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Claire Waldoff, born Clara Wortmann, was a German singer. She was a famous kabarett singer and entertainer in Berlin during the 1910s and 1920s, chiefly known for performing ironic songs in the Berlinish dialect.
Born: October 21, 1884, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Died: January 22, 1957, Bad Reichenhall, Germany
Buried: Pragfriedhof, Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Stadtkreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Buried alongside: Olga von Roeder
Albums: Immer ran an Speck, Claire Waldoff, Folge 8, more
Genres: Cabaret, Music hall, Operetta, Revue, Schlager music
Record labels: ZYX Music, duo-phon records, more

Claire Waldoff was a famous German cabaret singer and entertainer in Berlin during the 1910s and 1920s. Waldoff was known for singing her songs in distinctive Berliner slang. Her success reached its peak in the 1920s. She performed at the two great Berlin varietés, Scala and Wintergarten, sang together with Marlene Dietrich, and had her songs played on the radio. Her repertoire included around 300 original songs. Waldoff lived happily together with Olga Freiin von Roeder in Berlin during the 1920s. Together they often met other lesbian friends in the club, Damenklub Pyramide, in Berlin. After the German Nazis won the elections in 1933, and Hitler came to power, Waldoff's success ended. In 1939, she and Olga von Roder left Berlin together, and moved to Bayerisch Gmain. Waldoff lost all her money in German Monetary reform in 1948. In 1953, she wrote her autobiography. In 1954, she got a little monetary support by the senate of the city of Berlin. Claire and Olga are buried together at the Pragfriedhof cemetery in Stuttgart.
Together from (around) 1920 to 1957: 37 years.
Claire Waldoff aka Clara Wortmann (October 21, 1884 - January 22, 1957)
Olga Freiin von Roeder (June 12, 1886 - July 11, 1963)

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ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
ISBN-10: 1500563323
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At Pragfriedhof (Friedhofstraße 44, 70191 Stuttgart), Olga Von Roeder (1886-1963) and Claire Waldoff (1884-1957) are buried together. Claire Waldoff was a German singer. Waldoff lived together with her significant other Olga "Olly" von Roeder until her death. The couple lived happily in Berlin during the 1920s. Part of the queer scene, they associated with celebrities like Anita Berber in the milieu around Damenklub Pyramide near Nollendorfplatz. After the war, she lost her savings in the West German monetary reform of 1948 and from 1951 relied on little monetary support by the Senate of Berlin.

Queer Places, Vol. 3 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532906695
ISBN-10: 1532906692
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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