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Also Known As: Annel Stenskaja Sudakevich, Anjuschka Stenskaja Sudakevich Died: November 12, 1993
Born: December 3, 1908 Cause of Death: cardiac arrest
Birth Place: Ukraine Profession: actor, painter, waitress

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Radiant, gentle-featured leading actress who, after some success in her native Russia, was signed by producer Samuel Goldwyn, who was determined the turn her into another Garbo or Dietrich in the exotic star sweepstakes. Sten made three interesting starring vehicles for Goldwyn--"Nana" (1934), an adaptation of Zola's famous novel directed by Dorothy Arzner which ran into censorship problems; "We Live Again" (1934), based on a Tolstoy story and setting her and Fredric March in pre-Revolutionary Russia; and "The Wedding Night" (1934), a poignant love story helmed by King Vidor pairing Sten with Gary Cooper. Her face rounder than Garbo's or Dietrich's more severely sculptured looks, Sten was undeniably lovely, though Goldwyn tried to play things both ways by touting her as exotic and glamorous on the one hand and having her play sweet peasants on the other. Her three vehicles were actually pretty fair as films and she proved herself a good actress, her performances improving with each film, but their downbeat stories and Goldwyn's rather too determined push failed to sell Sten to the public. In later years Sten would unfortunately come to be known as "Goldwyn's Folly" and would retain her fascination...

Radiant, gentle-featured leading actress who, after some success in her native Russia, was signed by producer Samuel Goldwyn, who was determined the turn her into another Garbo or Dietrich in the exotic star sweepstakes.

Sten made three interesting starring vehicles for Goldwyn--"Nana" (1934), an adaptation of Zola's famous novel directed by Dorothy Arzner which ran into censorship problems; "We Live Again" (1934), based on a Tolstoy story and setting her and Fredric March in pre-Revolutionary Russia; and "The Wedding Night" (1934), a poignant love story helmed by King Vidor pairing Sten with Gary Cooper. Her face rounder than Garbo's or Dietrich's more severely sculptured looks, Sten was undeniably lovely, though Goldwyn tried to play things both ways by touting her as exotic and glamorous on the one hand and having her play sweet peasants on the other. Her three vehicles were actually pretty fair as films and she proved herself a good actress, her performances improving with each film, but their downbeat stories and Goldwyn's rather too determined push failed to sell Sten to the public.

In later years Sten would unfortunately come to be known as "Goldwyn's Folly" and would retain her fascination largely as a footnote in film history. To her credit, though, Sten continued to perform well if intermittently in a dozen films over the next three decades, and she also enjoyed success upon the stage.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Runaway Daughters (1956) Ruth Barton
3.
 Soldier of Fortune (1955) Madame Dupree
4.
 Let's Live a Little (1948) Michele Bennett
5.
 Three Russian Girls (1944) Natasha
6.
 They Came to Blow Up America (1943) Frau Reiker
7.
 Chetniks! (1943) Lubitca Mihailovitch
8.
 So Ends Our Night (1941) Lilo
9.
 The Man I Married (1940) Freda Heinkel
10.
 Exile Express (1939) Nadine Nikolas
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1927:
Received praise for her work in the Soviet comedy, "The Girl with the Hatbox"
:
Worked successfully in a number of films in pre-Hitler Germany in the early 1930s after her success in the Soviet Union
1933:
Signed by producer Samuel Goldwyn (date approximate)
1934:
American film debut, "Nana", directed by Dorothy Arzner and based on the Emile Zola novel
1935:
Made last of three starring vehicles for Goldwyn, "The Wedding Night"
1962:
Played last major film role in "The Nun and the Sergeant"
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Education

Moscow Art Theater: -

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husband:
Fedor Ozep. Director. Ended in divorce; later co-directed Sten in "Three Russian Girls" (1943).
husband:
Eugene Frenke. Producer, director. Married in the 1930s; died c. 1988.

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