Lotte Lenya

Austrian singer and actress (1898-1981)

Lotte Lenya (born Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer; 18 October 1898 – 27 November 1981) was an AustrianAmerican singer, and actress.[1]

Lotte Lenya
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photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1962
Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer

(1898-10-18)18 October 1898
Died27 November 1981(1981-11-27) (aged 83)
Years active1922–1981
  • Kurt Weill
    (m. 1926; div. 1933)

    (m. 1937; died 1950)
  • George Davis
    (m. 1951; died 1957)
  • Russell Detwiler
    (m. 1962; died 1969)

She sang Kurt Weill's songs. He was her first husband. She married him twice.

In English-language cinema, she was nominated for an Academy Award for playing an aristocrat in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961).

Her performance as the murderous and sadistic Rosa Klebb in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love (1963) is famous.


  1. Obituary Variety, December 2, 1981.