Lotte Lenya Overview:

Legendary actress, Lotte Lenya, was born Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer on Oct 18, 1898 in Vienna-Penzing, Austria-Hungary. [now Austria]. Lenya died at the age of 83 on Nov 27, 1981 in New York City, NY .



Although Lenya was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1961Best Supporting ActressThe Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)Countess Magda Terribili-GonzalesNominated

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Lotte Lenya Quotes:

[in Rose Klebb's Istanbul office]
Rosa Klebb: Corporal, I have chosen you for an important assignment. It's purpose is to give false information to the enemy. If you complete it successfully, you will be promoted.
[referring to a picture of James Bond]
Rosa Klebb: From now on, you will do anything he says.
Tatiana: And if I refuse?
Rosa Klebb: [icily] Then you will not leave this room alive.
Tatiana: I will obey your orders.
Rosa Klebb: Good. These are your instructions. You'll report to me here. But the Consulate Security Man must not know that I am in Istanbul. This is classified *far* above his level.
Tatiana: I will say nothing to...
Rosa Klebb: If you do you will be SHOT!
[slams her cane hard against Tatiana's chair]
Rosa Klebb: [flirtatiously] Come, come, my dear.
[Starts rubbing her shoulders]
Rosa Klebb: You are very fortunate to have been chosen for such a simple, delightful duty. A real labour of love, as they say.

[Punches Grant, who doesn't flinch, in the gut with brass knuckles]
Rosa Klebb: He seems fit enough. Have him report to me in Istanbul in 24 hours.

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Her portrayal of Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love (1963) became the inspiration for two other villains: Frau Farbissina (Mindy Sterling) in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

In addition to her husband's legacy, Lenya was also a specialist in Brechtian theatre.


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