Jeanette Baroness Lips from Lipstrill

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Jeanette Baroness Lips von Lipstrill (born November 6, 1924 in Wallern , Bohemia as Rudolf Schmid , † March 8, 2005 in Vienna ) was Austria's last professional female art piper .


Rudolf Schmid's birthplace (2020)

Schmid completed an apprenticeship as a photographer . At the age of 17 he was drafted into the German armed forces and discharged there after suffering from typhoid fever . As a displaced Sudeten German, he came to Munich and began a career as a female impersonator.

Schmid was an integral part of the variety scene. In the most successful time he was u. a. with Frank Sinatra , Bob Hope , Édith Piaf , Marlene Dietrich and Josephine Baker on stage. During a guest performance at the Hamburg Hansa Theater , he impressed Shah Reza Pahlavi , who hired him to Tehran . Schmid became a star in the Orient and lived in Cairo for 15 years . In 1964, he underwent sex reassignment surgery there .

She continued her international stage career as Baroness Lips von Lipstrill. André Heller invited her to his winter garden tour in 1994 and brought Lips to Broadway . In 2004 she received the Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria.

Lipstrill's Lips died of complications from the flu at the age of 80.


  • Rudi Schmid . In: Volarsky zpravodaj . Srpen 2019. p. 17
  • Jeanette Baroness Lips from Lipstrill dead . In Sudetenpost . No. 6 (2005). P. 9.

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Individual evidence

  1. List of winners of the Medal of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria . Retrieved December 11, 2015.