Lotte Lenya Movies and Career Information

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Oct 18, 1898
Vienna
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Lotte Lenya (18 October 1898 – 27 November 1981) was an Austrian singer and actress. In the German-speaking and classical music world she is best remembered for her performances of the songs of her husband, Kurt Weill. In English-language film she is remembered for her Academy Award-nominated role in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) and as the sadistic Rosa Klebb in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love (1963). Lotte Lenya garnered a personal mention in the Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin versions of the song "Mack the Knife". Lenya was born as Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer to working class Roman Catholic parents in Vienna. She moved to study in Zürich in 1914, taking up her first job at the Schauspielhaus using the stage name Lotte Lenja. She moved to Berlin to seek work in 1921. In 1922 Lenya was seen by her future husband, the German composer Kurt Weill, during an audition for his first stage score Zaubernacht, but because of his position behind the piano, she did not see him. She was cast, but owing to her loyalty to her voice teacher who was not, she declined the role. She accepted the part of Jenny in the first performance of The Threepenny Opera (Die

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