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LOTTE LENYA(1898 - 1981) Austrian singer and actress, best remembered for performance as Jenny in Kurt Weill's and Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera. Important grouping of contracts, T.L.S.'s and A.L.S.'s surrounding Lenya's career as a singer and actress, includes: typed D.S. 5pp. 4to., New York, 1955, a contract between Lenya and Columbia records in which she agrees to record "Moritat" with Turk Murphy; D.S. 2pp. 4to., New York, July 25, 1957, in which CBS Television contracts Lenya's Brookhouse Music to use the music from "Moritat" in their Louis Armstrong film "Ambassador Satchmo"; D.S., 3pp. 4to., New York, Aug. 3, 1955, in which Lenya grants MGM Records permission to release a recording of Kurt Weill's "Der Jasager"; D.S., 6pp. 4to., New York, Oct. 1, 1956, in which Columbia Records employs Lenya to record two albums, namely "Seven Deadly Sins" and "Mahogany"; D.S., 6pp. 4to., New York, June 1, 1955, in which Columbia Records employs Lenya to record selections from "Threepenny Opera", "Mahogany", "Happy End", and other works; eleven T.L.S.'s, 1956-61, largely business content to her attorney concerning Weill's estate, disputes with record labels, her acting career, etc., and three A.L.S.'s, two on postcards, friendly content with one mentioning her role as a "state security colonel", no doubt referring to her role in "From Russia With Love". File holes, with a few of the types letters showing a bit of wear, one repaired with tape, overall very good.
Estimate $ 400-500

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