Ina Claire

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Ina Claire
Film Achievement Icon - Star on the Walk of Fame, 6150 Hollywood Blvd.

Ina Claire , actually Ina Fagan (born October 15, 1893 in Washington, DC , † February 21, 1985 in San Francisco , California ) was an American film and stage actress in the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.


Ina Claire's career began at smaller variety theaters and soon took her to the Broadway stages . She starred there in various comedies and earned a reputation as one of the leading theater actresses of her time. Ina Claire was in the Theater Hall of Fame in New York selected. The actress had her best-known film role in 1939 as Russian Grand Duchess Swana in the romantic comedy Ninotschka , directed by Ernst Lubitsch . However, since she saw herself primarily as a stage actress, she made only a few films in the course of her career. Still, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame .

The 1.63 m tall actress died in San Francisco at the age of 91 and was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City . Ina Claire was married three times: From 1919 to 1925 to the author James Whittaker; from 1929 to 1931 with the silent film star John Gilbert ; and from 1939 until his death in 1976 with William R. Wallace.



  • Stanley Appelbaum, James Camner: Stars of the American Musical Theater in Historic Photographs. 361 portraits from the 1860s to 1950 . Dover Publications, New York 1981, ISBN 0-486-24209-9 .

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