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 worked within the choreographic movement called nackttanz , in which its protagonists sometimes came to act practically naked before the public, which has been interpreted by some researchers as a “gesture of emancipationDuring a private party held at the end of February 1934 he was arrested together with the agent and officer of the … 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)