Polish actress, who become a star not in Poland but in Germany and than in USA. She was considered as sex symbol and she had romances with Rudolph Valentino and with Charlie Chaplin - Pola Negri.
Pola Negri was born in 1897 in small town Lipino somewhere in Poland. She died in San Antonio almost 90 years later. It was close that Pola Negri (real name: Barbara Apolonia Chałupiec) would never become a star - during I World War she was fighting with very dangerous and advance tuberculosis.
Pola Negri made her debut in 1914 in "Slave of the Senses" (pol "Niewolnica Zmysłów") silent movie (Polish production). Three years later she went to Berlin, where she worked with such directors as Max Reinhardt or Ernst Lybitsch and participated in "The Eyes of the Mummy", "Carmen", "Madame du Barry".
Pola career in USA started in 1923 when she arrived to Hollywood and appeared in the movies: 'Forbidden paradise", "Spain dancer", Imperial Hotel" and many more. This was the moment of career, which made her famous and even symbol of sex. It was many rumors about Pola romances. Most known affairs were those with Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino - it was even said, that Negri use Valentino's funeral in 1926 for self-advertisement.
Pola Negri problems started when silent movie was replaced by the one with sounds. Her voice wasn't pretty-was very low and full of Polish accent. For this reason Pola moved again to the Germany, but there, she was accused by the Nazis to be Jews and her career was over.
Pola Negri sing in German
Luckily from accusations of Jewish origins she was freed by Adolf Hitler - who was an admirer of her talent. Thus, she appeared in several famous movies as "Moscow-Szanghaj", "Madame Bovary", Tango Nocturno". Before the II World War, she once again moved to USA where she lived to rest of her life.
What is strange, Polish National Movie Library owns only 4 of the movies with Pola Negri!! This is why, every time Poland want to play movie with Pola, the movies have to be borrowed from foreigns institutions.
Fragment of silent movie with Pola Negri