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Pola Negri

Pola NegriAKA Barbara Apolonia Chalupec

Born: 31-Dec-1894
Birthplace: Lipno, Poland
Died: 1-Aug-1987
Location of death: San Antonio, TX
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Matter of Dispute
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Sultry silent film diva

Many birthdays exist for Pola, but records in Poland indicate 1894, not the oft-quoted 1897 or her claimed 1899 ("last day of the century.") Hitler was a big fan, and Pola traveled to Germany in the 1930's to work after American work dried up for her. Banned from filmmaking by Goebbels for "potential Jewish ancestry", a ban that Hitler personally withdrew. Left Germany after the outbreak of war, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1951. A multiply-ghostwritten biography, Memoirs of a Star, was published by Doubleday in 1970.

Husband: Prince Serge Mdivani (m. 1929, div.)
Boyfriend: Charlie Chaplin
Boyfriend: Rudolph Valentino (dated 1925-26)
Girlfriend: Margaret West (rumored, d. 1963)
Boyfriend: Milton Berle (according to Berle on Larry King Live)
Mother: Eleonora
Slept with: George Jessel

    University: Imperial Academy of Dramatic Arts, Warsaw, Poland

    Traveled to Nazi Germany
    Naturalized US Citizen 12-Jan-1951
    Fainted at Rudolph Valentino's funeral
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6933 Hollywood Blvd
    Polish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Depression, Tuberculosis

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Moon-Spinners (2-Jul-1964)
    Hotel Imperial (1-Jan-1927)
    The Wildcat (14-Apr-1921)
    The Eyes of the Mummy (3-Oct-1918)

Author of books:
Memoirs of a Star (1970, memoir)


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