Lenya, the Legend: A Pictorial Autobiography

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A stunning visual biography of the legendary singer/actress whose career ranged from pre-war Berlin and The Threepenny Opera to U.S. fame on the stage and screen

Lenya, The Legend celebrates the private life and public career of the singer and actress whose legend is irrevocably tied to the theatre of Bertolt Brecht and the music of Kurt Weill in photos and personal reminiscences. From her unforgettable performances on stage and screen in such hits as the exuberant 1954 revival of The Threepenny Opera to Cabaret and From Russia with Love, Lenya established herself as one of our most enduring and talented performers.

Born Karoline Blamauer in 1898, Lenya escaped a destitute childhood in Vienna to begin her career as an actress and dancer in Zurich. In 1920s 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 in the 1930's.

In Lenya, The Legend, each of more than 300 photos -- most never-before-published -- is accompanied by Lenya's own words, taken from her interviews, private conversations, letters, and other writings. Lenya's voice brings these captivating glimpses into her world -- on stage and off -- to life in the witty, caustic, and insightful manner that is hers alone.

The first visual biography of this extraordinary performer, Lenya, The Legend is an intimate and revealing portrait -- a tribute Lenya fans and theater buffs won't want to miss.

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Actress and singer Lotte Lenya personified the decadence of '20s and '30s Berlin, with unforgettable roles created in collaboration with her composer husband Kurt Weill and the playwright Bertolt Brecht. Her performance as the prostitute Jenny in The Threepenny Opera (1928) became the stuff of legend.

Born Karoline Blamauer in Vienna in 1898, Lenya spent an impoverished childhood there before launching her career in Zurich and then Berlin, where she met and married Weill. The toast of the Berlin arts scene, Weill and Lenya left Germany in 1933 following the election of Hitler as chancellor. Weill was Jewish and an advocate of freedom of expression--his play Der Silbersee ("The Silver Lake"), which contained a caricature of Hitler, had already been banned by the authorities. The couple went to Paris, and then, when the threat of war in Europe became imminent, to the United States, where they both enjoyed highly successful careers on Broadway. Weill died suddenly in 1950, but Lenya carried on, tirelessly reinterpreting his and others' work; appearing onstage and onscreen (most memorably as Rosa Klebb in the 1963 James Bond film From Russia with Love), until well into later life. She died at the age of 83 in 1981.

Lenya the Legend: A Pictorial Autobiography is a fascinating book packed full of Lenya's own forthright reminiscences, interviews, and letters, lavishly illustrated with photographs of the star from her vampish Berlin cabaret days, through the glamour of her Broadway career. Published to coincide with the centenary of her birth, the book is a fitting tribute to a formidable legend. --Catherine Taylor

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In her own words, Lenya comes across as an extremely shrewd if loving person. -- The New York Times Book Review, David Kaufman

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