Pola Negri Overview:

Legendary actress, Pola Negri, was born Barbara Apolonia Chalupiec on Jan 3, 1897 in Lipno, Poland. Negri died at the age of 90 on Aug 1, 1987 in San Antonio, TX and was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Dark-haired Polish actress who came to Hollywood in 1922, and became on of its most flamboyant but likeable stars. Paraded down Sunset Boulevard with a tiger on a leash, enjoyed tempestuous affairs with Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino among others, and played vamps wholeheartedly. An unwitting Mae West of the silent screen. Died from pneumonia.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Pola Negri's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #11 on Apr 2, 1928. Negri was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars ? The Sensational

By Lea Stans on May 18, 2023 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars ? The Sensational We?re all familiar with the stereotype of the flamboyant silent film actress: the lavishly-dressed temptress being chauffeured around Hollywood in gold-plated automobiles, stalking through the most exclusive parties, leaving a tra... Read full article

Silent Movie Rule #3: Never ask to see ’s tattoo

By Fritzi Kramer on Sep 15, 2014 From Movies Silently

By Fritzi Kramer on September 15, 2014 in Blog, Humor, Silent Movie Rules Asking countesses (particularly if they are played by ) to see their tattoo is never a good idea. First of all, Pola is perfectly capable of walloping you. Second, it’s none of your darn business. (If you are w... Read full article

: Hollywood’s First Femme Fatale

on May 26, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

was an actress who lifted herself up by her bootstraps, away from a world of poverty in Warsaw. ?Along the way, she became identified with the excesses of Hollywood in the silent era, a moniker that’s stuck with her into today’s day and age. ?If you’re looking for eviden... Read full article

Silent Stars Sing: sings Tango Notturno

By Movies, Silently on Mar 22, 2013 From Movies Silently

Click on the player to hear sing the title song of the 1937 film Tango Notturno. Download: PolaNegriRudolphValentino-TangoNotturno.mp3 Popular Tags1920 1921 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 About Silent Movies Action Adventure Actor Article Biography Book Cecil B ... Read full article

Silent Movie Star Mini Biography:

By Movies, Silently on Mar 4, 2013 From Movies Silently

Still causing controversy after all these years… (1897-1987) Country of birth: Poland Birth name:?Barbara Apolonia Chalupiec The basics: Raised in poverty, was a trained ballerina whose dancing career was ended by tuberculosis. Negri tried her hand at acting, made her fil... Read full article

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Pola Negri Quotes:

Stratos: They cannot have lied. The stars cannot lie...
Madame Habib: Everybody lies when it serves their purpose, even the stars

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After Pola Negri began working in the United States, she began making headlines and gossip columns with a string of celebrity love affairs with stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Rod La Rocque, and Rudolph Valentino. Negri had met Chaplin while in Germany, and what began as a platonic relationship there became a well-publicized affair and marriage speculation which received the headline, "The Queen of Tragedy To Wed The King of Comedy". The relationship soured, and Negri became involved for a time with actor Rod La Rocque, who also appeared opposite her in Forbidden Paradise (1924). Negri then met Rudolph Valentino at a costume party held by Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst at the San Simeon estate, and was Valentino's lover until his death in 1926.

Around the time of her death, she was suffering from a brain tumor (unclear if malignant or otherwise) for which she refused treatment.

Sister-in-law of actress Mae Murray and socialite Barbara Hutton.

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