Helena Modjeska

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Date of Birth October 12, 1840
Place of Birth Poland
Date of Death Apr 8, 1909 (68)
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Helena Modjeska

Helena Modrzejewska, known professionally as Helena Modjeska, was a renowned Polish actress who specialized in Shakespearean and tragic roles.

Born: Jadwiga Benda, (baptized Helena Opid), October 12, 1840, Free City of Kraków
Died: April 08, 1909, Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Children: 2, including Ralph Modjeski
Relatives: Władysław T. Benda (nephew)
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About Helena Modjeska

Remembered for her acclaimed work in theatrical productions of Shakespeare's Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, and Hamlet; Ibsen's A Doll's House; and Schiller's Maria Stuart, this late nineteenth-century stage actress performed for many years at the Polish National Theatre and later appeared at San Francisco's California Theatre.

Helena Modjeska Before Fame

Early in her career, she performed the role of Skierka in a play titled Balladyna.

Achievement of Helena Modjeska

Her memoir Memories and Impressions of Helena Modjeska was published in the year after her death.

Helena Modjeska Family Life

Her marriages to Gustav Modrzejewski and Count Karol Bozenta Chlapowski both ended in divorce. Her first marriage produced a son, Rudolf (Ralph) Modrzejewski, who became a prominent civil engineer.

Associations of Helena Modjeska

Novelist Susan Sontag's acclaimed 1999 work In America is loosely based on Modjeska's life.

Information related to Helena Modjeska

  • Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theater in Kraków - The Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theater in Kraków is one of the oldest public stages in Poland and a national institution of culture, first opened in 1781. It was named after renowned Shakespearean actress Helena Modrzejewska.
  • Starring Madame Modjeska - Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America is a 2011 biography by Beth Holmgren about the Polish actress Helena Modjeska.From a young age, Modjeska's interest in performing was shaped by her brothers and by a tutor who introduced the family to the works of great writers.
  • 19th-century Polish actresses
  • Actors from Orange County, California
  • Actresses from Kraków
  • History of Orange County, California
  • Burials at Rakowicki Cemetery
  • Polish stage actresses
  • 19th-century American actresses
  • Polish emigrants to the United States
Latest information about Helena Modjeska updated on April 18, 2021.

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