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Sandra Milovanoff

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Sandra Milovanoff
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Alexandrine Aleksejevna Milovanova

(1892-06-23)23 June 1892
Died8 May 1957(1957-05-08) (aged 64)
Resting placeCimetière parisien de Pantin
Other namesSandra Milowanoff
Years active1917–1950
  • Mikhail Nikitin
  • Maurice de Moolek
  • Joseph Mejinsky

Sandra Milovanoff (born Alexandrine Aleksejevna Milovanova, 23 June 1892 – 8 May 1957), also known as Sandra Milovanov,[1] was a Russian-French actress known for her roles in French cinema during the silent era.[2]


Alexandrine Aleksejevna Milovanova was born on 23 June 1892 into a bourgeois family, the daughter of Aleksej Milovanov and Marija Milovanova (née Smirnova).

Milovanova attended the Tchiszakoff Dance School in St. Petersburg from 1900 to 1908. She became a member of Anna Pavlova's dance troupe, and, two years later, she became a part of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, and toured across Europe. While performing in London, World War I broke out, and the company found themselves stranded there.

In 1916, Milovanova returned to Russia, and was hired at the Nicholas II Theater. The October Revolution forced Milovanova to flee from Russia to Monte Carlo, where she planned to continue her work in the Ballets Russes. Instead, director René Navarre took notice of her, and Milovanova signed a contract with Gaumont Film Company, making her film debut in La p'tite du sixième (1917) as Sandra Milovanoff.

Louis Feuillade became fascinated by Milovanoff, and she next starred in Feuillade's film serial The Two Girls (1921) alongside Olinda Mano and Violette Jyl, followed by L'orpheline (1921), and Parisette (1921). Milovanoff became a very famous actress throughout France, and was ranked only second to Mary Pickford on a popularity scale in a magazine.

After her contract with Gaumont expired, Jacques de Baroncelli began managing her career. She then starred in The Legend of Sister Beatrix (1923), Nène (1924), which she received praise for her performance in, The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge (1925), directed by René Clair, Les Misérables (1925), and The Prey of the Wind (1926), which asserted her as a tragedienne.

After starring in Mauprat (1926), directed by Jean Epstein, Milovanoff's career took off internationally. In Germany, she played a supporting role in Make Up (1927) with Marcella Albani and Werner Krauss, in Sweden she acted in Gustaf Molander's Sealed Lips (1927), and La Condesa María (1928) in Spain.

With the advent of sound, Milovanoff's career began to falter, as her Slavic accent was considered unsuitable for talkies. She made only one film in the 1930s, Dans la nuit (1930), in which she played Charles Vanel's wife. She attempted to resume her career as a dancer, but by this time was too old. She married for a second time to Maurice de Moolek, with whom she had a daughter.

She returned to film in the 1940s, appearing in Après Mein Kampf, mes crimes (1940), The Last Judgment (1945), and The Private Life of an Actor (1948). She made her final screen appearance in Ils ont vingt ans (1950).

Milovanoff remarried a third time to makeup artist Joseph Mejinsky, and died in Paris on 8 May 1957. She is buried at Cimetière parisien de Pantin.


Year Title Role Notes
1917 La p'tite du sixième
1921 The Two Girls Ginette
1921 L'orpheline Jeannette
1921 Parisette Parisette
1922 Le fils du flibustier Bertrande / Josette Bertrand
1922 Le sens de la mort
1923 Le gamin de Paris Lisette
1923 La légende de soeur Béatrix Béatrix
1924 Nène Nène
1924 La flambée des rêves Claire
1924 Pêcheur d'Islande God
1925 The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge Yvonne Vincent
1925 Jocaste Hélène Haviland
1925 Les Misérables Fantine / Cosette
1926 Mauprat Edmée de Mauprat
1927 Colette the Unwanted Marie
1927 The Prey of the Wind Helene
1927 Make Up Kitty Lerron
1927 Sealed Lips Marian Wood
1928 La condesa María
1928 The Vein Charlotte Lagnier
1928 La faute de Monique
1929 La meilleure maîtresse Denise
1930 Dans la nuit Sa femme
1940 Après Mein Kampf mes crimes Madame Schleicher
1945 The Last Judgment Madame Svoboda
1948 Le comédien La servante russe
1950 Ils ont vingt ans La mère d'Anita (final film role)


  1. ^ Bunuel, Luis (March 26, 2013). My Last Sigh: The Autobiography of Luis Bunuel. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 9780345803719 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ McGerr p. 222


  • Celia McGerr. René Clair. Twayne Publishers, 1980.

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