ANNA STEN. The next Garbo — not!! Glossy 10×8 black and white chest-up lobby still portrait from Nana (1934), signed with her name alone in blue ink. Near very fine condition, with a mild bump to the top left corner tip. In 1932, producer Samuel Goldwyn, smitten after seeing Russian-born Anna Sten in a German-language film, signed her to an exclusive contract and whisked her off to Hollywood, only to discover that she did not speak a word of English. After a year of intense English lessons, she made her American film debut in Nana (1934) and promptly laid an egg at the box office. Two more films for Goldwyn followed, with equally disappointing results, leading to the termination of her contract. Hollywood wags were soon referring to the actress as “Goldwyn’s Folly, ” while two-time co-star Gary Cooper fondly dubbed her Anna Stench. She was, however, superior to her reputation and her performances are definitely worth a sympathetic look.