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Birth Name: Pola Negri
Born: 12/31/1894
Death Place: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Died: 08/01/1987

Born Barbara Appolonia Chalupiec in Janowa, Prussia, Negri was raised an only child by her father, Jerzy, an immigrant tinsmith, and her mother, Eleanora. As a child, her father was arrested for subversive political activities and sent to Siberia, forcing her mother to move to Warsaw, Poland where Negri grew up extremely poor. Luckily, she displayed dance talent and was accepted into the city's Imperial Ballet School where she studied dance. Negri made her debut in the chorus of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and soon advanced to solo ballerina, before a bout with tuberculosis ended her dance career. Following her recovery at a sanatorium, Negri enrolled at the Imperial Academy of Dramatic Arts a... Continue Bio >>


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