Born 1908 in Kiev, Ukrainian-American actress Anna Sten was spotted as an actress in Russia during an amateur performance in 1923. She went to the Moscow Film Academy and acted in first theater plays.
Sten made her film debut in 1927 and took part in Russian silent movies like Zluta knizka and Moskva v oktyabre. She went to Germany in 1930 where she was able to work for few years. In this brief time she appeared in well-known movies like Bomben auf Monte Carlo, Salto Mortale and Der Mörder Dimmitri Karamasoff; all in 1931.
Finally the producer Samuel Goldwyn became aware of the expressive actress and engaged her to the USA in order to create a pendant to Greta Garbo. After two years of intensive training, both in English language and acting à la Hollywood, her first American movie with the title Nana (1934) came into being. But the desired success failed to come. Also her next movies We Live Again (1934) and The Wedding Night (1935) couldn’t come up to the hopes of Samuel Goldwyn and he cancelled her contract.
Sten continued to act occasionally until her final film appearance in 1962. She died in 1993 in New York City at the age of 84.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Anna Sten in the 1930s.