1920s Pola Negri ~ Vaudeville Actress Original Wire Photo ~ Excellent Condition.
Born to a poor family in Poland on January 3, 1897, Barbara Apolonia Chalupiec would later become Pola Negri. She was a film actress, achieving worldwide fame as a femme fatale in silent films between the 1910s-1930s. During the 1920s, her exotic style of glamour proved popular with audiences and her love affairs with famous actors, including Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino, kept her in the public eye.
Although Ms. Negri never had children, she lived an eventful and often chaotic life, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1951. She was quoted in a 1973 interview, "Speaking of the 20s and 30s, that was the most extravagant and glamorous era of the film industry. There was hard work and longer hours than at present, but there was dignity, class and great style."
On August 1, 1987, Ms. Negri passed away at the age of 90 from pneumonia (and was also suffering from an untreated brain tumor). She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Motion Pictures; and was the 11th star in Hollywood history to place her hand/foot prints in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. In 2006, a feature-length biographical documentary, "Pola Negri: Life is a Dream in Cinema," was created.
This is a type I (original) wire photograph measuring 9" high x 7" wide. The United Press International stamp and "Pola Negri" is written on the back. This is part of a collection from a former United Press employee (in Tribune Towers) before this collection was moved to New York.
The photo is in superb condition without tears, rips or stains. Ms. Negri's glamorous turban and profile are fine examples of the "Roaring Twenties." So much history and so divine....this is a splendid addition to your vintage photo collection.
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