Pola Negri

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Movie Actress
Date of Birth January 3, 1897
Place of Birth Lipno, Poland
Date of Death Aug 1, 1987 (90)
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Pola Negri

Pola Negri was a Polish stage and film actress and singer who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles. Raised in the Congress Kingdom of Poland, Negri's childhood was marked by several personal hardships: After her father was sent to Siberia, she was raised by her single mother in poverty, and suffered tuberculosis as a teenager. Negri recovered, and went on to study ballet and acting in Warsaw, becoming a well-known stage actress there. In 1917, she relocated to Germany, where she began appearing in silent films for the Berlin-based UFA studio. Her film performances for UFA came to the attention of Hollywood executives at Paramount Pictures, who offered her a film contract. Negri signed with Paramount in 1922, making her the first European actress in history to be contracted in Hollywood.

Born: Apolonia Chałupec, January 3, 1897, Lipno, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire
Died: August 1, 1987, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Resting place: Calvary Cemetery (Los Angeles), California, U.S.
Nationality: Polish
Occupation: Film actress (silent and sound film), Theatre actress, singer
Years active: 1914–1964
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About Pola Negri

As one of the most popular stars of the silent film era, she worked in many of director Ernst Lubitsch films.

Before Fame

After a bout of tuberculosis slaughtered her dreams of singing, she turned to acting, becoming a renowned star in her native Poland.


After the 1919 film Made Du Berry made its way to the United States, she was signed to Hollywood, appearing in silent films like The Spanish Dancer, Bella Donna and The Cheat.

Family Life

She was born Barbara Apollina Chalupiec in Poland, which at the time was a part of Imperial Russia. She lived a life of poverty after her father was arrested by the Russian authorities.


She had high-profile love affairs with Charlie Chaplin and actor Rudolph Valentino.

Information related to Pola Negri

  • Polish silent film actresses
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  • 20th-century Polish actresses
  • Paramount Pictures contract players
  • Polish female singers
  • Polish film actresses
  • Polish Roman Catholics
  • Polish emigrants to the United States
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