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Olga Petrova

Olga Petrova
Olga Petrova circa 1917
Personal information
Birth nameMuriel Harding
Birth dateMay 10, 1884
Place of birthUK
Date of deathNovember 30, 1977(age 93)
Death placeClearwater, Florida, U.S.
OccupationActress, screenwriter, playwright
(19??-1968; his death)
Dr. John Stewart Dillon (physician)
(19??-19??; divorced)

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Olga Petrova (May 10, 1884 November 30, 1977) was an American actress, screenwriter and playwright. Born as Muriel Harding in England, she moved to the United States and became a star of vaudeville using the stage name Olga Petrova. Petrova starred in a number of films for Solax Studios and was Metro Pictures first diva, usually given the role of a femme fatale. During her seven years in film, Petrova appeared in more than two dozen films and wrote the script for several others. Most of her films are now lost.

Petrova left the film industry in 1918 but continued to act in Broadway productions. During the 1920s, she wrote three plays and toured the country with a theater troupe. In 1942, she published her autobiography, Butter With My Bread. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Olga Petrova died in 1977 in Clearwater, Florida, aged 93. She had no children.

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