Google Doodle celebrates Polish-American actress Helena Moderjowska
Over a period of more than four decades, in the late 19th century, Polish-American actress Helena Modrejowska photographed about 300 characters, but she is best known for her Shakespearean repertoire, which she wrote in both English and Polish. Presented
In honor of one of Poland’s greatest actors, Google dedicated a doodle to Moderjuska on Tuesday to mark its 181st birthday.
Born on October 12, 1840, in Krakکوw, Poland, to complex parents as Jadwega Banda, he was baptized as Helena Opid. He took to the stage in 1861 under the name Modrzejewska, beginning his career spanning nearly 46 years in Europe and the United States.
Her performances in tragic Shakespearean characters such as Hamlet’s Ophelia, Othello’s Desdemona and Juliet, Romeo’s Love were well received by critics. But a decade later, in the headlines of Polish theater, she and her husband emigrated to the United States in 1876, settling on a farm near Anaheim, California, intending to leave acting behind.
But, because he knew very little about farming and English, the effort proved futile, and Modrejowska returned to the stage, performing mainly in the United States but occasionally in England, Shakespeare in London and elsewhere in Britain. Fulfilled the dream
In addition to a terrific schedule that includes eight to nine performances each week over several weekends, Moderzowska is also a director, producer and publisher.
She died in 1909 in Newport Beach, California at the age of 68 and was buried in her family plot in Krakow.