Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Modjeska, Helena

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MODJESKA, HELENA (mod-jes′kä), a Polish actress; born in Cracow, Poland, Oct. 12, 1844. She began to act in a traveling company in 1861. Four years later she made a great name at Cracow, and from 1868 to 1876 was the first actress of Warsaw. In 1877 she triumphed as Adrienne Lecouvreur at San Francisco and rose to the first rank as an emotional actress. She was especially famous as Camille, Rosalind, and Beatrice. She died April 8, 1909.