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Modjeska, or Modrzejewska, Helena

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Helena Modjeska, or Modrzejewska

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Helena Modjeska.
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(1840–1909). After establishing a successful career in Poland, actress Helena Modjeska moved to the United States and continued to make a name for herself in the theater. Her repertory included 260 Shakespearean and contemporary roles, some in both Polish and English.

The daughter of a musician, she was born Helena Opid on Oct. 12, 1840, in Kraków, Poland. With her first husband, Gustav Modrzejewski, …

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