In 1902, she moved with her mother to Warsaw, where they lived in extreme poverty. She trained as a dancer at the Ballet School in Warsaw and performed there until tuberculosis forced her to stop dancing. She turned to acting, and by the end of World War I had established herself as a popular stage actress in Warsaw, appearing in several films. In 1917, her popularity provided her with an opportunity to move to Berlin, Germany, where she appeared in several films for film directors of the UFA agency, including Max Reinhardt and Ernst Lubitsch.
Their films were successful throughout the world, and in 1922 both were offered contracts with Hollywood studios and the following year Negri settled in the U.S. Her exotic style of glamour proved popular with audiences during the 1920s and her affairs with such notable actors as Charles Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino ensured that she remained in the public eye... Her final film appearance was in the 1964 Walt Disney film The Moon-Spinners, with Hayley Mills. She died on August 1, 1987, at the age of 90.
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