Olga Grey

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Olga Grey
Olga Grey 1916.jpg
From The Photo-Play Journal, 1916.
Born Anna Zacsek
November 10, 1896
Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died April 25, 1973 (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Olga Gray
Occupation Actor
Years active 1915 - 1920

Olga Grey (November 10, 1896 – April 25, 1973[1]) was an American silent film actress.

Anna "Anushka" Zacsek, a Budapest native, she immigrated to the United States, and by her late teens was pursuing an acting career in Hollywood.

Her first film appearance was in the 1915 film His Lesson, in which she had the lead role. She would have twelve film roles that year, including a role (as the actress Laura Keene) in the now classic film The Birth of a Nation, starring Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, and directed by D. W. Griffith.

In 1916 she appeared in seven films, including the role of "Lady Agnes" in Macbeth. She would have another eleven roles between 1917 and 1920, with a steady decline of quality roles.

She left the business in 1920, and became an attorney under her original name, Anna Zacsek. In 1942 she was one of the defense attorneys in the "Sleepy Lagoon" trials, defending gang members Henry Leyvas, Victor Segobia, and Edward Grandpré.[2] She was the only woman attorney in the courtroom for these trials.[3]

Anna Zacsek was residing in Los Angeles at the time of her death on April 25, 1973, aged 76.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Social Security Death Index, listed as Anna Zacsek Accessed April 25, 2009
  2. ^ Eduardo Obregón Pagán, Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riots in Wartime L. A. (University of North Carolina Press 2003): 77-87.
  3. ^ Catherine Sue Ramirez, The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press 2008): 99-100.

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