Lenya [Lenja], Lotte [Blamauer, Karoline Wilhelmine]
- David Drew
- , revised by J. Bradford Robinson
[Blamauer, Karoline Wilhelmine]
(b Vienna, Oct 18, 1898; d New York, Nov 27, 1981). American singing actress of Austrian birth. After studying dance in Zürich (1914–20) she moved to Berlin to embark on a dancing career. Two years later she turned to the spoken theatre, where by the end of the decade she had established a brilliant reputation in plays by, among others, Wedekind, Marieluise Fleisser and, above all, Brecht and his outstanding musical collaborator, Kurt Weill. Her marriage to Weill in 1926 was followed by a striking appearance at the 1927 Baden-Baden Festival in his and Brecht's one-act ‘Songspiel’ Mahagonny. With her creation of Jenny in Die Dreigroschenoper (1928, Berlin) and her subsequent recordings and film version of that role, her international reputation was assured. While continuing a noteworthy career as an actress, she sang the part of Jenny in the Berlin version of Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny...