1894 - 1987
The actress Pola Negri was born as Barbara Apolonia Chalupec in Lipno, Poland.
In 1902 she attended a ballet school but was later impeded in dancing because of an illness. Therefore she adopted a different method and attended a theater school in Warsaw in order to become an actress.
She made her debut at the theater in 1912 and got soon first leading roles.
For the film she made her debut two years later with "Niewolnica zmyslow - Liebe und Leidenschaft" and already personified the type vamp with which she should become famous.
After some more Polish film productions she went to Germany in 1917 where she achieved first glorious triumphes. Sie appeared among others in the movies "Die Augen der Mumie Ma" (18), "Carmen" (18), "Vendetta" (19), "Madame Dubarry" (19), "Sumurun" (20) and "Die Bergkatze" (21). The movies made one of the greatest stars of Pola Negri und she soon belonged together with Henny Porten and Asta Nielsen to the triumvirate of German artists.
The movie "Madame Dubarry" was also a great success in the USA and Adolph
Zukor obligated her for Paramount.
To her further movies in the USA belong "Shadows of Paris - Schatten von Paris" (24), "East of Suez - Opfer des Blutes" (25), "Flower of Night - Die Königin der Nacht" (25), "Good and Naughty - Wie werde ich meine Frau los?" (26), "The Secret Hour - Die geheime Stunde" (28) and "The Woman He Scorned - Die Strasse der verlorenen Seelen" (29).
Beside it she made the headlines with her numerous affairs.
Scandals in the 20's were absolute career killers, also Pola Negri's popularity sunk continously, moreover her Polish accent was a problem for the arising sound film.
Pola Negri went back to Europe and played in France and England for the time being. Only in 1935 she as successful again in Germany with "Mazurka" (35) and she was able to take part in the movies "Madame Bovary" (37), "Tango Notturno" (37) and "Die Nacht der Entscheidung" (38) in the following years.
At the beginning of the war she stood in France, later she went back
to the USA via Portugal where she appeared once more in a film called "Hi
Diddle Diddle" (43).
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Visit also the Pola-Negri-Site.