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First Name
Anna

Last Name
Sten

Birthday
1908-12-03

Build
Slim

Hair Color
Blonde

Birthplace
Kiev, Ukraine, Russia

Zodiac Sign
Sagittarius

Died
1993-11-12

Place of Death
New York, New York, USA

Ethnicity
White

Claim to Fame
The Wedding Night

Nationality
Russian

Gender
Female

Profile Bio Text
Anna Petrofna Fesak (often confused with another Russian actress Anel Sudakevich) was born December 3, 1908. Anna`s father was a Russian ballet master who died when she was 12. Anna herself worked as a waitress until she was discovered at the age of 15 while acting in an amateur play in Kiev. Her discoverer was the influential Russian stage director and instructor Konstantin Stanislavsky, who arranged for her to get an audition at the Moscow Film Academy. She acted in plays and films in Russia (including Boris Barnet`s 1927 comedy The Girl with a Hatbox), then traveled to Germany to appear in films co-produced by German and Russian studios, international productions common in the years prior to World War II. Making a smooth transition to talking pictures, Anna appeared in such German films as Trapeze (1931) and The Brothers Karamazov (1931) until she came to the attention of American movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn. Goldwyn was looking for a foreign-born actress that he could build up as the rival of, and possible successor to, Greta Garbo. For two years after bringing Sten to America, Goldwyn had his new star tutored in English and taught Hollywood screen acting methods. He poured a great deal of time and money into Sten`s first American film, Nana, a somewhat homogenized version of Émile Zola`s scandalous nineteenth century novel. But the film was not successful at the box office, nor were her two subsequent Goldwyn films, We Live Again (1934) and The Wedding Night (1935), playing opposite Gary Cooper. Reluctantly, Goldwyn dissolved his contract with his "new Garbo." Speculation in recent years that Sten`s failure to connect with American movie fans was due to a lack of talent is incorrect. Anna Sten could act quite well, but audiences were resistant to her Hollywood-fabricated "exotic" image and Goldwyn`s overenthusiastic publicity campaign. Goldwyn`s tutoring of Sten gets a mention in Cole Porter`s 1934 song "Anything Goes" from the musical of the same name: "If Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction / Instruct Anna Sten in diction / Then Anna shows / Anything goes." Sten continued making films in the United States and England, but none of them were remarkable, and a few of them - notably a late 1950s "juvenile delinquent" epic produced at cellar-dwelling American International Pictures - were downright horrible. Happily, Sten did not have to rely on acting to support her comfortable lifestyle. She was married to film producer Eugene Frenke, who flourished in Hollywood after following his wife stateside in 1932. Most of Anna Sten`s latter-day film appearances were, in fact, favors to her husband. She had an uncredited bit in the Frenke-produced Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), and a full lead in her final film (also produced by Frenke), The Nun and the Sergeant (1962). Anna Sten died November 12, 1993 at the age of 85.

Couple Profile Source
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Sten

Full Name at Birth
Anna Petrovna Fesak

Father
Petro Fesak

Film Role
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Other Crew

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Age
84

Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Wikipedia Text

Anna Sten (Russian: Анна Стен; December 3, 1908 – November 12, 1993) was a Ukrainian-born American actress. She began her career in stage plays and films in Russia before travelling to Germany, where she starred in several films. Her performances were noticed by film producer Samuel Goldwyn, who brought her to the United States with the aim of creating a new screen personality to rival the popular Greta Garbo. After a few unsuccessful films, Goldwyn released her from her contract. She continued to act occasionally until her final film appearance in 1962.


Occupation Text
Actress

Year(s) Active
1926–1964

Wiki Bio Text
Biography by Hal Erickson [-] Among the many "new Greta Garbos' " of the '30s, Russian-born actress Anna Sten was the most famous -- or rather, most notorious. Anna's father was a Russian ballet master who died when she was twelve; Anna herself worked as a waitress until she was discovered at age 15 while acting in an amateur play in Kiev. Her discoverer was the influential Russian stage director/instructor Konstantin Stanislavsky, who arranged for her to get an audition at the Moscow Film Academy. She acted in plays and films in Russia, then travelled to Germany to appear in films co-produced by German and Russian studios (this sort of "international" production was common in the years prior to World War II). Making a smooth transition to talking pictures, Anna appeared in such German films as Trapeze (1931) and The Brothers Karamazov (1931) until she came to the attention of American movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn. Goldwyn was looking for a foreign-born actress that he could build up as the rival of (and possible successor to) Garbo. The producer did not plunge into this endeavor half-heartedly; for two years after bringing Ms. Sten to America, Goldwyn had his new star tutored in English and taught Hollywood screen acting methods. He poured a great deal of time and money into Sten's first US film, Nana, a somewhat homogenized version of Emile Zola's scandalous 19th century novel. But Nana did not click with the box office -- nor did her two subsequent Goldwyn films, We Live Again (1934) and The Wedding Night (1935). Reluctantly, Goldwyn dissolved his contract with his "new Garbo." Speculation in recent years that Sten's failure to connect with American movie fans was due to a lack of talent is incorrect: Anna Sten could act quite well, but audiences were resistant to (a) her Hollywood-fabricated "exotic" image and (b) Goldwyn's overenthusiastic publicity campaign. Sten continued making films in the US and England, but none of them were remarkable, and few of them - notably a late-'50s "juvenile delinquent" epic produced at cellar-dwelling American International Pictures - were downright horrible. Happily, Sten did not have to rely on acting to support her comfortable lifestyle; she was married to film producer Eugene Frenke, who flourished in Hollywood after following his wife stateside in 1932. Most of Anna Sten's latter-day film appearances were, in fact, favors to her husband: She had an uncredited bit in the Frenke-produced Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957), and a full lead in her final film (also produced by Frenke), The Nun and the Sergeant (1962). http://www.allmovie.com/artist/anna-sten-p67950

Year(s) Active
1926–64

Eye Color
Blue

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