Google Doodle celebrates Polish American actress Helena Modrzejewska

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Extensively considered one of Poland’s topmost players, she was known for her descriptions of Shakespeare’s great woeful places.

Over the course of further than four decades, late-19th century Polish American actress Helena Modrzejewska portrayed nearly 300 places, but she’s substantially known for her Shakespearean repertory, which she performed in both English and Polish.

To recognize one of Poland’s topmost actors, Google devoted its Doodle on Tuesday to Modrzejewska on her 181st birthday.

Born to complicated lineage as Jadwiga Benda on Oct. 12, 1840, in Krakow, Poland, she was baptized as Helena Opid. She made her stage debut in 1861 under the stage name Modrzejewska, beginning a career that would gauge some 46 times in Europe and America.


Her performances in woeful Shakespearean places similar as Hamlet’s Ophelia, Othello’s Desdemona and Juliet, Romeo’s love, were well entered by critics. But after a decade headlining Polish theater, she and her hubby immigrated to the US in 1876, settling on a estate near Anaheim, California, with the intention of leaving acting before.


But, because they knew little about husbandry and English, this bid proved sterile, and Modrzejewska returned to the stage, acting basically in the US but also sometimes in England, fulfilling a dream of performing Shakespeare in London and away in the UK.

In addition to a challenging schedule that includes eight to nine performances each week for several months on end, Modrzejewska was also a director, patron and publicist.

She failed Newport Beach, California, in 1909 at age 68 and buried in her family plot in Krakow.


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