Kurt Weill Wife: The Austrian actress-singer Kurt Weill, a writer who made a great deal of popularisation of the music of her first husband, and often performed in music dramas by Weill and his long time colleague Bertolt Brecht, is Lotte Lenya, original name Karoline Blamauer (born October 18, 1898, Wien, Austria – dated November 27, 1981. In Zurich, Lenya studied ballet and drama from the 1914-1920’s, and played in Shakespeare’s Berlin in the 1920’s at the Zürich Stadttheater.
Lenya also appeared in several films, including Die Dreigroschenoper (1930), The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1960), From Russia with Love (1963), and The Appointment (1969), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award in 1961.
Kurt Weill Wife
She married Weill in 1926 and appeared at the Baden-Baden Festival in 1927 in the controversial Brecht-Weill work of Mahagonny (“Little Mahagonny”). She alternated in the roles of Jenny and Lucy in Die Dreigroschenoper (1928; “The Threepenny Opera”) and starred in other Weill vehicles, including the full-length opera version of Mahagonny, entitled Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (1930; “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny”).