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Author Holmgren, Beth, 1955-

Title Starring Madame Modjeska : on tour in Poland and America / Beth Holmgren
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 408 pages) : illustrations
Series Online access with JISC subscription agreement: ACLS Humanities E-Books
Contents Debut -- The making of a Polish actress -- Warsaw's state of the stars -- A colonial party and the California dream -- On the American road -- The roles of Madame Modjeska -- The Polish Modjeska -- Farewell tour -- Epilogue: finding Modjeska today
Summary In 1876, Poland's leading actress, Helena Modrzejewska, accompanied by family and friends, emigrated to southern California to establish a utopian commune that soon failed. Within a year Modrzejewska made her debut in the title role of Adrienne Lecouvreur at San Francisco's California Theatre. She changed her name to Modjeska and quickly became a leading star on the American stage, where she reigned for the next 30 years. During this time, she established herself as America's most esteemed Shakespearean actress, playing opposite such celebrated actors as Edwin Booth and Maurice Barrymore. Star
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Modjeska, Helena, 1840-1909.
Actors -- Poland -- Biography.
Actors -- United States -- Biography.
Shakespearean actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011022597
ISBN 0253005191 (electronic bk.)
9780253005199 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)