband Weill in 1933 and subsequently appeared in occasional film and theater roles. She was especially memorable as the villainous lesbian Rosa Kleb in the James Bond adventure, "From Russia With Love" (1963).

Relationships

Franz Paul Blamauer

Father

Johanna Blamauer

Mother

Franz Blamauer

Brother
born on August 2, 1897

Maximillian Blamauer

Brother
born in 1900

Karoline Blamauer

Sister
died c. 1896

Maria Blamauer

Sister
born in 1906

Bertolt Brecht Song

Companion

George Davis

Husband
Married from 1951 until his death in 1957

Russell Detweiler

Husband
Married on November 2, 1962 until his death 1969

Paul Green

Companion
had brief affair in 1936

Richard Siemanowski

Husband
born May 25, 1926 married on June 9, 1971 divorced in 1973 died in September 1981

Kurt Weill Song

Husband
remarried 1937 in NYC; together until his death in 1950

EDUCATION

Civic Theater

attended school for gifted children in Hietzing

Milestones

1937

Broadway debut in "The Eternal Road"

1935

Moved to USA

1933

Moved to Paris

1927

First appearance in Kurt Weill/Bertold Brecht collaboration, "Mahagonny Songspiel"

1923

First billed as Lotte Lenya; professional acting debut as Maria in "Twelfth Night"

1922

Moved to Berlin

Became member of Corps de Ballet at Zurich Civic Theater

First professional appearance at age 6 as dancer and tightrope walker

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