Sunday, May 28, 2006

Olga Baclanova: The Ultimate Cinemantrap

Olga Baclanova: Paramount Publicity Portraits, 1928-1929 Olga Baclanova: Paramount Publicity Portraits, 1928-1929. From Olga Baclanova: The Ultimate Cinemantrap. "...They called her the Russian Tigress. Olga Baclanova, sultry Russian actress of stage and film, is best known today for her film appearances as Cleopatra, the evil trapeze artist, in the legendary cult film Freaks (1932), and as the seductive Duchess Josiana in the influential Universal silent The Man Who Laughs (1928). Olga's career began with a meteoric rise as a student actress in Russia’s Moscow Art Theatre in the 1910’s, followed by an ascension to the pinnacle of success under the Soviet regime. In 1925, her life was forever changed when she toured America and chose to stay, leaving an increasingly oppressive homeland behind for a gamble at success in America, knowing she would never see her family or homeland again. After performing in the stage spectacle The Miracle, Hollywood began to notice and offer her strong supporting roles in late silents such as The Man Who Laughs and The Docks of New York (1928).


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