|THE INTERNATIONAL SILENT MOVIE|
1899 - 1928
The actress Valentina Zimina had an unusual but also hard lifecourse which is not common for an actress.
She was born in Russia as the daughter of a famous stage actress.
During the Russian revolution in 1917 she lost her whole family who were murdered.
She herself served for a Bataillon for Women in Russia for three years which was known under the name "Women's Bataillon of Death".
Finally she got in imprisonment and was brought to Sibira. There she was able to flee and came via Asia to the USA and finally to Hollywood.
This could have been the happy end of a till then fateful live but the drama did not reach its end so far.
Valentina Zimina was able to gain a foothold in the film business in 1925 and she made her film debut in the role of Dolores for "A Son of His Father" (25) at Bessie Love's and Warner Baxter's side. The director was Victor Fleming.
In the next years she asserted herself in Hollywood and took part in other silent movies like "La Bohème" (26) directed by King Vidor with Lillian Gish, John Gilbert and Renée Adorée, "Rose of the Tenements" (26) impersonating the role of Emma Goldstein, "Many Scrappy Returns" (27) - a short movie with Charley Chase and Eugene Pallette and "The Woman on Trial" (27) directed by Regisseur Mauritz Stiller with Pola Negri and Einar Hanson.
Her last movie was "The Scarlet Lady" (28) where she ironcally played
a Russian revolutionist.
Superstitous contemporaries could adjudge the movie "The Scarlet Lady"
(28) an ominous aura because not only Valentina Zimina but also some other
involved persons died prematurely in the next ten years.