I sent a comment to the person offering a one-sheet of Pola Negri’s 1932 talkie picture, “A Woman Commands” for $600 bucks on Ebay. (I don’t have that kind of money to spend on a movie poster be it Pola or anyone else). This person, however, in their description of the item wrote “accent ended career.”
Baloney! That’s right, I told them: “Baloney.” The accent nonsense is one of the issues discussed in my book, “A Creature of Flame and Desire.” It’s one of the myths that has dogged her reputation. Pola had a pronounced Polish accent, yes, but it is thoroughly understandable and actually quite elegant. “A Woman Commands” did end her career as a leading lady in American pictures, but only because it was an incredibly bad and embarrassing picture. Nothing to do with her voice.