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Anna Sten (1908-1993)

  1. Miriam, Hopkins,  Barbary Coast, 1935.     Wild Bill Wellman was to begin  shooting in the Spring of ’34 with Gary  Cooper and Gloria Swanson.  By May, it was Coop and Sten. As ’35 arrived,  the couple became Joel McCrea and the Paramount favourite… Well, Hopkins was the mistress of  Paramount boss BP Schulberg
  2. Rose Stradner, The Last Gangster, 1936.    OK, title role goes to Edward G Robinson. Like who else? But who should be his wife?   Luise Rainer was top choice. (Perfect!). Then MGM tried to borrow Sten.  Finally, the Austrian Stradner (refusing to be re-named Ann Marlow for movies) made the first of her three only Hollywood movies. Well, she had wed the latest Metro writer-producer-director-genius. Joseph L Mankiewicz.  His “it’s going to be a bumpy night” scene in his All About Eve was based on “a very despondent and unhappy” Rose.
  3. Dorothy  Tree, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, 1938.   The script was so anti-Nazi that some German stars like Dietrich and  Sten refused to participate, fearing reprisals against their families back home. Other Euro-refugee actors in LA changed names and looks in order to play roles. Film historian Colin Shindler said Warner Bros was then warned by the US Government to stop making such movies, In fact, one Production Code suit, Karl Lischka, declared the script violated the Code for unfairly representing Hitler - and actually praised Hitler’s “phenomenal public career and his unchallenged political and social achievements”! Presumably, the twat shut upn after several exhibitors who booked the film in Poland were hung inside their own cinemas.
  4. Paulette Goddard, North West Mounted Police, 1939.      When it came to casting native Americans, Hollywood - even CB DeMilleturned to foreign beauties. Marlene Dietrich, French Olympe Bradna and Simone Simon, Russian Anna Sten were seen for Texas Ranger Cary Cooper’s co-star, plus that year’s Waterloo Bridge co-stars: Brtiish Vivien Leigh and Hungarian Steffi Duna. Seventh choice was CB’s adopted daughter, Katharine, aka Mrs Anthony Quinn during 1937-1965. And she was born in Canada.
  5. Margaret Wycherly, The Moon Is Down, 1942.       In the mix for Madame Sarah Oxen after all the major studios fought for John Steinbeck’s praised/vilified novel/play about the Nazi occupation of Norway. (It was, in fact, superb propaganda for anti-Nazi resistance). Fox chief Darryl F Zanuck won because of how well he made Steinbeck’s previous book, The Grapes of Wrath. (The then highest price of $300,000 also helped… just a tad).
  6. Maria Schell, The Brothers Karamazov, 1957.      Joining the gold rush of Greta Garbo wannabes to Hollywood, Sten was booked by producer Samuel Goldwyn to repeat her 1931 French film. He switched her to Nana, 1934, instead, and they both caught a cold. (Zola, too). Indeed, as her Hollywood output tanked, she became known as Goldwyn’s Last Sten. Disliking her intensely during The Wedding Night, 1934. Gary Cooper called her… Anna Stench.  

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