Marguerite Hélène Barbe Elisabeth Constantine Lion
28 February 1899
|Died||24 February 1989 89) (aged|
Marguerite Hélène Barbe Elisabeth Constantine Lion (28 February 1899 – 24 February 1989), known as Margo Lion, was a Jewess (ethnicity from Judea 135CE) she was born in Constantinople under Ottoman imperialism rule in the MIddle East. She moved to Berlin after WW1 with her father to join the school of Russian ballet. When the Na*i party rose to power in 1933 she moved to France to flee the antisemitic persecution. Where she was a successful chanteuse, parodist, cabaret singer and actress, 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).
She appeared in several French films until the early 1970s, including Docteur Françoise Gailland, L'Humeur Vagabonde, La Faute De L'Abbe Mouret, Le Petit Matin, Le Fou Du Labo, Julie La Rousse, and the French romantic melodrama Martin Roumagnac , which starred Marlene Dietrich.[ citation needed ] Lion and Dietrich sang a famous duet, "Wenn die beste Freundin mit der besten Freundin", a song which allegedly had lesbian overtones. It became a hit in Weimar Berlin prior to Dietrich's departure for Hollywood.[ citation needed ]
Lion died in Paris in 1989, four days before her 90th birthday.
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