Pola Negri

Pola Negri
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Pola Negri
Film: North side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Apolonia Chalupiec on Jan. 3, 1897 in Lipno, Poland
Died Aug. 1, 1987 of pneumonia in San Antonio, TX

In 1923, Pola Negri, who was born in Poland, made her first U.S. movie, "Bella Donna." Between 1923 and 1928, Negri made 20 films for Paramount. Only one, "Forbidden Paradise," was directed by her mentor Ernst Lubitsch.

Negri had high-profile romances with some of the biggest stars of her day, including an engagement to Charlie Chaplin and a love affair with Rudolph Valentino. At Valentino's funeral on Sept. 8, 1926, The Times reported that Negri "went to the casket moaning in grief and at times sobbing loudly. She lifted the old rose pall and her flowers upon it and kissed the coffin fervidly and many times. She collapsed. Friends lifted her to a divan, where she recovered shortly."

— Los Angeles Times

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