Anna Sten (Russian: Анна Стен; December 3, 1908 – November 12, 1993) was a Russian-born American silent film actress. She began her career in stage plays and films in Russia before travelling to Germany, where she starred in several films. Her film performances were noticed by film producer Samuel Goldwyn, who brought her to the United States with the aim of creating a new screen personality to rival the popularity of Greta Garbo. After a few unsuccessful films, Goldwyn released her from her contract. She continued to act occasionally until her final film appearance in 1962.
Sten was born Annel Stenskaya Sudakevych on December 3, 1908 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her father was a Ukrainian ballet master who died when she was 12 years old, and her mother was Swedish. Sten worked as a waitress until she was discovered at the age of 15 while acting in an amateur play in Kyiv. She studied at the Kyiv theater school.
In 1926, after completing her studies at Kyiv theater school, Sten was… read more