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Lyda Roberti

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Biography

Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire [now Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland]
Lyda's father was German clown Roberti, her mother a Polish trick rider. As a child performer, she toured Europe and Asia with the Circus in which she was born, leaving it (and her reportedly abusive father) in Shanghai, China. In this truly international city, Lyda became a child cafe entertainer and learned the fractured English that became her trademark. Around 1927, she emigrated to California, finding work in vaudeville, where she was "discovered" in 1930 by Broadway producer Lou Holtz and became an overnight star in his 1931 show 'You Said It'. Read more...

Actor

Character: Mata Machree

Million Dollar Legs 1932

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Character: Fanny Zabowolski

Dancers in the Dark 1932

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Character: Dora Nichols

Torch Singer 1933

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