Here at SSUWAT, we often celebrate divas who, if necessary, could hide a switchblade in their hair. For our latest Mystery Guest, however, we chose one who could hide a lethal blade in her orthopedic shoes: Miss Lotte Lenya! As the widow of Kurt Weill, Lenya worked diligently to keep his work and name before the public, performing annual concerts of his music.
Perhaps Weill's most famous song, "Mack the Knife," was inspired by Lenya in 1928; and when Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin recorded pop versions of it in the 1950's, Lenya was name-checked as an ad-lib lyric. Perhaps not too coincidentally, this rise in her mainstream profile was quickly followed by two showy supporting roles in major Hollywood films: as an impoverished countess in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) and as the evil, blade-running Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love (1963). For the former, Lenya earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod.
The always-clever, ever-sophisticated Toby Worthington, naturally, was the first to guess. He has his pick between the two sensible-shoe-clad SPECTRE agents pictured above. Yours from SSUWAT with love, darling!