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Anna Sten(1908-1993):Born in Russia she studied at the Russian Film Academy and joined the Moscow Art Theater.Strikingly beautiful,she went on to appear in a number of Russian silent films,but it was in a German film (1931)that Anna gained notice. Samuel Goldwyn saw a picture of Anna in the paper and rushed to view the film.His agent did sign Anna to a contract but forgot to mention the fact that Anna didn't speak a word of English,which made her appearance in sound pictures questionable.She spent a year studying English every day and working out makeup and acting.Her first picture, Nana(1934)didn't bring audiences into the theaters.While she was looked great,the script and picture were average.Her 2nd film marginally better suited to her style, also died within weeks at the box office.After her 3rd film for Goldwyn (1935),also flopped.She made a few more movies, but by the end of the decade she was forgotten.


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So, so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the information...sad she didn't make it.

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#1 Mon November 19, 2012 07:41


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Thank you for your kindness. This actress was not lucky. Personally, I think while Anna's performances were solid, the films themselves weren't exceptional, and American audiences were growing tired of European stars being transported to Hollywood. Anna had to walk in the footsteps Garbo and Dietrich, which probably didn't help matters either. Goldwyn's tutoring of Anna is mentioned in Cole Porter's 1934 song "Anything Goes" from the musical of the same name: "If Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction / Instruct Anna Sten in diction / Then Anna shows / Anything goes."Rather that retreat back to Germany or Russia, probably impossible at the time anyway, Anna continued to work in Hollywood. In the 1940's she worked with Fox and Universal in films including The Man I Married (1940), So Ends Our Night (1941), again opposite Fredric March, They Came to Blow Up America (1943) with George Sanders, Three Russian Girls (1943), and Let's Live a Little (194. In the 1950's she appeared in one film and had several television appearances. Her final film role was in The Nun and the Sergeant (1962).

Thank you and super big hugs Rose-Marie (Sacha0606) - Belgium
#2 Mon November 19, 2012 14:17

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