Stacia Napierkowska

Stacia Napierkowska (16 September 1891 11 May 1945) was a French actress, dancer, and director who worked during the silent film era. She appeared in 86 films between 1908 and 1926.

Stacia Napierkowska
Renée Claire Angèle Élisabeth Napierkowski

16 September 1891
Paris, France
Died11 May 1945(1945-05-11) (aged 53)
Paris, France
Years active19081926


She was born Renée Claire Angèle Élisabeth Napierkowski in Paris to a Polish father, Stanisław Artur Napierkowski, and a French mother.

Napierkowska began her career with the Folies-Bergères, where she was noticed by the director of the Opera Comique who engaged her to perform in the Fêtes Romaines organized at the Théâtre d’Orange. She then acted in early silent films, becoming a star while playing opposite the celebrated Max Linder.

In January 1913, she embarked for the United States to launch an international career: While sailing on the ocean liner Lorraine, she encountered the painter, Francis Picabia, who went on to produce a series of paintings inspired by her. In New York City, she was arrested during a dance performance when it was declared indecent. After returning to France, Napierkowska said,"Really, I have not brought away a single pleasant memory from the United States" and "What a narrow-minded people they are – how utterly impervious to any beautiful impression!"[1]

In 1917, Napierkowska directed the short film L'Héritière de la manade.

She died in Paris on 11 May 1945.

Selected filmography


  1. "Paris Dancer Dislikes US: Napierkowska, Soured by Her Arrest, Makes Some Warm Remarks". The New York Times. Paris. 27 April 1913. Retrieved 12 December 2008. Napierkowska, the Paris dancer, who has just returned from America, has made some very plain remarks on the subject of Americans. 'Really, I have not brought away a single pleasant memory from the United States,' she says. 'What a narrow-minded people they are—how utterly impervious to any beautiful impression!'
  • Anne & Claire Berest, Gabriële (Paris: Stock, 2017); pps. 257-260.

Further reading

  • Pelletier, Philippe (3 November 2008). "Stacia Napierkowska". Ciné Retrieved 7 August 2009.

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