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Lyda Roberti (1906–1938)

Lyda's father was German clown Roberti, her mother a Polish trick rider. As a child performer, she toured Europe and Asia with the Circus in which she was born, leaving it (and her reportedly abusive father) in Shanghai, China. In this truly international city, Lyda became a child cafe entertainer and learned the fractured English that became her ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Kid from Spain
Nobody's Baby
Nobody's Baby Lena Marchetti
Million Dollar Legs
Million Dollar Legs Mata Machree
The Big Broadcast of 1936
The Big Broadcast of 1936 Countess Ysobel de Naigila


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 1938 Wide Open Faces
Kitty Fredericks
 1937 Pick a Star
 1937 Nobody's Baby
Lena Marchetti
 1936 Hill-Tillies (Short)
Lyda Roberti
 1936 At Sea Ashore (Short)
Lyda Roberti
 1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936
Countess Ysobel de Naigila
 1934 College Rhythm
 1933 Meet the Baron
College Girl (uncredited)
 1933 Torch Singer
Dora Nichols
 1933 Three Cornered Moon
 1932 The Kid from Spain
 1932 Million Dollar Legs
Mata Machree
 1932 Dancers in the Dark
Fanny Zabowolski
 1928 Undersea Revue (Short)
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Roberta (1933). Musical revue. Music by Jerome Kern. Book by Otto A. Harbach. Based on the novel "Gowns by Roberta" by Alice Duer Miller. Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical Director: Victor Baravalle. Scenic Design by Clark Robinson. Gowns Designed by Madame Tafel. Furs Designed by ... See more »

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5' 3" (1.6 m)

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Lyda appeared on two Al Jolson radio shows a few days before her death. See more »

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