Olga Petrova was a film and Broadway actress who held audiences and critics spellbound with her voice and precision. She later became a successful playwright.
Petrova began her career in vaudeville before moving to film. She worked for Solax studios and Metro Pictures, starring in films such as "The Heart of a Painted Woman" in 1915, "Bridges Burned" in 1917 and "Daughter of Destiny" in 1918.
After seven years in film she returned to the stage. She amazed a critic from the Los Angeles Times with her performances throughout 1920.
"Petrova is as slenderly statuesque as ever, with that mop of glorious bronze hair framing her expressively lovely face, and as ever she knows the value of every tiniest move, every shade of expression, every pose," the critic wrote. "The result is entirely charming."
In 1923, she wrote and starred in the play "Hurricane," which became a huge success in New York. The play was staged in Los Angeles and enjoyed similar success in 1925.
Born in 1884 in England, Petrova held many professions throughout her life: newspaperwoman, stenographer, fiction writer, singer and actress. In 1942, she published an autobiography entitled "Butter With My Bread."
She died in 1977 in Clearwater, Fla., at the age of 93.