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Anna Sten

Foto: Alexander Binder (1888-1929)

1908 - 1993

The actress Anna Sten was born as Anjuschka Stenski Sudakewitsch in Kiew. She was spotted as an actress in Russia during an amateur performance in 1923. She went to the Moscow Film Academy and acted in first theater plays.
She made her film debut in 1927 and took part in Russian silent movies like "Zluta knizka" (27) and "Moskva v oktyabre" (27).

She went to Germany in 1930 where she was able to work for few years. In this brief time she appeared in well-known movies like "Bomben auf Monte Carlo" (31), "Salto Mortale" (31) and "Der Mörder Dimmitri Karamasoff" (31).
Finally the producer Samuel Goldwyn became aware of the expressive actress and engaged her to the USA in order to create a pendant to Greta Garbo.
After two years of intensive training, both in English language and acting à la Hollywood, her first American movie with the title "Nana" (34) came into being. But the desired success failed to come. Also her next movies "We Live Again" (34) and "The Wedding Night" (35) couldn't come up to the hopes of Samuel Goldwyn and he cancelled her contract.

In the next years Anna Sten appeared in American and English movies. To these productions belong "A Woman Alone" (36), "The Man I Married" (40), "Three Russian Girls" (44), "Runaway Daughters" (56) and "The Nun and the Sergeant" (62).

Other movies with Anna Sten: 
Devushka s korobkoi (27) Moj syn (28) Belyj oryol (28) Zolotoj klyuv (29) Lohnbuchhalter Kremke (30) Stürme der Leidenschaft (32) Exile Express (39) Chetniks (43) So Ends Our Night (41) They Came to Blow Up America (43) Let's Live a Little (48) Soldier of Fortune (55)