Sunday, February 3, 2008

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Lya Mara

Who? Dachshund Lover Lya Mara (August 1, 1897 - ?) was one of the biggest stars of German silent cinema. She was born as Alexandra Gudowitsch (Polish: Aleksandra Gudowicz) in a Polish family in Riga, Latvia. In 36 films from 1915 to 1931, Lya began her public life as a ballet dancer, became very popular, and was named prima ballerina in 1913. A screen test in 1915 secured her a film career. She married director Friedrich Zelnik in 1918. The couple became a popular hub for other filmworkers who met often at the Zelnik household. When Hitler took power in Germany in 1933, Lya Mara left with her husband for London. Talkies had ended her film life, and after her husband died in 1950, all traces of Lya vanished, although it is believed that she spent the last years of her life in Switzerland.
We don't know the names of her smooth black and tan Dachshund or Cavalier. Find out more about Lya Mara at wikipedia.


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