Silent Film Star Lived Last Years in San Antonio Seclusion

The December 30, 1922 cover of “Movie Week” magazine asked the question “Will Pola and Charlie Be Happy?”  Pola was Polish actress Pola Negri and Charlie was, of course, superstar Charlie Chaplin, her latest lover.

Pola Negri made such an over-the-top fool of herself at Rudolph Valentino’s funeral in 1926 that her popularity plummeted and her career suffered.  Like many stars of the silent era, she did not make a successful transition to talkies.  Negri lived her last 30 years in seclusion with a rich Texas benefactoress and died in San Antonio at age 90 in 1987.

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