Maria Ouspenskaya (1876–1949)


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The daughter of a lawyer, Ouspenskaya studied singing at the Warsaw Conservatory and acting at Adasheff's School of the Drama in Moscow. She received her practical training as an actress touring in the Russian provinces. She later joined the Moscow Art Theatre. It was here that she first worked under the direction of the great Konstantin ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Known For

Dodsworth Baroness Von Obersdorf
(1936)
The Wolf Man Maleva
(1941)
Conquest Countess Pelagia Walewska
(1937)
The Rains Came Maharani
(1939)

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 1949 A Kiss in the Dark
Mme. Karina
 1947 Wyoming
Maria (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
 1946 I've Always Loved You
Madame Goronoff (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
 1945 Tarzan and the Amazons
Amazon Queen (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
 1942 Mystery of Marie Roget
Mme. Roget
 1942 Kings Row
Madame von Eln
 1941 The Shanghai Gesture
The Amah
 1941 The Wolf Man
Maleva
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance
Madame Lydia Basilova
 1940 The Man I Married
Frau Gerhardt
 1940 The Mortal Storm
Mrs. Hilda Breitner
 1940 Waterloo Bridge
Madame Olga Kirowa
 1940 Beyond Tomorrow
Madam Tanya
 1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
Franziska Speyer
 1939 Judge Hardy and Son
Mrs. Judith Volduzzi
 1939 The Rains Came
Maharani
 1939 Love Affair
Grandmother
 1937 Conquest
Countess Pelagia Walewska
 1936 Dodsworth
Baroness Von Obersdorf (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
 1929 Tanka the Innkeeper (Short)
 1920 Khveska (Short)
Med. assistant's wife
 1917 Tsvety zapozdalye (Short)
The matchmaker (as Mariya Uspenskaya)
 1916 Nichtozhniye (Short)
 1915 Sverchok na pechi (Short) (as Mariya Uspenskaya)
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Other Works:

The Taming of the Shrew (1927). Comedy (revival). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya | Mariya Uspenskaya

Height:

5' 1½" (1.56 m)
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Trivia:

Taught acting at New York's American Laboratory Theatre in the 1920s until forming her own acting school, the Maria Ouspenskaya School of Dramatic Arts, in 1929. She moved the studio to Hollywood in the late 1930s when her film career began to flourish. Some of her more famous students included John Garfield and acting gurus Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg. See more »

Trademark:

Strong Slavic accent with distinct elocution See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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