Bally Prell (Born September 14, 1922 in Munich, died 20 March 1982 in Munich; real name: Agnes Pauline Prell) was a Munich performer, singer, and folk singer, who performed in the Baverian dialect.
Prell was born the daughter of folk singer and composer Ludwig Prell on Leopold Street 77 in Schwabing, a district in the Bavarian Capitol of Munich, where she lived her entire life. As early as five years old, she performed at Munich's Odeon Hall and wowed the audience with her voice. Her voice was a soft tenor, which enabled her to sing classical arias.
On 31 October 1953, she appeared for the first time in Munich's Platzl with her song, "Die Schönheitskönigin von Schneizlreuth" ("The Beauty Queen of Schneizlreuth"). The song used Prell's unusual vocal range and decidedly un-beauty queen-like appearance to caricature the emerging beauty craze. The program included the music composed by her father "Isarmärchen." Prell remained connected to the Platzl the rest of her life.
In 1956 and 1957, she appeared in films, such as in Heiraten verboten (Marriages Forbidden) as a carnival singer and in Zwei Bayern im Harem (Two Bavarians in the Harem) as Leila, Rose of the Night (1957).
Prell died in 1982 from the effects of a goiter operation. She is buried in the Nordfriedhof Cemetery in Munich (grave No. 2-3-5).
The Munich City Museum has an exhibit in Prell's honor, with original items from her famous stage costume including the floral ruffle dress, beach umbrella, fingerless gloves, beauty crown, and the white-blue scarves imprinted with "Miss Schneizlreuthn".
A fountain in her honor, designed by Wolfgang Sand, was erected in 1992 in front of her house in the Leopoldstraße.
On June 14, 2007, the Munich City Council named a new street after Prell. The street is in a new development in the Lochhausen district.
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