Delvard, Marya

BORN 11 Sep 1874, Réchicourt-le-Château, Moselle - DIED 25 Sep 1965, Pullach, Bayern (near München)
BIRTH NAME Billère, Maria Joséphine
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Nordfriedhof, Ungererstrasse 130 (088-4-14)

Marya Delvard was the daughter of a French professor. She considered herself to be the stylistic heir to Yvette Guilbert. She went to Munich to study classical voice technique. There she was a founding member of the cabaret group "Elf Scharfrichter" ("Eleven Executioners") that was active in München-Schwabing between 1901 and 1903. She was very pale and thin, dressded in black and had her very own way of performing French chansons and German songs.

She went to Vienna where she lived with Marc Henry. She, Henry and Hannes Ruch started the "Cabaret Nachtlicht" there. She was also involved in the "Fledermaus" cabaret in Vienna that opened in 1907.

She toured extensively with Marc Henry in Germany and France. In 1929 she went to Switzerland. From 1930 to 1939 she lived in Vienna. In 1939 she emigrated to France where she lived in Poitiers. In 1958 she returned to Munich.

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The grave of Marya Delvard at the Nordfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (30 Aug 2009)


• Scheibmayr, Erich, Letzte Heimat, Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen 1784-1984, Scheibmayr Verlag, München, 1985
Marya Delvard – Wikipedia

Deman-Leider, Frida

Published: 20 Apr 2014
Last update: 01 Mar 2022