Helena Modjeska

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Birthday
12, 1840
Birthplace
Poland
Death Date
Apr 8, 1909 (68)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
12, 1840
Birthplace
Poland
Death Date
Apr 8, 1909 (68)

About

Remembered for her acclaimed work in theatrical productions of Shakespeare's Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, and Hamlet; Ibsen's A Doll's House; and Schiller's Maria Stuart, this late nineteenth-century stage actress performed for many years at the Polish National Theatre and later appeared at San Francisco's California Theatre.

Before Fame

Early in her career, she performed the role of Skierka in a play titled Balladyna.

Trivia

Her memoir Memories and Impressions of Helena Modjeska was published in the year after her death.

Family Life

Her marriages to Gustav Modrzejewski and Count Karol Bozenta Chlapowski both ended in divorce. Her first marriage produced a son, Rudolf (Ralph) Modrzejewski, who became a prominent civil engineer.

Associated With

Novelist Susan Sontag's acclaimed 1999 work In America is loosely based on Modjeska's life.