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Overview (3)

Born in Berlin, Germany
Died in Vienna, Austria
Birth NameRosa Vallentin

Mini Bio (1)

Rosa Valetti was born the daughter of industrialist Felix Vallentin, and was the sister of Hermann Vallentin. She first appeared on the Berlin stage and later also in Paris, Bruxelles and Vienna. During the first WW she worked for Ludwig Roth, her first husband, at the Residenz-Theater in Berlin. She also worked as a director and acted in most theaters. A meeting with Kurt Tucholsky gave her an opportunity to work in cabaret, firstly in "Schall und Rauch". In 1920 she created her own cabaret "Café Grössenwahn", in 1922 "Die Rampe" and 1923 "Comedia Valetti", in which she also worked with her brother.

She played in many cabarets around Europe and appeared in the Premiere of "Die Dreigroschenoper" ("The Three Penny Opera"). In all she played in more than 40 films including in 1930 "Der Blaue Engel" ("The Blue Angel", "L'ange bleu") with Marlene Dietrich. In 1933 she left Nazi Germany for Vienna, Austria, and worked until 1935 at the Theater at der Josefstadt, making guest appearances in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In 1934 she moved to Berlin and in 1936 to Palästina. Her daughter, the actress Liesel Valetti emigrated to the USA.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rudi Polt / rudipolt@aol.com

Trivia (15)

In the sound film era of the 30s she impersonated again support roles in some important movies, first of all "Der blaue Engel" (1930) and "M" (1931).
The inflation of 1919 to 1923 and the subsequent collapse of the German economy forced Valetti to close her cabaret Cafe Megalomania.
She directed the cabaret Rakete for a time, then launched another cafe of her own, the Rampe, which hosted the works of revolutionist poet and singer Erich Weinert.
She began her career at the theater where she first worked in Berlin and later in Paris, Brussels and Vienna.
She was married with the actor Ludwig Roth, and her daughter Lisl Valetti became an actress too.
After 1934 she could no longer work in Germany because of her Jewish roots. She went to Austria and in 1936 to Palestine. She never appeared again in a movie.
Her brother was the well-known actor Hermann Vallentin.
A street in Berlin's Malsdorf district is named "Rosa-Valetti-Strasse" in her honour.
She not only belonged to the popular support actresses of the German silent film but also belonged to the crème de la crème of German cabaret artists.
Via Kurt Tucholsky she came in contact with the cabaret where she first appeared at the cabaret "Schall und Rauch" and later at the cabarets "Café Grössenwahn", "Die Rampe" and "Comedia Valetti" which were founded by herself.
Inspired by the November Revolution and her meeting with political satirist Kurt Tucholsky, Valetti began performing in cabarets. In 1920, she founded the Café Grössenwahn ("Café Megalomania"), which has been recognized as one of the most important literary and political cabarets in 1920s Berlin. Café Megalomania was frequented by Expressionist writers, and the program of sketch comedy and political songs reflected Valetti's belief in the cabaret as an instrument of political and social criticism.
The height of her film career followed in the 20s where she also took part in many important productions. To these well-known movies belong "Das Mädchen aus der Ackerstrasse" (1920), "Kurfürstendamm" (1920), "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" (1926) and "Asphalt" (1929).
She celebrated her greatest successes on stages in Berlin where she not only worked as an actress but also as a director. Her biggest triumph at the theater was the première of "Die Dreigroschenoper" in 1928.
She joined the film business very soon and she took part in the movies "Madame Potiphar" (1911) and "Die Ballhaus-Anna" (1911).
Her age and sturdy mien ensured that she acted mostly in motherly roles, as in the 1925 film Die Prinzessin und der Geiger (The Princess and the Violinist), in which she played a 46-year-old grandmother.

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