Olga Baclanova


Actor
Olga Baclanova

About

Also Known As
Baclanova
Birth Place
Russia
Born
August 19, 1899
Died
September 06, 1974

Biography

Olga Baclanova was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. Baclanova found her beginnings in film with roles in "The Docks of New York" (1928), "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) and "The Wolf of Wall Street" (1929). Baclanova began to focus on film after appearing in the Beatrice Lillie comedy "Are You There?" (1930), "Downstairs" (1932) and the horror feature "Freaks" (1932...

Biography

Olga Baclanova was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. Baclanova found her beginnings in film with roles in "The Docks of New York" (1928), "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) and "The Wolf of Wall Street" (1929). Baclanova began to focus on film after appearing in the Beatrice Lillie comedy "Are You There?" (1930), "Downstairs" (1932) and the horror feature "Freaks" (1932) with Wallace Ford. She also appeared in "The Billion Dollar Scandal" (1933). Later in her career, Baclanova acted in "Claudia" (1943). Baclanova passed away in September 1974 at the age of 75.

Life Events

1915

Stage acting debut with Moscow Art Theater

1928

American film acting debut

Videos

Movie Clip

Freaks (1932) - Living Breathing Monstrosities In the sometimes forgotten prologue, the barker (Murray Kinnell) lures spectators, then director Tod Browning introduces Hans and Freida (Harry and Daisy Earles) and the already evil-seeming "Cleopatra" (Olga Balaclova), in the eventually influential box-office flop Freaks, 1932.
Freaks (1932) - Wedding Feast Director Tod Browning's famous scene, "Half Boy" Johnny Eck leading cohorts, mocking Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) at her sham wedding to clueless Hans (Harry Earles), his jilted Daisy (Earles) dejected, her real boyfriend, strong-man Hercules (Henry Victor) being dumb, in Freaks, 1932.
Downstairs (1932) - Complete Satisfaction In a screen story he wrote for himself, John Gilbert (as Austrian chauffeur Karl), arrives and plays the consummate cad, with a maid (Marion Lessing), a bride (Virgina Bruce), a Countess (Hedda Hopper) and a Baroness (Olga Baclanova), opening Downstairs, 1932.
Great Lover, The (1931) - She Needed Plenty Of Soap Opera star Paurel (Adolphe Menjou) returned to New York, encounters his understudy Carlo (Neil Hamilton) then helps the boss Stapleton (Hale Hamilton) trick his moody ex-lover Savarova (Olga Baclanova) into appearing with him in the next production, in The Great Lover, 1931.
Freaks (1932) - Little Black Bottle Hans (Harry Earles) and pals (Johnny Eck, Jerry Austin, Angelo Rossitto) finally catch Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) poisoning him, as her man Hercules (Henry Victor) attacks Venus (Leila Hyams) then is challenged by Phroso (Wallace Ford), but made to pay by the whole crew, in Tod Browning's Freaks, 1932.
Freaks (1932) - We Do It In Every Town Performers Angelo (Rossitto) and Martha Morris chat, Rollo brother (Matt McHugh) visits "torso" Rairdon, Phroso (Wallace Ford) with Schlitze, Zip and Pip, then Koo Koo with Frances O'Connor, and Hans (Harry Earles) trampled by Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova), director Tod Browning exhibiting, in Freaks, 1932.
Freaks (1932) - How Do You Like Them? An early scene at the circus, "Siamese" twins Daisy and Violet (Hilton) with clown Phroso (Wallace Ford), groom Roscoe (Ates), then nasty Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) with thug Hercules (Henry Victor), together abusing half-woman-half-man Josephine Joseph, in Tod Browning's Freaks, 1932.

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