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Maria Ouspenskaya (1876–1949)

The daughter of a lawyer, Ouspenskaya studied singing at the Warsaw Conservatory and acting at Adasheff's School of the Drama in Moscow. She received her practical training as an actress touring in the Russian provinces. She later joined the Moscow Art Theatre. It was here that she first worked under the direction of the great Konstantin ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

Known For

The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man Maleva
Love Affair
Love Affair Grandmother
Waterloo Bridge
Waterloo Bridge Madame Olga Kirowa
Dodsworth Baroness Von Obersdorf


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 1949 A Kiss in the Dark
Mme. Karina
 1947 Wyoming
Maria (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
 1946 I've Always Loved You
Madame Goronoff (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
 1945 Tarzan and the Amazons
Amazon Queen (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
 1942 Mystery of Marie Roget
Mme. Cecile Roget
 1942 Kings Row
Madame von Eln
 1941 The Shanghai Gesture
The Amah
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance
Madame Lydia Basilova
 1940 The Man I Married
Frau Gerhardt
 1940 The Mortal Storm
Mrs. Breitner
 1940 Waterloo Bridge
Madame Olga Kirowa
 1940 Beyond Tomorrow
Madam Tanya
 1939 Judge Hardy and Son
Mrs. Judith Volduzzi
 1937 Conquest
Countess Pelagia Walewska
 1936 Dodsworth
Baroness Von Obersdorf (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
 1929 Tanka the Innkeeper (Short)
 1920 Khveska (Short)
Med. assistant's wife
 1917 Tsvety zapozdalye (Short)
The matchmaker (as Mariya Uspenskaya)
 1916 Nichtozhniye (Short)
 1915 Sverchok na pechi (Short) (as Mariya Uspenskaya)
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Alternate Names:

Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya | Mariya Uspenskaya


5' 1½" (1.56 m)

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Co-founder of the American Laboratory Theater with the Polish actor/film director Richard Boleslawski, she was the first Russian actor from the Moscow Art Theatre to teach the Stanislavski Method in the United States. Her methods greatly influenced her young students Lee Strasberg and Harold Clurman, founders the Group Theater (1931-1940). Strasberg first practiced his very personal variation of ... See more »


Perhaps best known for her role as Maleva the Gypsy in The Wolf Man (1941) and _Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943)_. See more »

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