by Mariusz Kotowski
For nearly five decades of the early twentieth century, Pola Negri was one of the most recognizable figures in the world of international entertainment. From her stage and cabaret stardom to her acclaimed work as a film actress, she demonstrated that the extraordinary talent that launched her career was only one of her remarkable gifts. The latest book by Mariusz Kotowski reveals yet another aspect of Negri’s personal life: the unique style of her charismatic writing that can inspire others. The book includes Pola Negri’s novella Life is a Dream in Cinema written in Paris in 1928 as well as many articles authored by Negri for publication worldwide. The many fans and admirers of this great actress will welcome this wonderful collection of stories.
(University Press of Kentucky – 2013) – English
Pola Negri (1897–1987) rose from an impoverished childhood in Warsaw, Poland, to become one of early Hollywood’s greatest stars. After tuberculosis ended her career as a ballerina in 1912, she turned to acting and worked under legendary directors Max Reinhardt and Ernst Lubitsch in Germany. Negri preceded Lubitsch to Hollywood, where she quickly became a fan favorite thanks to her beauty, talent, and diva personality. Known for her alluring sexuality and biting artistic edge, she starred in more than sixty films and defined the image of the cinematic femme fatale.
Author Mariusz Kotowski brings the screen siren’s story to English-speaking audiences for the first time in this fascinating biography. At the height of her fame, Negri often portrayed exotic and mysterious temptresses, headlining in such successes as The Spanish Dancer (1923) and Forbidden Paradise (1924), before returning to Europe in the 1930s. The devastating effects of World War II soon drove her back to the United States, where she starred in Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) and pursued her vaudeville career before retiring from the entertainment industry.
Kotowski also illuminates Negri’s dramatic personal life, detailing her numerous love affairs — including her engagement to Charlie Chaplin and her romance with Rudolph Valentino — as well as her multiple marriages. This long-overdue biography not only paints a detailed portrait of one classic Hollywood’s most intriguing stars and the film industry’s original Jezebel, but also explores the link between Hollywood and European cinema during the interwar years.
Publish Date: April 2014
“By and large, this is a full account of the Negri legend. It’s all here- from the jewels, the husbands, and the misadventures in Nazi Germany to the trumped- up feuds, the adoring fans, and the pet cheetah that, allegedly, was Negri’s companion at home, on the streets, and inside the studios. Kotowski tells the story with finesse.”
– Leonard J. Leff, author of Hemingway and His Conspirators
Pola Negri: Legenda Hollywood
(Proszynski i S-ka – 2011) – Polish
Explore the world of Hollywood’s first exotic European actress imported from Poland during the Silent Film Era in Mariusz Kotowski’s book published by Proszynski Media. Filled with over 60 photographs of a legend’s iconic career on and off screen (available in Polish only).
“Book of The Month” – Biography Category April 2011 from Ksiazki Magazyn Literacki (Books Literary Magazine)
“Book of The Year” – Biography Category 2011 from Ksiazki Magazyn Literacki (Books Literary Magazine)