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Film Stars Of Playa Del Rey; Olga Grey (Photos)

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Olga Grey was an American silent film actress, and lived for many years at 114 Ellen Avenue at Surfridge Estates, Playa Del Rey. Her home was designed by the famous architect R.M. Schindler, with whom Grey apparently shared more than blueprints with.

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Anna "Anushka" Zacsek, a Budapest native, 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 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.

She also founded “The Actor’s Theater” in Hollywood where her troupe included the likes of Boris Karloff. Tired of acting and running her theater, on the advice of an attorney friend she decided to study law and passed the bar in 1932.

In 1942 she was one of the defense attorneys in the "Sleepy Lagoon" trials, defending gang members Henry Leyvas, Victor Segobia, and Edward Grandpré. She was the only woman attorney in the courtroom for these trials.

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

Here is the full movie feed of Olga Grey in, Intolerance, 1916:




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