Pola Negri

Actress + Author + Singer
Born Dec 31, 1899
Hometown Congress Poland
Died Aug 1, 1987
Death Place United States
Religion Polish Catholic
Height 5' (152 cm)
Nationality Polish

Pola Negri was a Polish stage and film actress who achieved worldwide fame for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles from the 1910s through the 1940s during the Golden Era of Hollywood film. She was the first European film star to be invited to Hollywood, and became a great American star. She also started several important women's fashion trends.… Read More

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1897 Birth Born on December 31, 1897.


1912 14 Years Old She made her theatrical debut before her graduation at The Small Theatre in Warsaw on October 2, 1912. … Read More
1914 16 Years Old 1 More Event
She graduated in 1914. … Read More
1917 19 Years Old In 1917, Negri's popularity provided her with an opportunity to move to Berlin, Germany, to appear as the dancing girl in a German revival of Max Reinhardt's theatre production of Sumurun. … Read More


1918 20 Years Old In 1918, Lubitsch convinced UFA to let him create a large-scale film with Negri as the main character. … Read More
1919 21 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Paramount Pictures mogul Jesse Lasky saw the premiere of Madame DuBarry in Berlin in 1919, and Paramount invited Negri to come to Hollywood in 1921.
1922 24 Years Old 1 More Event
She signed a contract with Paramount and arrived in New York in a flurry of publicity on September 12, 1922. … Read More
1925 27 Years Old …  By 1925, Negri's on-screen continental opulence was starting to wear thin with some segments of the American audience, a situation which was parodied in the Mal St. Clair-directed comedy A Woman of the World (1925), which Negri starred in. … Read More


1928 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1928, Negri made her last film for Paramount Pictures, The Woman From Moscow, opposite actor Norman Kerry. … Read More
1929 31 Years Old The resulting film, The Way Of Lost Souls (also known as The Woman He Scorned), was released in 1929; it would be Negri's final silent film.
1931 33 Years Old Negri returned to Hollywood in 1931 to begin filming her first talking film, A Woman Commands (1932). … Read More
1932 34 Years Old While residing at the Ambassador Hotel in New York in April 1932, Negri was romantically involved with Russ Columbo and performed with him in the George Jessel Variety Revue at The Schubert Theatre. … Read More


1943 45 Years Old Negri was hired in a supporting role as the temperamental opera singer Genya Smetana for the 1943 comedy Hi Diddle Diddle. … Read More
1944 46 Years Old In 1944, Negri was engaged by booking agent Miles Ingalls for a nationwide vaudeville tour.
1945 47 Years Old According to her autobiography, she also appeared in a Boston supper club engagement in 1945 for a repertoire centered around the song "Paradise", and soon after decided to retire from the entertainment business altogether.


1948 50 Years Old In 1948, director Billy Wilder approached Negri to appear as Norma Desmond in the film Sunset Boulevard (1950), after Mae Murray, Mae West, and Mary Pickford declined the role. … Read More


1964 66 Years Old In 1964, Negri received an honorary award from the German film industry for her film work, followed by a Hemis-Film award in San Antonio in 1968.
1970 72 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1970 she published her autobiography, Memoirs of a Star, which was published by Doubleday.
1972 74 Years Old Negri was also guest of honor at a 1972 screening of Carmen held at the Witte Museum in San Antonio.
1975 77 Years Old In 1975, director Vincente Minnelli approached Negri to appear as the Contessa Sanziani in his film A Matter of Time, but Negri was unable to accept the part due to poor health. … Read More
1978 80 Years Old In 1978, Billy Wilder directed the film Fedora; although Negri does not appear in the film, the title character is based largely on her.
1980 82 Years Old Negri's final high-profile coverage in her lifetime was for a "Where Are They Now?" feature on silent film stars, which appeared in Life magazine in 1980.
1987 90 Years Old Pola Negri died on 1 August 1987, at the age of 89. … Read More
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