Seidl, Lea (1895–1987)

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Seidl, Lea (1895–1987)

Viennese actress and singer. Born Caroline Mayrseidl, Aug 22, 1895, in Vienna, Austria; died Jan 4, 1987, in London, England.

Made stage debut in Vienna as Janku in Rastelbinder by Franz Lehar (1917); appeared in Zurich (1919–20), then Berlin (1922–26), eventually under the direction of Max Reinhardt; made London debut in title role of Frederica (1930), then appeared as Josepha in The White Horse Inn, which ran nearly a year; became a naturalized British subject; in films, appeared as Fraulein Schneider in I Am a Camera (1955), Countess Rostov in War and Peace (1956) and Baroness von Braun in Wernher von Braun (1959).