Lyda Roberti

Lyda Roberti
Lyda's father was German clown Roberti, her mother a Polish trick rider. As a child performer, she toured Europe and Asia with the Circus in which she was born, leaving it (and her reportedly abusive father) in Shanghai, China. In this truly international city, Lyda became a child cafe entertainer and learned the fractured English that became her trademark. Around 1927, she emigrated to California, finding work in vaudeville, where she was "discovered" in 1930 by Broadway producer Lou Holtz and became an overnight star in his 1931 show 'You Said It'. Lyda's unforgettable stage and screen character was a sexy blonde whose charming accent and uninhibited man-chasing were played for hilarious laughs. From 1932-35 she made 8 comedy and musical films mainly at Paramount, with Fields, Cantor, and other great comedians; her unique singing style was also popular on the radio and records. Her health declining from premature heart disease, she briefly replaced the late Thelma Todd in Hal Roach comedy shorts with Patsy Kelly and appeared in 3 features for MGM and Columbia, then retired from film work a few months before her fatal heart attack at age 31. Date of Birth 20 May 1906, Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire [now Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland] Date of Death 12 March 1938, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Name Lyda Roberti
Also Known As
Birthday 1906-05-20
Deathday 1938-12-03
Gender Female
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Place of Birth
As: Rosalie
1932-11-17
The Kid from Spain...
As: Lena Marchetti
1937-04-23
Nobody's Baby...
As: Herself
1929-05-05
The Roof Garden Revu...
As: Lyda Roberti
1936-04-04
At Sea Ashore...
As: Lyda Roberti
1936-04-24
Hill-Tillies...
As: Mimi
1934-11-23
College Rhythm...
As: Dora Nichols
1933-09-08
Torch Singer...
As: Mata Machree
1932-07-08
Million Dollar Legs...
As: Countess Ysobel de N
1935-09-20
The Big Broadcast of...
As: Kitty Fredericks
1938-04-18
Wide Open Faces...
As: Unknown
1934-11-15
Hollywood Rhythm...
As: Jenny
1933-08-08
Three-Cornered Moon...
As: Manya
1935-03-29
George White's 1935 ...
As: Fanny Zabowolski
1932-03-11
Dancers in the Dark...
As: Dagmar
1937-03-21
Pick a Star...
As: College Girl
1933-10-20
Meet The Baron...