Modjeska, Helena

(1840-1909)
   Born Jadwiga Benda in Poland, she established herself as an actress there, first using the name Helena Opid, then Helena Modrzejewska. In 1876, she came to the United States with her second husband Karol Chlapowski, Count Bozenta and bought a ranch in California, where she worked on her English in preparation for restarting her career on the American stage. There she hired young Sophie Treadwell as her secretary. Modjeska made her English-language acting debut in San Francisco in 1877 and developed a repertory that included 16 Shakespearean roles (notably Rosalind and Viola) as well as provocative characters in contemporary plays. Her memoirs, Memories and Impressions (1910), include vivid tales of her tour with Edwin Booth in 1899.

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