Tribute to Pola Negri in Lodz

By FNE Staff

    The Museum of Cinematography in Lodz is hosting an exhibition of posters, photos and other memorabilia of Pola Negri, the Polish-born international star from film's early days. Along with Polish artifacts, the exhibits come from the archives in Germany, France and the United States, where she pursued her career.

    Pola Negri was born Barbara Apolonia Chalupiec in Lipno, Poland, in 1897 and died in 1987. After attending ballet school and drama college in Warsaw, she rose to stardom quickly. She moved to Berlin in 1917 and then settled in the United States. She appeared in 63 films, mostly in Germany and America.

    Pola Negri was the 11th star in Hollywood history to place her hand and foot prints in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.

    The exhibition has been mounted jointly with the Film Archives in Warsaw and the Polish Institute in Dusseldorf, Germany. Later this year, it will travel to Vienna, Berlin, London and Chicago.