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.

Hmpf!

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