Romy Haag

Romy Haag
Romy Haag photographed by Tom Ordelman
Romy Haag photographed by Tom Ordelman
Background information
Born (1948-01-01) 1 January 1948
The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
Occupation(s)Singer, dancer
Years active1961–present

Romy Haag (born Edouard Frans Verba on 1 January 1948) is a Dutch dancer, singer, actress and former nightclub manager.

Early life

When she was 13, Romy Haag and her family joined the circus. She started her career at the renowned Circus Strassburger as a children's clown. At age 16, she moved to Paris with the trapeze artists from the circus and debuted at the Parisian nightclub Alcazar as a cabaret dancer.


In 1972, an American show manager offered Haag a tour booking and she performed her show "Berlin Chanson" at Fire Island, in Long Island and Atlantic City. There she met and fell in love with a street musician from Berlin and decided to move back to Europe to live in the German city with him.[1]

In 1974, at age 26, she opened her own cabaret, named Chez Romy Haag, in Berlin-Schöneberg. The venue became successful and had many notable visitors, including Udo Lindenberg, Zizi Jeanmaire, Patricia Highsmith, Bryan Ferry, Tina Turner, Horst Buchholz, Grace Jones, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Iggy Pop, Freddie Mercury, Lou Reed and Mick Jagger, whom she first met in 1973.[2] In 1976, Haag and David Bowie began a romantic relationship; Bowie subsequently moved to Berlin and completed his first German tour.[2][3]

Her first single “Liege-Samba“ appeared in 1977, with Udo Lindenberg contributing the lyrics and music. She went on tour with Lindenberg, and in the following year, released her single “Superparadise”. In 1979, the New Yorker Profile Gallery profiled her in a photo tribute. In 1981, her first album “So bin ich”, with Klaus Hoffmann contributing the lyrics, was released.

After nine years, in 1983, she sold her night club to travel the world. Returning to Germany in 1986, she began touring Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the U.S. with her “City in the Night” show. During mid 1980s, Haag was featured in the video installation "Queen Zero", an art performance in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

In 1999, her autobiography Eine Frau und mehr was published. Haag describes her life, the art scene in the U.S., and Berlin in the 1970s.

In 2010, she had a role as a receptionist in the internet soap opera Doc Love playing alongside Dieter Bach, Oliver Bender and Ellenie Salvo González.

During her career, she performed with Conny Göckel, Alexander Kraut, Lutz Woite, Friedel Schwarz, Erik Küppers, Blacky Schwarz, Roland Götz, Hansi Wallbaum, Uli Moritz, Eberhardt Fortmann.

She has had roles in 26 films, including Plastikfieber, Zum Beispiel Otto Spalt, Die Hamburger Krankheit and Mascara with Charlotte Rampling. She released 17 albums.

Honors and awards

In 1997 Haag received the Teddy Award at the Berlinale 1997 for her life work. The Teddy Award is awarded in recognition of films with LGBTQIA topics.

The German astronomer Felix Hormuth named one of the minor planets he discovered on 29 January 2009 after Romy Haag. The asteroid is officially named 305660 Romyhaag.[4]



  • 1977: Tell! cast recording (With Su Kramer, Jürgen Drews, Udo Lindenberg, Jackie Carter, Alexis Korner) (Telefunken)
  • 1981: So bin Ich (Aladin)
  • 1983: Flugblatt (Risiko)
  • 1985: City in the Night (Constant)
  • 1990: Live – Rock n Roll Bitch (1980–1990) (Black-Heart)
  • 1992: Live – Leben ist gleich Karneval (Black-Heart)
  • 1993: On the Road Again – Chaos in Einheit Tour (Black-Heart)
  • 1996: In Concert – Hexenkessel (Black-Heart)
  • 1999: Cabaret Berlin (Ricca)
  • 2001: Balladen für Huren und Engel (Ricca)
  • 2003: Reichtum Chill-Inn-Music (Kraut)
  • 2005: Frauen, die ich nicht vergessen kann – Live (Kraut)
  • 2010: Moving On (Fpr Music)


  • 1977: "Liege-Samba" (Telefunken)
  • 1978: "Superparadise" (Philips)
  • 1979: "Showtime" (Philips)
  • 1979: "Catch Me" (Aladin / EMI Electrola)
  • 1983: "Rosen Im Schnee" (Aladin)
  • 1983: "Non Je Ne Regrette Rien" (Risiko)
  • 1985: "In Der Nacht Ist Der Mensch Nicht Gern Alleine" (Constant)
  • 1987: "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (EMI)
  • 1990: "Süße Kirschen" – Lyric Expedition Featuring Romy Haag (Teldec)
  • 1994: "Toujours Retour" (Ricca)
  • 2001: "La Vie En Rose" (Monopol)
  • 2002: "Memories Are Made of This" (Pool)
  • 2012: "Love Will Find a Way" – Romy Haag with Marion Gold (Bon Voyage)
  • 2012: "Let's Dance" – Part of the Art Featuring Romy Haag (N/A)
  • 2014: "Wunder Gibt Es Nur Im Märchen" (Donato Plögert Musik)


  • 1987: Ossegg oder Die Wahrheit über Hänsel und Gretel
  • 1987: Mascara, Director: Patrick Conrad
  • 1988: Zum Beispiel Otto Spalt (The Case of Mr. Spalt)
  • 2014: Laura – Das Juwel von Stuttgart, Director: Rosa von Praunheim



  • (de) Eine Frau und mehr, Romy Haag, 1999, Quadriga (ISBN 3-88679-328-1).


  1. ^ Ars Electronica – Archiv (PDF) Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine: Künstlerbiografien, 1986, PDF erstellt am 1. Juni 2004 (in German)
  2. ^ a b Jän (16 November 2011). "Stones rollen mit 130 Trucks an". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Romy Haag freut sich auf ihren Ex-Freund David Bowie". Die Welt (in German). 16 November 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  4. ^ "305660 Romyhaag (2009 BJ73)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

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Romy Haag, German singer & entertainer (The Hague, Netherlands, Jan 1, 1951 - ).