Marta Eggerth

Marta Eggerth

Additional Names: Márta Eggert (Geburtsname); Martha Eggerth (Weiterer Name); Marta Eggerth-Kiepura (Weiterer Name)
Darstellerin, Musik
*17.04.1912 Budapest, Ungarn; †26.12.2013 Rye, New York, USA

Biography

Marta Eggerth, born April 17, 1912, in Budapest, made her first performance as a singer already at the age of eleven and soon became known as a musical prodigy. She performed at the Hungarian state opera in Budapest, then in Vienna, in Hamburg, and in Frankfurt and became a popular operetta star because of her silvery soprano voice. After finishing a film in Hungary, she made her movie debut in Germany in 1931 in Richard Eichberg's "Bräutigamswitwe", that was followed by several other films including "Es war einmal ein Walzer" ("Once There Was a Waltz"). Franz Léhar composed the music for "Es war einmal ein Walzer" for Eggerth. In favour of her movie work, Eggerth appeared less and less on stage.

In 1936, Marta Eggerth married the Polish tenor and film star Jan Kiepura. They both starred in the film "Zauber der Bohème" ("The Charm of La Boheme", 1937) based on motives from Puccini's opera "La Bohème".

Until the end of the 1930s, Eggerth starred in numerous successful operetta films and musical comedies, mainly as a cheeky, captivating girl, but also in more tragic roles, for instance in "Leise flehen meine Lieder" ("Lover Divine", 1933). Critics not only praised her musical abilities but also her nuanced acting.

Because of her Jewish descent and as a foreigner, Eggerth's work permit was restricted during the Nazi regime. Together with Jan Kiepura she emigrated to the United States via France in 1938. There, she was rarely seen in films anymore and only appeared in two MGM musicals alongside Judy Garland, "For Me and My Gal" (1942) and "Presenting Lily Mars" (1943). Together with her husband, Eggerth returned to the theatre and starred in several Broadway productions. Both landed a huge three-year long success with Léhar's operetta "Die lustige Witwe" ("The Merry Widow") that ran on Broadway and went on an extensive tour. Although they did not succeed to return to the film business after the war, Eggerth and Kiepura often toured Germany with their productions.

In 1966, Jan Kiepura died. Martha Eggerth kept performing on stage until old age. In 2000, she performed in a gala show on the occasion of the 200th birthday of the Viennese Volksoper. Late in her career, she also made an appearance in the episode "Nie wieder Oper" of the Austrian branch of TV crime series "Tatort".

In 1979, she received the German film award in gold for her longtime, outstanding achievements in German film.

Marta Eggerth owned an 18-story apartment building in Rye, New York, where she died December 26 2013, aged 101.

Filmography

1999 Nie wieder Oper
Cast
 
1957 Frühling in Berlin
Cast
 
1952 Das Land des Lächelns
Cast
 
1949 Valse brillante
Cast
 
1949 Addio Mimí!
Cast
 
1937/1938 Immer, wenn ich glücklich bin
Cast
 
1937 Zauber der Bohème
Cast
 
1936 Das Hofkonzert
Cast, Vocals
 
1936 Das Schloß in Flandern
Cast
 
1936 La chanson du souvenir. Concert à la cour
Cast
 
1936 Wo die Lerche singt
Cast
 
1935 Die ganze Welt dreht sich um Liebe
Cast
 
1935 E lucean le stelle
Cast
 
1935 Die blonde Carmen
Cast
 
1934 My Heart Is Calling
Cast
 
1934 Ihr größter Erfolg
Cast
 
1934 The Unfinished Symphony
Cast
 
1934 Mein Herz ruft nach Dir
Cast
 
1934 Die Czardasfürstin
Cast
 
1933 Der Zarewitsch
Cast
 
1933 Leise flehen meine Lieder
Cast
 
1932/1933 Die Blume von Hawaii
Cast
 
1932 Das Blaue vom Himmel
Cast
 
1932 Traum von Schönbrunn
Cast
 
1932 Moderne Mitgift
Cast
 
1932 Es war einmal ein Walzer
Cast
 
1932 Ein Lied, ein Kuß, ein Mädel
Cast
 
1932 Kaiserwalzer
Cast
 
1931/1932 Der Frauendiplomat
Cast
 
1931 Eine Nacht im Grandhotel
Cast
 
1931 Der Draufgänger
Cast
 
1931 Trara um Liebe
Cast
 
1931 Die Bräutigamswitwe
Cast
 

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