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Lillian Herlein (March 11, 1895 – April 13, 1971) was an actress and singer in theater and vaudeville in the early 20th century

Herlein was in The Rose of Algeria produced by the Herald Square Theatre in New York City in September 1909. She sang the role of Zoradie, which had been sung by Ida Brooks Hunt in the previous season. The audience demanded an encore of her rendition of The Rose of the World, part of the Victor Herbert music.

She played the 5th Avenue Theatre with Keith & Proctor in vaudeville afterward. The venue was located at Broadway and 28th Street in Manhattan (New York). Herlein performed at the Brighton Beach Music Hall in July 1911. She was in a charity benefit at the New York Hippodrome, for the Christmas Fund of the New York American and Evening Journal, in December 1911. She was joined by Gaby Deslys, Lillian Shaw, Gertrude Bryan, and numerous stage and comedy artists of the era. Proceeds were donated to the poor of New York City.

The Orpheum Theatre in Brooklyn, New York presented A Hungarian Rhapsody and the musical comedy, Sweeties, in June 1919. Herlein was among the players along with Harry Mayo and Basil Lynn. In July Herlein was a member of the Alla Maslova Ballet. The troupe presented Kiss Me in Washington, D.C., at the B.F. Keith Theatre, 675 15th Street NW.

Herlein also appeared at the Palace Theater and Winter Garden Theater on Broadway and in Europe. In her later years she was on radio and television and was a character actor in films. Her movie credits are for a role as Mrs. Levy in Solomon In Society (1922) and an uncredited part in Thanks For The Memory (1938).

Lillian Herlein died at French Hospital, 8th Avenue (Manhattan) and West 30th Street, in 1971. She was the widow of Charles G. Strakosch, who died in June 1965. They had a son, Charles Jr. Herlein was in her 70s.


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