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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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

and Rudolph Valentino: Birds of Paradise in Love

By FlickChick on Jun 18, 2011 From A Person in the Dark

& Rudolph Valentino by Federico Beltr?n Masses Should two of the silent era's most glamorous, exotic stars have had a dignified, low-profile romance? Back in the day, running almost parallel with Garbo and Gilbert (called Gilbo or Garbert by the press -and we thought we were so witty ... 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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On her deathbed in 1987, the 90-year-old Negri was being attended by a handsome young doctor who looked at her chart, and failed to respond immediately to seeing her name. In her best Norma Desmond mode, she reportedly pulled herself up into a "movie star" pose and asked, "You don't know who I am?!?!?".

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

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986- 1990, pages 652-654. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

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