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The Divine Woman Details


One of the great directors of the silent era, Victor Sjostrom, teamed with fellow Swede Greta Garbo for this drama. The great Garbo plays Marianne, a young woman from Brittany who was neglected by her impoverished parents. Marianne longs to be an actress and moves to Paris, where theatrical producer Henry Legrand (Lowell Sherman) takes her under his wing; Henry was romantically involved with Marianne's mother years ago and feels a semi-paternal affection for the young woman. Marianne falls in love with Lucien (Lars Hanson), a man who has deserted from the Army and is on the run from the law. To prove his devotion to her, Lucien steals a dress for Marianne, but this only attracts the police and Lucien winds up in jail. With Lucien behind bars, Henry's attentions become less friendly and more romantic, and Marianne must decide if she should wait for the man she loves or devote herself to the man who wants her. Sadly, no complete prints of The Divine Woman are known to exist; one reel of the eight-reel feature was discovered in a Russian film archive, but the remainder of the picture remains lost. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Greta Garbo
as Marianne
Lars Hanson
as Lucien
Lowell Sherman
as Henry Legrand
Polly Moran
as Mme. Pigonier
Dorothy Cumming
as Mme. Zizi Rouck, Marianne's Mother
Johnny Mack Brown
as Jean Lery
Cesare Gravina
as Gigi
Paulette Duval
as Paulette


Victor Sjöström
Dorothy Farnum
Gladys Unger
Play Author
Oliver Marsh
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie
Set Designer
Cedric Gibbons
Set Designer