Here is the versatile Miss Negri in her role as “Claire, Queen of the Gypsies” in the lost “Shadows of Paris,” Paramount, 1924. According to critics of the time, one of her strengths as an actress was slipping into a role and becoming her characters. This photo is evidence of that ability–a little expressionistic lighting and makeup and she appears completely unrecognizable from the Polish widow she masquerades as while away from the criminal underworld. See for yourself.
And that, folks, is why she was a star!