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:

[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.

[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.

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Lotte Lenya Facts

Moved to Zurich in 1914 to be trained in classical dance and gained experience in opera and ballet at the Schauspielhaus.

The Bobby Darin version of the song "Mack the Knife" (written by Lotte Lenya's husband Kurt Weill) mentions her by name.

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