Young Maria Ouspenskaya trained and toured with the Moscow Art Theatre, and was directed and taught by Stanislavski, making her one of the original ‘method’ actors and teachers. When the Moscow Art troupe toured New York City in 1922, Maria decided to stay in the US. After running a dance school in Los Angeles, she surfaced in Hollywood pictures, in Dodsworth, which brought her an Academy Award nomination. But of course she is here because of her role as Maleva the gypsy fortuneteller in The Wolf Man and Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man.
“The way you walked was thorny, through no fault of your own, but as the rain enters the soil, the river enters the sea, so tears run to a predestined end. Your suffering is over, Bela my son. Now you will find peace.”