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The Takeaway: Opera-Singer-Turned-Film-Star Marta Eggerth Still Cabarets At 100
Posted By Elizabeth Nolan Brown On April 13, 2012 @ 8:39 am In Bulletin Today | No Comments
Storyteller and Stage Animal: Hungarian songstress and performer Marta Eggerth got her show-biz start as a child opera prodigy and went on to Broadway and film fame. These days, Eggerth—who will celebrate her 100th birthday April 17—still performs the occasional one-woman show at New York’s Cafe Sabarsky, which hosts a series of ‘upscale, unconventional cabaret evenings,’ according to the Washington Post .
The bookers knew they had a promising idea, since Eggerth is a great storyteller and a stage animal, but they were slightly nervous about booking a 95-year-old woman. Would she, they asked her son Marjan before her first appearance, be able to perform for as long as 45 minutes? … Forty-five minutes was too short. She gave them an hour and a half.
“People ask me, How is it to be 100?” she told the Post. “I say, I don’t know. I have no standard of comparison. You must ask me when I am 200 what it was like to be 100, and then I will be able to tell you.”
Eggerth was married to the Polish tenor Jan Kiepura, who died in 1966. The two starred together in a production of the operetta “The Merry Widow,” which ran “in Chicago, in Europe, and on Broadway for a few hundred performances” in the 1940s. Here’s Eggerth in concert in 1994, at age 82.
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