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Also Known As: Died: July 13, 2045
Born: June 4, 1879 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Russia Profession: Cast ...
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1886:
Sent to live with a family in Switzerland when parents separated
1889:
Adopted stage name when she began performing the violin in public; father had forbidden her to use the family name
1896:
Moved to Moscow to study acting
1898:
Was apprentice actor in Stanislavsky's Moscow Art Theatre
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Worked in stock productions throughout Russia
1901:
Joined first of three acting companies formed by Pavel Orlenev
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Became established in Europe as a stage actress
1905:
Immigrated to USA
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Made NYC debut with Orlenev's company
1906:
Left Orlenev and signed contract with Lee Shubert to play "Hedda Gabler"
1916:
Film debut, "War Brides", recreating her stage role
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Signed with Metro, starting at salary of $13,000 a week
1921:
Opened her estate (purchased in 1918) as a hotel, called The Garden of Allah; demolished 1959
1921:
Starred in silent version of "Camille"
1922:
Recreated her acclaimed stage performance as Nora in the silent "A Doll's House"
1922:
Signed with United Artists
1922:
Made most famous film, "Salome," a finanical disaster
1925:
Made last silent film, "The Redeeming Sin", before returning to the theater
1927:
Became American citizen
1928:
Joined Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre; won acclaim for protraying Raynevskaya in "The Cherry Orchard"
1931:
Originated role of Christine Mannon in Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra"
1932:
Created role of O-Lan in stage adaptation of "THe Good Earth"
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Had major stage success in Ibsen's "Ghosts"
1936:
Underwent mastectomy
1939:
Final Broadway appearance, "The Mother", co-starring Montgomery Clift
1940:
Made first talking film, "Escape"
1944:
Final film, "Since You Went Away"
1977:
Portrayed by Leslie Caron in Ken Russell's biopic "Valentino"

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