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By Beth Holmgren

In 1876, Poland's prime actress, Helena Modrzejewska, observed through friends and family, emigrated to southern California to set up a utopian commune that quickly failed. inside a yr Modrzejewska made her debut within the identify position of Adrienne Lecouvreur at San Francisco's California Theatre. She replaced her identify to Modjeska and fast turned a number one megastar at the American degree, the place she reigned for the subsequent 30 years. in this time, she verified herself as America's such a lot esteemed Shakespearean actress, taking part in contrary such celebrated actors as Edwin sales space and Maurice Barrymore. Starring Madame Modjeska lines Modjeska's fantastic lifestyles and occupation from her illegitimate delivery in Krakow, to her successive reinventions of herself as a celebrity in either Poland and the US, and eventually to her enduring legacy.

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