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Margaret West & Pola Negri

Pola Negri (January 3, 1897 – August 1, 1987) was one of the most mysterious and flamboyant of the silent film stars. She became famous in a series of movies made in Germany under director Ernst Lubitsch. At one time she was among the most popular and wealthiest stars in Hollywood, living in a palace modeled after the White House. (P: ©Abbé, Paris. Pola Negri, 1921 (©1))

Negri was romantically linked at various times to Polish Count Eugene Dambski, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph VALENTINO, and Adolf Hitler. Most of these affairs were for publicity value only, however, as her true passion was for other women.

After Valentino’s death, Negri staged a media circus, following the train that carried his body all the way from California to New York. At the funeral she arranged for a floral display spelling out her name to be placed on his coffin. She fainted dramatically several times during the rites.

Talullah BANKHEAD dismissed Negri as "The biggest phony in Hollywood, dahling! A lying lesbo, a Polish publicity hound. Had a mustache and couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag!"

Negri’s film career spanned five decades, from Slaves of Passion in 1914 to The Moon-Spinnerrs in 1964. In 1957 Negi moved to San Antonio with Texan heiress and composer Margaret West (Sep. 10, 1903 - Jul. 29, 1963, buried Mission Burial Park South, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA, Plot: Block 2, Masonic Garden), daughter to George Washington West (1879 - 1956) and Robbie Bedell West (1880 - 1959). The two women lived together until West’s death in 1963. Negri inherited West’s estate, and she remained there until her ovvn death in 1987. In her own, not-entirely-candid autobiography, Negri wrote, "It is difficult for some of the so-called sophisticates to understand the there had not been until then, nor would there ever be in the future, the slightest tinge of the sexual to what [Margaret and I] shared together." The rumors, however, continue to persist to this day. After West's death, Negri moved out of the home she had shared with West into a townhome located at 7707 Broadway in San Antonio. She spent the remainder of her years there, largely out of the public eye.


In 1922 Pola Negri posed for a portrait painted by Tadeusz Styka, who immortalized her as a liberated woman, a symbol of her era. Seeing that the public on the other side of the Atlantic was also interested in her, she decided to immigrate to America in 1923.
Pola Negri was one of the most mysterious and flamboyant of the silent film stars. In 1957 Negi moved to San Antonio with Texan heiress and composer Margaret West. The two women lived together until West’s death in 1963. Negri inherited West’s estate, and she remained there until her death in 1987. "It is difficult for the so-called sophisticates to understand the there had not been until then, nor would there ever be in the future, the slightest tinge of the sexual to what we shared together."




Rudolph Valentino and Pola Negri at the wedding of Mae Murray and Prince David Mdivani


Negri and second husband Prince Serge Mdivani on their wedding day, 14 May 1927.

Source: Queers in History by Keith Stern

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