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Also Known As: Karoline Wilhelmina Charlotte Blamauer Died: November 27, 1981
Born: October 18, 1898 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Austria Profession: singer, actor, tightrope walker, chorus girl

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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).

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Semi-Tough (1977) Clara Pelf
2.
 The Appointment (1970) Emma Valadier
3.
 From Russia With Love (1964) Rosa Klebb
4.
 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) Countess Magda Terribili-Gonzales
5.
 Die Dreigroschenoper (1931) Jenny
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First professional appearance at age 6 as dancer and tightrope walker
:
Became member of Corps de Ballet at Zurich Civic Theater
1922:
Moved to Berlin
1923:
First billed as Lotte Lenya; professional acting debut as Maria in "Twelfth Night"
1927:
First appearance in Kurt Weill/Bertold Brecht collaboration, "Mahagonny Songspiel"
1933:
Moved to Paris
1935:
Moved to USA
1937:
Broadway debut in "The Eternal Road"
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Education

Civic Theater: -

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husband:
Kurt Julian Weill. Composer. Born on March 2, 1900; met in 1925; married on January 28, 1926; divorced on September 18, 1934; remarried in NYC in 1937; together until his death in 1950.
companion:
Paul Green. Playwright. Had brief affair in 1936.
husband:
George Davis. Editor. Married from 1951 until his death in 1957.
husband:
Russell Detweiler. Painter. Married on November 14, 1962; died in 1969.
husband:
Richard Siemanowski. Documentarian. Born May 25, 1926; married on June 9, 1971; divorced in 1973; died in September 1981.
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father:
Franz Paul Blamauer.
mother:
Johanna Blamauer.
sister:
Karoline Blamauer. Died c. 1896.
brother:
Franz Blamauer. Born on August 2, 1897.
brother:
Maximillian Blamauer. Born in 1900.
sister:
Maria Blamauer. Born in 1906.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Speak Low (When You Speak Love): The Letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya" University of California Press

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