Ria Jende


Ria Jende was a Belgian-German film actress during the silent era. She also produced three of her own films. Originally from Brussels she moved to Germany at a young age, and began working in the German film industry before the First World War after having been discovered in Berlin by Oskar Messter. She enjoyed particular fame during the early 1920s, but drifted out of public awareness and the year of her death is unknown. She posed many times for … Continue reading Ria Jende

Lea Niako


Lea Niako (1908-1945), real name Maria Kruse. Was a German actress and ballerina.She met the Polish spy Jerzy Sosnowski with who she had an affair. They were both arrested for espionage on February 24, 1935 by the Gestapo. She died murdered in Berlin in 1945).There is nothing known about her career (if any) after the War. She was known for her work on La carta (1931), Zwischen Hamburg … Continue reading Lea Niako

Gabrielle Ray


The first time Miss Gabrielle came to my attention was when finding info about a photo of her holding a whip. It lead to the blog The Little Cherub. Gabrielle Ray (1883 – 1973) was an English stage actress, dancer and singer, best known for her roles in Edwardian musical comedies. Ray was considered one of the most beautiful actresses on the London stage and became one … Continue reading Gabrielle Ray

Virginia Oldoini (1837-1899)


Virginia Oldoïni, Countess of Castiglione (1837 – 1899), better known as La Castiglione, was an Italian aristocrat who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography. In 1856 she began sitting for Mayer and Pierson, photographers favored by the imperial court. Over the next four decades she directed Pierre-Louis Pierson … Continue reading Virginia Oldoini (1837-1899)