She moved to Hollywood and during the 1930s played in a string of films. Her sexy but playful characterisations, along the unusual accent she had acquired during her years in Europe and Asia, made her popular with audiences. She found success as a comedienne and was also popular as a singer on radio. In Roberta (1935), Ginger Rogers played the role that Roberti had originated on Broadway, with reviewers commenting that Rogers' performance was a completely accurate imitation of Roberti's idiosyncratic speech and mannerisms.
Roberti replaced Thelma Todd in a couple of films after the death of Todd, but her health was failing due to heart disease. She began to work less frequently although two days before her death she performed a radio show with Al Jolson.
Roberti died from a heart attack while bending to tie her shoelace.
Lyda Roberti Facts
|Birthday||May 20, 1906|
|Date of death||March 12, 1938 (age 31)|
|Height||5' 3" (1m60) How tall is Lyda Roberti compared to you?|