Lyda Roberti

Actor, Singer, Trapeze artist
This brilliant blonde stage comic went on to appear in a handful of early 1930s films. Born into a Polish circus family, Roberti spent her youth trouping through Russia, China, Egypt, France and Germany before she and ... Read more »
Born: 05/20/1906 in Poland

Filmography

Actor (1)

The Kid From Spain 1931 (Movie)

Rosalie (Actor)

Biography

This brilliant blonde stage comic went on to appear in a handful of early 1930s films. Born into a Polish circus family, Roberti spent her youth trouping through Russia, China, Egypt, France and Germany before she and her sisters came to the US in the late 1920s. She was discovered in a Brooklyn vaudeville house and went on to Broadway fame with "You Said It" (1931), singing "Sweet and Hot" and "Minnie the Moocher" in her broad Polish accent. From time to time, Roberti returned to Broadway, with "Pardon My English" (1932) and the successful "Roberta" (1933-34).

Relationships

Father
German

Mother
Polish

Hugh Ernst

Husband
married June 25, 1935 until her death

Manya Roberti

Sister

Milestones

1938

Final feature film, "Wide Open Faces"

1932

Signed with Paramount

1932

Film debut, "Dancers in the Dark"

1931

Broadway debut, "You Said It"

1921

Wound up in Shanghai when family circus went broke

Moved to US in the late 1920s

Made a series of Hal Roach shorts with Patsy Kelly

Last Broadway show, "Roberta"

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