Lotte Lenya, dancer and singer born in Vienna (n.d.), married Kurt Weill in Berlin in 1926 and achieved international recognition as Jenny in the 1928 production
of Brecht and
Weill Die Dreigroschenoper. With Weill she fled Germany in the early
thirties and in 1935 settled in the United States as a neighbor of Anderson. The two
families became close friends, and Lenya maintained her career on stage (including Candle in the Wind and Barefoot in Athens) and in motion pictures. Following Weill's death
in 1950 she continued to live at New City and had written to Anderson about two songs
found among Weill's papers, asking if the lyrics were Anderson's. Anderson, in Los
Angeles, was just out of the hospital following a prostate operation done preliminary to
the diaphragmatic hernea operation he would have in New York in February, 1955. A
few days after the present letter he began the dramatization of William March novel The Bad Seed and did not undertake a film script.
The song is not in the published text of Sunrise in My Pocket ( 1941), a play about Davy Crockett by Edwin Justus Mayer, who had Weill as composer for his Broadway
musical The Firebrand of Florence in 1945.
"Salute to France," a film Burgess Meredith made for the U.S. Army in 1944.
A refrain from Lost in the Stars.
193. TO VICTOR SAMROCK
[ Los Angeles, California]
July 22, 1954
Harold Freedman called me this evening to ask about things in
general, and in particular about Ralph Levy, and so you may know
what this letter's about without reading it. I got to know Levy through
doing a t v show with him, and then let him read Masque of Queens.
He got excited about it, and began to suggest names for the lead and
to talk about some necessary re-writing. I am now, under the influence
of his enthusiasm and stimulating ideas, planning to bring him in as
co-producer and director--if he can find the right cast for it and
matters work out in the revisions as we hope.
Harold is having breakfast with Roger
2 tomorrow morning. They
will go over the question of The Bad Seed rights and then Harold will tell
Roger that I am taking on Ralph Levy for the Masque play. Now, since Levy is almost inexperienced as a director there is a possibility that he
won't work out when the play has to get ready for New York. That
being the case, there should be some producer or co-producer around
who would be strong enough to change directors if that became