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‘Ah, love! It’s not for me!’ Off-screen romance and Pola Negri’s star persona

Agata Frymus (UGent)
(2017) CELEBRITY STUDIES . 8(2). p.294-311
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The Polish actor Pola Negri embarked on her American film career in 1922, after signing a lucrative contract with Famous-Players Lasky. She was promoted as a fiery, European woman of temperament and ‘a wild cat… who doesn’t calculate’ (Carr 1923b, p.39). Hollywood star discourse paid particular attention to romantic alliances between Negri and a number of successful screen actors; in generating this type of publicity, the studio ensured its chief star was portrayed as a passionate, continental diva. Yet, the strategy proved to be a double-edged sword. First of all, the highly- publicised, brief relationships with non-American men suggested a strong, active sexuality and unwillingness to settle down. Secondly, Negri’s public disclosure of grief after the death of her fiancée Rudolph Valentino violated the more reserved American norms of mourning, attracting criticism. The marriage to Prince Serge Mdivani shortly after Valentino’s death caused outrage and reinforced her position as a star placed on the margins of the main current of American society. Fan magazine such as Photoplay ascribed Negri with the fixed, static persona of an old-world diva, resistant to all attempts at Americanisation. As a result, Negri came to symbolise the most dreaded aspects of modernity in the person of the foreign woman, which effectively impeded the advancement of her Hollywood career.

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Frymus, Agata. “‘Ah, Love! It’s Not for Me!’ Off-screen Romance and Pola Negri's Star Persona.” CELEBRITY STUDIES 8.2 (2017): 294–311. Print.
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Frymus, A. (2017). “Ah, love! It”s not for me!’ Off-screen romance and Pola Negri's star persona. CELEBRITY STUDIES , 8(2), 294–311.
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Frymus, Agata. 2017. “‘Ah, Love! It’s Not for Me!’ Off-screen Romance and Pola Negri's Star Persona.” Celebrity Studies 8 (2): 294–311.
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Frymus, Agata. 2017. “‘Ah, Love! It’s Not for Me!’ Off-screen Romance and Pola Negri's Star Persona.” Celebrity Studies 8 (2): 294–311.
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Frymus A. “Ah, love! It”s not for me!’ Off-screen romance and Pola Negri's star persona. CELEBRITY STUDIES . 2017;8(2):294–311.
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A. Frymus, “‘Ah, love! It’s not for me!’ Off-screen romance and Pola Negri’s star persona,” CELEBRITY STUDIES , vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 294–311, 2017.
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  abstract     = {The Polish actor Pola Negri embarked on her American film career in 1922, after signing a lucrative contract with Famous-Players Lasky. She was promoted as a fiery, European woman of temperament and ‘a wild cat… who doesn’t calculate’ (Carr 1923b, p.39). Hollywood star discourse paid particular attention to romantic alliances between Negri and a number of successful screen actors; in generating this type of publicity, the studio ensured its chief star was portrayed as a passionate, continental diva. Yet, the strategy proved to be a double-edged sword. First of all, the highly- publicised, brief relationships with non-American men suggested a strong, active sexuality and unwillingness to settle down. Secondly, Negri’s public disclosure of grief after the death of her fiancée Rudolph Valentino violated the more reserved American norms of mourning, attracting criticism.  The marriage to Prince Serge Mdivani shortly after Valentino’s death caused outrage and reinforced her position as a star placed on the margins of the main current of American society. Fan magazine such as Photoplay ascribed Negri with the fixed, static persona of an old-world diva, resistant to all attempts at Americanisation. As a result, Negri came to symbolise the most dreaded aspects of modernity in the person of the foreign woman, which effectively impeded the advancement of her Hollywood career. },
  author       = {Frymus, Agata},
  issn         = {1939-2397},
  journal      = {CELEBRITY STUDIES },
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {294--311},
  title        = {‘Ah, love! It’s not for me!’ Off-screen romance and Pola Negri’s star persona},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2016.1273126},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2017},
}

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