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Lenya, the legend : a pictorial autobiography
Farneth, David.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
254 pages : illustrations (some color), music ; 30 cm
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Central Library PN2658.L39 L46 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
Central Library PN2658.L39 L46 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Born Karoline Blamauer in 1898, Lenya began her career as an actress and dancer in Zurich. In 1920's Berlin she met and married the young composer Kurt Weill, and the two of them brought their talents to American theater when they left Nazi Germany. This first visual biography of the extraordinary performer is an intimate and revealing portrait that Lenya fans and theater buffs won't want to miss. 80 color photos. 350 illustrations.

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George Gershwin is not 1998's only great theatrical centenarian. German-U.S. singer-actress Lotte Lenya, the ultimate whiskey-voiced chanteuse, was also born in 1898. Associated early with the musical dramas of playwright Bertolt Brecht and her first husband, composer Kurt Weill, Lenya became inextricably identified with all Weill's music after he died in 1950. Championing Weill was only acting in her own interest, of course, yet her second husband had to push her into it. Once pushed, she returned to both stage, including the original production of Cabaret, and screen, most memorably in the James Bond thriller From Russia with Love. This book presents photos spanning her life from age three in 1901 to May 1981, five months before she died. The haziness of some performance photos is more than compensated for by their historic interest; by the accompanying text, which stitches together extracts from Lenya's notes, letters, and many interviews; and by formal portraits by such great photographers as Lotte Jacobi, Carl Van Vechten, George Hoyningen-Huene, and George Platt Lynes. --Ray Olson

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