Olga Baclanova
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Olga Baclanova
*August 19, 1896 Moscow, Russia
as Olga Vladimirovna Baklanova
September 6, 1974 Vevey, Switzerland

Russian actress, who achieved prominence during the silent film era.

Films

1943

Claudia

1933

Billion Dollar Scandal

1932

Freaks
Downstairs

1930

Are You There?
Cheer Up and Smile

1929

The Wolf of Wall Street
A Dangerous Woman
The Man I Love

1928

Three Sinners
The Woman Disputed
The Man who Laughs
Street of Sin
The Docks of New York
Forgotten Faces
Avalanche

1927

The Dove


Imdb: 0045754

Biography
Olga Baclanova was born in Moscow in 1896 as the daughter of an actress in early Russian films. At the age of 16 she made her debut on stage and at 18 she starred for the first time in a movie. The Russian Revolution ended her short film career and the returned to the stage.

In 1923 she toured the United States with the Moscow Art Theatre. Baclanova decided to stay and in the late 20's she became a star in Hollywood mostly casted as an exotic woman. The transition to talking pictures was difficult for Baclanova because of her heavy Russian accent. She only occured in supporting parts, but played one final leading role in Freaks in 1932. The film was no success at that time and her film career was over.

Again Baclanova returned to the stage and even became her own radio show. After her retirement, she moved to Switzerland where she died in Vervey in 1974.
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Books with substantial mentioning of Olga Baclanova
Gary J. Svehla and Susan Svehla (editors)
Hollywood's Classic Scream Queens, 1930s
, 2000

Gregory William Mank
Women in Horror Films, 1930s
Jefferson, North Carolina, and London, 1999

John Kobal
People Will Talk
New York, 1985

Calvin Thomas Beck with Robert Stewart Associate Editor
Scream Queens
New York - London, 1978
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