Book presentation: Werner Rosenberger Glamouröse Wienerinnen
Many of the stars of yesteryear from the world of dance, theater, vaudeville, and film, glamorous and mysterious, thrilling Vienna 1900 and causing scandal in the Roaring Twenties, have been undeservedly forgotten today. And yet, they were courageous and modern in an era that was neither. The expressive dancer Lena Amsel performed at Galerie Miethke in Palais Eskeles for Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, and Josef Hoffmann. The Russian-Jewish actress and notorious morphine addict Maria Orska died alone and in poverty of a Veronal overdose, like the main character in Arthur Schnitzler’s short story Fräulein Else. Striptease dancers like Anita Berber were queens of the night, while Hans Makart’s model Hanna Klinkosch, clergyman’s daughter Marietta Johanny, and Countess Kitty Schönborn, wife of Baron Rothschild, were subjects of gossip on account of their many love affairs. Finally, the dancer and choreographer Maria Ley from Vienna, known as “La Parisienne,” discovered, like many of her generation to be driven out of Europe, how ephemeral the idea of home can be.
In his new book Glamouröse Wienerinnen (Metroverlag), Werner Rosenberger recounts the enthralling, dramatic, and sometimes tragic stories of twenty-six fascinating women.
Werner Rosenberger, born 1957, lives in Vienna. He has written for GEO, Profil, Trend, and Diners Club Magazin. He has been culture editor for Der Kurier since 1994 and has written numerous travelogues.
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