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Goslar (Lotte) Papers, 1923-1997

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Biography

Lotte Goslar was born Charlotte Goslar, February 27, 1907 in Dresden, Germany. Her parents were Hermann Goslar and Emilie Mueller. She was the third of five children.

Goslar studied at the Mary Wigman School of Dance in the early 1930s, but left because the style didn't suit her. She auditioned for Gret Palucca, who accepted Goslar into her company. While in the company, Goslar began creating her own dances, but only after much urging from friends did she show them to Palucca, who was so impressed that she included Disgruntled into the program. After two years in the company, Goslar left to begin a solo career. In 1933, while on tour in Prague with Palucca, she left Germany in protest when Hitler and the Nazis seized power.

Erika Mann created a part in Peppermill Revue specifically for Goslar, who accepted the role and toured Europe, then toured in the United States in 1934. The show failed in the United States, Goslar was a hit and began fielding offers from agents and producers. In 1943 Goslar began an eight-week engagement with Elsa Lancaster, at the Turnabout Theater in Hollywood; it lasted ten years. During this time she taught movement classes for budding actors, including Marilyn Monroe, who became a friend. In 1947, Goslar served as choreographer for the premiere of Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, starring Charles Laughton.

Goslar met her husband Bill Seehaus in 1943. The couple settled in Connecticut. In 1954 she created Lotte Goslar's Pantomime Circus. The group toured the United States and Europe for over thirty years. Her husband Bill, died unexpectedly in 1959 while she was on tour in Europe.

Goslar died at age 90 in Great Barrington, MA, on October 16, 1997.


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