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    The Woman from Moscow (Paramount, 1928). Lobby Card (11" X 14").
    One of the most popular and exotic stars of the silent era, Pola Negri was born in Poland and trained as an actor and a dancer in Russia. Following World War I, she teamed with director Ernst Lubitsch for several highly regarded films, and soon found herself in Hollywood, where her vamp character made her the chief rival to popular Theda Bara. Unfortunately, her career was short-lived. In 1926, she made a public spectacle of herself at the funeral of Rudolph Valentino, an unfortunate event that tarnished her image with movie-going audiences. At about the same time, the Hays Office began enforcing strict codes of movie conduct that severely diminished her ability to portray herself as a dark sex symbol. Most damaging to Negri, however, was the coming of sound, as her thick, European accent was utterly unsuited to talking pictures. Abandoning Hollywood, she made a few pictures in Europe, but soon returned to America, where she failed to reignite her career, making only two additional pictures between 1943 and her death in 1987. This beautiful card, however, is from an earlier point in Negri's career, a time in which she still commanded the hearts and minds of movie audiences worldwide. A lovely portrait card, only some very minor corner dings and a very light corner bend in the bottom right keep it from an even higher grade. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more glorious image of this beautiful star, so bid early and often! Near Mint. *****

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