Andersen, Lale

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Andersen, Lale Gender: F
Elisabeth Carlotta Helena Berta Bunnenberg
born on 23 March 1905 at 08:30 (= 08:30 AM )
Place Lehe/Bremerhaven, Germany, 53n3430, 8e35
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 02°00' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 01°55 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 04°39'

Lale Andersen (in her garden, ca. 1952, in Zollikon)
photo: Adrian Michael, license gfdl


German chanson singer-songwriter, best known for her interpretation of the song "Lili Marleen" in 1939, which became tremendously popular on both sides during the Second World War.

In 1922, she married Paul Ernst Wilke (1894–1971), a local painter. They had three children together, then the marriage broke up. In 1931, her marriage ended in divorce.

Through the 1930s she appeared on stage in various cabarets in Berlin and Zurich.

While at the prestigious Kabarett der Komiker (Comedians Cabaret) in Berlin, she met Norbert Schultze, who had composed the music for "Lili Marleen". Lale recorded the song in 1939, but it would only become a hit when the Soldatensender Belgrad (Belgrade Soldier's Radio), the radio station of the German armed forces in occupied Yugoslavia, began broadcasting it in 1941. Andersen was awarded a gold disc for over one million sales of "Lili Marleen".

Nazi officials did not approve the song and Joseph Goebbels prohibited it from being played on the radio. Andersen was not allowed to perform publicly for nine months, not just because of the song but because of her friendship with Rolf Liebermann and other Jewish artists she had met in Zurich. In desperation, she reportedly attempted suicide.

After the war, Andersen all but disappeared as a singer. In 1949, she married Swiss composer Artur Beul. In 1952 she made a comeback with the song "Die blaue Nacht am Hafen", which she had written the lyrics for herself. In 1959 she had another hit "Ein Schiff wird kommen...", a cover version of "Never on Sunday", the title song from the movie of the same name, originally sung in Greek by Melina Mercouri. Both songs won her a gold album in Germany.

In 1961, she participated as the representative of Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Einmal sehen wir uns wieder", which only reached 13th place with three points. Fifty-six years old at the time, she held the record of the oldest participant at Eurovision until 2008.

Throughout the 1960s, she toured Europe, the United States and Canada, until her farewell tour Goodbye memories in 1967. Lale Andersen died of a heart attack in Vienna on 29 August 1972, aged 67.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites birth certificate reproduced in "Wie einst Lili Marleen: das Leben der Lale Andersen" by Gisela Lehrke (Henschel, 2002), p. 8: "am dreiundzwanzigsten März des Jahres tausend neunhundert fünf vormittags um acht ein halb ein Mädchen geboren worden sei und daß das Kind die Vornamen Liese-Lotte Helene Berta erhalten habe."

[Abridged translation: "a girl was born on the twenty-third of March in the year nineteen hundred and five in the morning at eight an a half (8.30) with the name Liese-Lotte Helene Berta"].


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
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