Kurt Weill Wife: Lotte Lenya, original name Karoline Blamauer, (born October 18, 1898, Vienna, Austria—dated November 27, 1981, New York, New York, U.S.), an Austrian actress-singer who popularised much of the music of her first husband, the composer Kurt Weill, and often appeared in the musical dramas of Weill and his long-time collaborator Bertolt Brecht. Lenya studied ballet and drama in Zurich from 1914 to 1920, was a member of the corps de ballet at the Zürich Stadttheater and performed in Shakespeare in Berlin in the 1920s.
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.
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”).