Singer, actress, cabaret artist
Go to http://ehpes.com/blog1/2011/11/22/theater-greats-in-czernowitz/
and scroll down or search for Dela Lipinskaja to see a photo
Dela Lipinskaja was one of the cabaret
stars of Weimar Germany, but since then she seems to have
disappeared from collective memory. This page is an attempt to reverse
the process. She was born in "Russia" and died in the "United
States". (Very helpful info, no?) It now appears she did not die in the
US - read through to the bottom of this page.
appeared in Berlin the mid-1920s in the cabarets Rakete (Rocket),
Charlott-Kasino (Charlotte Casino) & Kabarett der Komiker (Comedians'
She was in the cast of the 1926 documentary movie "Der
Tonfilm" (Movie with Sound) (Note that she was still a minor!)
she was the prima donna (not bad for a 21-year-old!) of that fall's Haller
Revue. The Haller Revue's August opening was considered to inaugurate the
cultural season. (2)
She was also involved in the Polish sound film "The
Morals of Mrs. Dulski" in 1930.
She corresponded with Kurt Tucholsky, who
wrote song lyrics for her.
Her performance of Feb. 22, 1933 at the
"Curiohaus" in Hamburg resulted in an antisemitic screed in the "Hamburger
Tageblatt" that resulted in her being forbidden to perform in public by the Nazi
regime. Thereafter, she worked within the framework of the Judisches Kulturbund
(Jewish Cultural Union), before Jewish-only audiences. This work took her to
Rhein-Main, Rhein-Ruhr, Cassel, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg.
She's listed in
the 1933 Vienna telephone book: Dela Lipinskaja-Nevolin - Theresianumgasse 33,
Vienna IV tel 40-0-53 (3)
Between 1934 and 1937 she appeared several
times in Leipzig, sponsored by the Kulturbund, as well as at the cabaret "Der
bunte Karren" (The Colorful Cart). She performed a solo concert called "Petit
Fours" in which Walter Lajtai accompanied her (4)
She performed in Vienna
in 1937, at the Curhauscabaret, and in Schevingen, the Netherlands
1938 she gave Kulturbund concerts in Duesseldorf and Breslau, with chansons by
Endrikat, Joachim Ringelnatz, Curt Bry, Herbert Witt; Erich Kästner, and
She emigrated to Great Britain. In May 1944, she played in
Peter Herz' "Blue Danube Club" in "Der blaue Vogel" (The Blue Bird). She also
performed for the Austrian Labour Club (5).
1945 saw her in an "All Star Concert" at London's Coway Hall. Other performers
were Sybille Binder, Agnes
Bernelle, and Fritzi Schadl
In December 1948 she was the soloist in a
benefit concert for the Association of Jewish Refugees in London.
In the 1940s and '50s, she often performed
with Hilda Loew-Flatter (6)
New Year's Eve 1952, she was part of
"Continental Star Parade" at New York's Town Hall (7)
She is listed in London telephone directories from 1939 to 1974, with a
few short gaps. This suggests she did not move to the US ca. 1948. From these directories it is apparent that her husband was Boris Nevolin. (8)
There are two archived records for arrivals in NYC: Daniela Nevolin,
Dec. 20, 1952, single, British citizen, address in NY. Although this
conflicts with her other biographical
information, it must have been when she arrived for that New Year's eve
1952 concert in NYC. Her husband is not on the passenger list. (8) Then
she returned again on the Queen Mary in Feb. 1953, again alone, listed
as Daniela Cossio-Nevolin. This manifest lists her address, which
matches that in the telephone books for Mrs. Dela Lipinskaya, gives
her occupation as singer, and states that she's married. (8) This
passenger lists clinches the identification. Further, there's an
entry in the digitized London Gazette for her husband, "Baruch [there's
clearly an ocr error in his given name] Zisea Cosio (known as Boris
Nevolin)" (9), at the correct address.
Daniela Nevolin died in the UK on July 11, 1984. There was an
announcement in the London Times on July 13 [These online entries are
index entries only]. (8)
(1) Unless otherwise stated, information from
Volker Kuehn with many thanks
(2) Lincoln Eyre, The New York Times, Aug. 6,
1928 p. 29. Thanks to the New York Public Library's music division for the
(3) Many thanks to Celia Male for looking this up. The impetus to
look came from reference (6), which describes her as having emigrated from
(4) Many thanks to Martina Wilke, Carlebach Stiftung Leipzig
In 2005, the table of contents of "London Information: Of the Austrian
Socialists in Great
. Der österreichischen Sozialisten in
England" was online and crawled by Google. This
reference is from issue 3 of 1944. There is also an
article Dela Lipinskaya:
International Songs in issue 1.
, 18, 2006 Nr. 2, biography of Hilde Loew-Flatter, p. 37
New York Times, Jan. 1, 1953 p 18. Thanks to the New York Public Library's music
division for the copy.
(8) ancestry.co.uk search by my cousin Elaine Honigmann - thanks a million!
This is a single page of a much longer piece, so it's not clear
why this list was published.