Leni Stengel

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Leni Stengel
Leni Stengel (1932, The Animal Kingdom, Film).jpg
Born (1901-09-12)September 12, 1901
Berlin, Germany
Died April 1, 1982(1982-04-01) (aged 80)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actor, Stage, Film, and Radio
Years active 1920s to 1950s

Leni Stengel (September 12, 1901 – July 1, 1982) was an actress who appeared on Broadway, on television, and in films, through the 1920s to 1950s.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Berlin, Germany, and was a grandniece of the German composer Friedrich von Flotow.

Career[edit]

Leni Stengel, with Don Dillaway and Ann Harding in The Animal Kingdom (1932)

Her work in films includes Cracked Nuts (1931), Beau Ideal (1931), Half Shot at Sunrise (1930), The Animal Kingdom (1932), and Hollywood Speaks (1932).[1] She worked with Buster Keaton in Casanova wider Willen ("The Reluctant Casanova", 1931), the German version of Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931).[2]

In television, she appeared in Lux Video Theatre, "Ti Babette" (1953), "Legacy of Love" (1952); Police Story, "Detective Sergeant, Martin Stephens" (1952);[3] Lights Out, "Carmelita" (1951), The Clock, "Accident on Canigou" (1951).[4]

On Broadway, she appeared in Princess Turandot (1926, fantasy), These Few Ashes (1928, comedy), Tovarich (1936, comedy), and Swan Song (1946, her final Broadway appearance).[5]

In her films and radio performances with comedy duo Wheeler & Woolsey, such as Cracked Nuts (1931) and Half Shot at Sunrise (1930), she worked as the straight man and romantic interest with Robert Woolsey, as Dorothy Lee did with Bert Wheeler.

In Half Shot at Sunrise, they share a comic dance routine, during which she tears off most of Woolsey's doughboy uniform, until he ends up in his skivvies, posing in a fountain.[6]

Later life[edit]

She died in 1982 in New York City, New York, USA.

Leni Stengel as Zuleika, in Beau Ideal (1931)

Filmography[edit]

Robert Woolsey and Leni Stengel in Half Shot at Sunrise (1930)

A partial list of film and television work:

References[edit]

Leni Stengel with Bobby Clark and Paul McCullough in Kickin' the Crown Around (1933)

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