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Drama Actress - Pola Negri

Drama Actress - Pola Negri

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Pola Negri!
Pola Negri was born on the 3
of January 1894. She died at the age of 93, onthe 1
of August 1987. She was a polish actress who made films portrayingherself as a ‘Vamp’. A Vamp is a woman who entices men and uses them for her own advantages.Pola Negri was a silent film actress and also an early talkie actress. She wasa ‘Vamp’ by reputation, a tragedienne in practice, but an amazingly giftedactress in truth. However, her fame went down hill during the talkie films; asthe audience did not warm to her heavily accented voice, and her Vamp stylefell out of vogue.She was an only child in a poor family. Her mother had to make a living alone,after her father was arrested by the Russians. In 1902, they both moved toWarsaw, where they lived in extreme poverty. This is where her career began.She turned to acting and by the end of World War I she had establishedherself as a popular stage actress in Warsaw, appearing in several films; suchas Slave and Senses in 1914.During her short screen career in Warsaw, she gained much popularity, actingwith various other artist of the time.Career!In 1917, her popularity based in Warsaw, provided her with an opportunity tomove to Berlin, Germany, where she appeared in several film for the directorsof UFA agency. Many of there films were successful throughout the world, andin 1922 both were offered contracts with Hollywood studios.In 1923 - the following year - Pola Negri settled in the U.S Her exotic styleand glamour proved popular during the 1920’s and her affairs with notableactors of the time such as; Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino ensuredthat she stayed in the public-eye.She was one of the most popular Hollywood actresses of that time, andcertainly the richest woman of the movie industry at the time. She lived in apalace in Los Angeles, modelled after theWhite House, with her prince.However, her popularity quickly began to fade.Pola Negri’s ‘Vamp’ style began to go fade out, and the talkie films went downhill with her accented voice. As she put it: "They went from Pola to Polaroid."Also, when the Hayd Code was introduced in 1930, it prevented her fromusing her staging techniques, for which she was so popular in Europe. Theban on "scenes of passion" and "excessive and lustful kissing" provedespecially disastrous to her career in the U.S. as this was how her main actingskills, that had proved popular.In 1928, Negri made her last film for Paramount Picturesentitled
,opposite actor  Norman Kerry. The film was only Negri's second talkie. Her first being 
, which was also released in 1928.
Paramount declined to renew her contract after audiences had supposed tohave difficulty discerning her dialog because of her heavy Polish accent.Negri subsequently leftHollywoodlater that year for Great Britainto make the 1929drama 
, which was also known as
The WomanHe Scorned 
. In 1929, she lost most of her fortune in theWall Street Crash. Soshe returned back to Europe. She made only a few films after 1930, and worked mainly in England andGermany, where she acted in several films for theJoseph Goebbels-controlledUFA.In 1938 she leftGermany, after a fewNaziofficials labelled her as having "partJewish" ancestry. She then moved toFrance. Then in 1941 she sailed to New Yorkand was temporarily detained atEllis Island. After her release, she eventually returned to Hollywood. She briefly appeared in the 1943 film
, even though her career was essentially over.After actressesMae WestandMary Pickforddeclined the role, director Billy Wilder approached Negri to appear as Norma Desmond in the film,
, in 1950. He recalled that Negri "threw a tantrum at the meresuggestion of playing a has-been", and so the role was given to the morerealistic,Gloria Swanson.In 1951, Negri became a naturalized citizenof the United States. Her final film appearance was in the 1964Walt Disneyfilm
, withHayley Mills.The same year she received an honorary award from theGerman film industry for her career work.Negri lived her remaining years inSan Antonio, Texas, with her companion,Texan heiress and composer, Margaret West. Negri maintained her flamboyant persona to the end of her life and was often compared to thecharacter role she had famously turned down:Norma Desmond.
Death!Her death was caused by pneumonia, however she was also suffering from a brain tumour , which she had refused treatment for. Her small obituary in thelocal newspaper read, "she had an international career as a screen and stageactress".She was interred inCalvary Cemetery, East Los Angelesnext to her mother,Eleonora. Since she had no children, she left most of her estate toSt. Mary'sUniversityin Texas, including several rare prints of her films. In addition, agenerous portion of her estate was given to the Polish nuns of theSeraphicOrder ; a large black and white portrait hangs in the small chapel next to

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