Vintage Photos of Berlin Cabaret Artists (1920s-1930s)

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Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992). Her earliest professional stage appearances were as a chorus girl on tour with Guido Thielscher’s Girl-Kabarett vaudeville-style entertainments, and in Rudolf Nelson revues in Berlin. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel (1930) brought her international fame and resulted in a contract with Paramount Pictures. Photo of Dietrich by Ruth Harriet Louise, c 1930 via

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Trude Hesterberg (1892 – 1967) was a German stage and film actress, cabaret artist, chanson singer, soubrette and operetta singer, as well as founder and director of a cabaret stage. It is thought that she was an early consideration for the lead role in The Blue Angel, before it was given to Marlene Dietrich via

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Margo lion (1899 – 1989) first came to Berlin in 1921 and made her debut at Trude Hesterbergs cabaret ‘Wild Bühne’ (The Wild Stage) in 1923 . She is best known for her role as Pirate Jenny in director G.W. Pabst’s 1931 French language adaptation of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) via

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Anita Berber (1899 – 1928) was a German dancer, actress, and writer. Her hair was cut fashionably into a short bob and was frequently bright red, as in 1925 when the German painter Otto Dix painted a portrait of her, titled “The Dancer Anita Berber” via

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Valeska Gert (1892 – 1978) could be considered one of Germany’s most ambiguous and overlooked artists. She was a dancer, actress, film and cabaret star. She was a pioneering performance artist who is said to have laid the foundations and paved the way for the punk movement via

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Kate Kühl (1899-1970) nicknamed ‘The Red Nightingale’ went on to perform in all the major cabaret venues of the time including the Wilde Bühne, Kadeko and the Katacombe via

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Blandine Ebinger (1899 – 1993) was a German actress and chansonniere. Ebinger became acquainted with Friedrich Hollaender in 1919, and with him she became heavily invested as a performer, writer, and composer in the Berlin cabaret scene in the 1920s, beginning in the cabaret Schall und Rauch and the Café Größenwahn. Photo of Blandine Ebinger performing Lieder eines armen Mädchens, 1925 via

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) 1923 Wedding Photo

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The wedding of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 26 April 1923. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

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The wedding of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother by Bassano Ltd
sepia-toned platinotype on original card mount, 26 April 1923. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

Vintage Photos of Suzanne Lenglen – the Greatest Female Tennis Player in History

Suzanne Lenglen (1899 – 1938) was a French tennis player who won 31 Championship titles between 1914 and 1926. She was the first female tennis celebrity and one of the first international female sport stars, named La Divine (the Goddess) by the French press. She dominated women’s tennis from 1914 until 1926 when she turned professional.

Prior to Lenglen, female tennis matches drew little fan interest, which quickly changed as she became her sport’s greatest drawing card. Tennis devotees and new fans to the game began lining up in droves to buy tickets to her matches. Temperamental, flamboyant, she was a passionate player whose intensity on court could lead to an unabashed display of tears. But for all her flamboyance, she was a gifted and brilliant player who used extremely agile footwork, speed and a deadly accurate shot to dominate female tennis for seven straight years. Her excellent play and introduction of glamour to the tennis court increased the interest in women’s tennis, and women’s sports in general.

Lenglen’s 241 titles, 181 match winning streak and 341-7 (98%) match record are hard to imagine happening in today’s tennis atmosphere.

 

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French tennis player Suzanne Langlen via

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Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Tennis Ensemble, 1920 via

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Jacques Henri Lartigue, Suzanne Lenglen training, Nice, 1921 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL via

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Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Ensemble, 1926 via

Faboulus Photos of Vintage Snake Charmers

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Vintage snake charmer via

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Famous belle epoque snake charmer Madiah Surith via

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Mademoiselle Héro as Snake Charmer, 1900s via

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Vintage snake charmer, Lyon, France via

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Vintage snake charmer, 1920s via

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Man Ray, Miss Dorita, Snake Charmer, 1930 via
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Vintage Circus snake act, ca. 1920s via

Parisian Showgirl Minstinguett´s Remarkable Headwear

Jeanne Bourgeois (1875-1956) made her debut as Mistinguett at the Casino de Paris in 1895 and went on to appear in venues such as the Folies Bergère, Moulin Rouge and Eldorado.

Her risqué routines captivated Paris, and she went on to become the most popular French entertainer of her time and the highest paid female entertainer in the world, known for her flamboyance and a zest for the theatrical. In 1919 her legs were insured for 500,000 francs.

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Mistinguett by Lucien Waléry, 1920s via

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Mistinguett, 1920s via

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Mistinguett by Lucien Waléry, early 1920s via

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Mistinguett by Lucien Waléry, ca. 1925 via

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Mistinguett, ca. 1930 via

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Mistinguett by Paul Stone Raymor, 1920s  via

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Mistinguett by Paul Stone Raymor, 1920s  via