Blandine Ebinger

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Ebinger and Friedrich Hollaender

Blandine Ebinger (born Blandine Loeser) (4 November 1899, in Berlin – 25 December 1993, in Berlin) was a German actress and chansonniere, the daughter of the pianist Gustav Loeser and the actress Margarete Wezel. Ebinger became acquainted with Friedrich Hollaender in 1919, and with him she became heavily invested as a performer, writer, and composer in the Berlin cabaret scene in the 1920s, beginning in the cabaret Schall und Rauch and the Café Größenwahn. She married Friedrich Hollaender, and she recorded many of his cabaret songs, including the set of songs entitled Lieder eines armen Mädchens. Although Ebinger and Hollaender ended their marriage before Hollaender emigrated to the United States because of the increasingly hostile environment for Jewish citizens in the early 1930s, Ebinger nevertheless faced discrimination as a result of the marriage, much of which was directed at their half-Jewish daughter, Philine, who was briefly married to Georg Kreisler. Ebinger emigrated to the United States in 1937, returning to Berlin in 1947. She moved to Munich, where she met her second husband, the publisher Helwig Hassepflug, in 1961. They eventually settled back in Berlin, where Blandine continued her career in the theater and as an actress on television productions. Ebinger died on 25 December 1993 in Berlin and is buried on the Waldfriedhof Dahlem. She was 94 years old.

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