Massary, Fritzi (1882–1969)

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Massary, Fritzi (1882–1969)

Austrian-born actress and operetta star. Born Friederika Massaryk (or Massarik), Mar 21, 1882, in Vienna, Austria; died Jan 30, 1969, in Beverly Hills, CA; dau. of Leopold Massaryk and Hermine (Herzfeld) Massaryk; m. Max Pallenberg (comic actor, died in air crash 1934); children: Liesl Frank (1903–1979, married to author Bruno Frank).

Made stage debut in Vienna in a revue, then appeared in the title role of Leo Fall's operetta The Empress, followed by title roles in Madame Pompadour, The Gypsy Princess, The Rose of Stamboul, and The Spanish Nightingale; because of her husband's Jewish heritage was forced to flee Germany (1933); made London debut in Operette (1938); retired (1938).

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