cabaret 2

Maybe you remember this song from the film Cabaret. It was recorded by the Viennese cabaret singer and actress Greta Keller. It was made familiar—famous even—to new audiences just five years before the singer’s death in 1977.

Called “Heiraten” (Married), it was played in the film to describe the joys of being married when Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), having become pregnant, briefly decided to marry the bisexual Brian Roberts  (Michael York), a relationship that ended when she got an abortion.

greta kellerFor over 45 years Greta Keller’s voice was familiar worldwide, in radio shows, films, revues, concerts and musicals, but above all in recordings. Greta’s singing in what some call “a style reminiscent of Marlene Dietrich” comes from the fact she was the model for how Marlene Dietrich developed her own voice. First called “The Great Lady Of Chanson” in her native Vienna, the nickname followed her to London and America, where she married and lived for many years.

Her husband, an actor known as David Bacon, the son of a prominent Boston family, was murdered in 1943. The murder was never solved.

Not long after that, their child was stillborn. It took some time for her to recover from these events, but she restarted her career in Switzerland, then on to Vienna, Berlin, and back to New York City.

The last years of her life, from 1973 until her death Greta lived, worked, and traveled with her last partner, Wolfgang Nebmaier, who now lives in Southern Oregon.


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Listen to Greta Keller performing “Heiraten”


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