Sonny Watson's Homepage
Ballrooms | Burlesque | Contests | Dances | Dancers | Marathons | Movies | Posters | Sheet Music | Troupes | Refresh
Music Lists: Contemporary WCS| Trad'l WCS| C/W Swing| Big Band| Disco| Gospel| Holiday| Hustle| Late Night| Latin| Latin WCS| Mash-Ups| NC2S| Techno
You Are here: Search Streetswing Site Site Search --->

Stage Name

Birth Name

Tilly Losch Ottilie Ethel Losch
"Countess of Carnarvon"  

     Tilly Losch was an established dancer and actress, she was titled the 'Countess of Carnarvon.' Danced in many children's parts in all repertory ballets and Operas. She studied her dancing at the Vienna Imperial Opera ballet school at the age of six. Tilly became a full member of the ballet corps at the unusually young age of fifteen. She also studied modern dance with Grete Wiesenthal and Mary Wigman.

     Tilly made her professional debut in Vienna Waltzes and her first dramatic role was in 'Leonce and Lena' at Vienna's Burg theater. Her first solo appearance was at the Opern Theatre in Vienna in the 5/9/1924 ballet 'Schlagobers,' and by the time she was twenty was one of Vienna's most popular dancers. Made her London debut with 'This Year of Grace' in 1928.

     Losch stayed with the Vienna Opera untill she came to the U.S. (1927/1928) and gave various dance recitals in Central Europe. She met Harold Kreutzberg that same summer and would work for him many times. Later she meet George Ballanchine and danced as a Ballerina in his 1933 Ballets. Went on to dance and choreograph many

Plays and movies. Also danced with Fred Astaire but she was never the exhibitionist, she was always shy, on-stage and off. Tilly's first marriage ended in divorce due to numerous infidelities on her part.

     Following a bout of depression, Tilly discontinued her dancing career, but soon felt the need for expression in another artistic medium. Having first tried her hand at watercolors, she began to paint seriously. The first one-person exhibition of her paintings, held at New York's Bignou Gallery in the spring of 1944. Tilly's second marriage was to the son of the world famous discoverer of King Tutankhamen's tomb, Earl of Carnarvon and almost overnight became Lady Carnarvon, an English Countess.

  While in New York in 1975 She died from cancer.

Birth Place

Birth Date



Vienna, Austria 11/15/1907 - 12/24/1975 Edward James (1931-34) n/a
    Henry Herbert,
6th Earl of Carnarvon.

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Ballet Fred Astaire Beggars Waltz (w/Astaire)
Hand Dance (her celebrated) Harold Kreutzberg Dancing In The Dark
Modern Dance Laurent Novikoff      
Waltz     Lottie Lenya      
      Sergi Ismailoff      
      Tamara Toumanova      


Theaters etc


1924 - Schlagobers American Ballet 1913 - Wiener Walzer (Vienna Opera)
1927 - Midsummer Nights Dream Ballet Theater Group 1924 - Die Puppenfee (Josef Hassreiter's)
1928 - This Year In Grace Ballet Russe (w/Toumanova) 1924 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
1929 - Wake Up and Dream Burg theater 1926 - Everyman (Choreo)
1932 - Die Fledermaus Columbus Circle Theater 1927 - Danton's Death (Choreo)
1933 - Balanchine's Ballets Covent Garden 1928 - Year of Grace, the (London Debut)
1933 - Les Ballets (by James) Imperial Opera ballet school 6/3/1931 - Band Wagon (w/ Astaire)
1934 - The Seven Deadly Sins of ... Lyceum Theatre (1932) 1931 - Gang's All Here
New Amsterdam Theatre (1931) 1931 - Vienna State Opera (Ballerina)
1947 - Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo Opern Theatre 1932 - Miracle, the (acted)
Goyescas Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (1933) 1933 - Seven Deadly Sins (as Anna II)
        1935 - Streamline 
      1936 - Gardens Of Allah 
      1938 - Everyman (Chor)
      1941 - Goya Pastoral (Antony Tudor's)
      1955 - Salome
      Danton's Death (Chor)
      Servant of Two Masters




1931 - The Gangs All Here n/a 10/1929 - Vanity Fair Magazine
$1936 - Garden of Allah (as Irena)       5/1930 - Dance Magazine
1936 - Limelight       8/5/1946 - Life Magazine
$1938 - The Good Earth (as Lotus)       1949 - Dance Encyclopedia (Chujoy)
$1945 - Duel In The Sun (as Chavez)       8/1953 - Vogue Magazine
$1946 - Song of Scheherazade (Chor)     11/19/1955 - Saturday Review Magazine
      1975 - Stars of the 20's (Earley)
      1983 - Joseph Cornell and the Ballet

Site Map| Disclaimer| Privacy Policy

©1999-2013 (Sonny Watson's dancer History Archives - biography/photos bio. who was page).