Though I was born in Vienna, I only lived there for about twelve
years of my life, yet I am drawn back time and again, like the bee to
My first 6 years were spent with my beloved Grandmother, Omi, in a small
friendly house in Wientraubengasse, number 8. This little street had been
quite famous due to the Carltheatre which stood sentinel at its entrance.
There my mother, aged 9, had made her stage debut in the Rastelbinder
- a folksy operetta by Millöcker. She had been spotted as a great
talent in the Tanzschule Singer by Hermann Leopoldi, the well known composer
and cabaret artist - I am singing his 'Schiön ist so ein Ringelspiel'
for you on my German & Austrian CD. Alas
the Carltheatre has made way to an ultramodern office block and with it
disappeared some of Vienna's most colour theatre history.
This is supposed to be about me - but, of course, there would
be no me without Rosl Berndt, that extraordinary woman, my mother. She
truly was the Shirley Temple of her day. Touring the Monarchy she brought
the house down in Budapest when, aged 10, she sang the Rakozy Marsch to
the troops. Aged 11 she sang before the last Austrian Emperor, Carl, in
the last hours of the Monarchy. A well-known Cabaret artiste and Soubrette,
she married my father, Karl Müller, proprietor of the Cabaret Theatre
going strong today.
such a strong theatrical background the stage was a likely option for
me. In fact, I showed early talent when on matinee, aged two and a half,
I escaped granny's watchful eyes and climbed onto the stage of the Simpl
to give a solo song and dance performance. I was a great success, though
not with Granny! But no. I studied Modern Languages, being fluent in six,
married Tom and became Elizabeth Johnson in the UK, produced three gorgeous
girls and lived happily ever after. . .
There you might pause a moment. "Where have I heard this name before?"
Yes. You've got it. To put it immodestly, I became The Elizabeth Johnson
- founder of The Elizabeth Johnson Organisation (EJO). Today EJO is in
good hands and thrives into the future and it has, in its long existence,
received thousands of young people (more than 200,000 in fact) on English
courses and homestays. Let me know if you were one of them!
So, what about Liesl Müller, Chansonniere? Little Liesl's
escape on to the stage aged two and a half was no isolated case. "J'ai
deux amours, mon pay et Paris", sang Josephine Baker. I also had
two loves: teaching English to the World and singing. The latter I did
often, on Italian and other radio stations, the Theatre Royal, Leeds,
the Hofbräuhaus, Munich, L'Arciliuto Teatro Musica Poesia, Rome and
to the assembled FIYTO to name but a few. In fact singing became my trademark
as friends, client and pupils listened to my music and asked for more.
So here I am today, to share my songs with you.