Xenia Desni (Ukrainian: Ксенія Десні. Russian: Ксения Десни; 19 January 1894, Oster, Ukraine – 27 May 1962, France) was a silent screen era actress born in the Russian Empire.

Xenia Desni
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Xenia Desni circa 1928
Born(1894-01-19)19 January 1894
Died27 May 1962(1962-05-27) (aged 68)
Years active1921–1940 (film)

She and her family fled the Russian Revolution. They first moved to Constantinople, where she began her acting career in Vaudeville. She later moved to Berlin. She later was involved in films directed by Johannes Guter.


Desni began her successful career at the beginning of the 1920s with the movie Sappho, followed by a number of successful productions such as Leap Into Life, Die Prinzessin Suwarin, Wilhelm Tell, Die Andere, Ein Walzertraum, Familie Schimek, and Madame wagt einen Seitensprung.[1]

Her career declined shortly after the advent of sound, after which she appeared in only one film, Kriminalkommissar Eyck.

She was the mother of actress Tamara Desni.[2] Her daughter became a star of British films during the 1930s and 1940s.

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  1. ^ "Xenia Desni" Fandango. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Tamara Desni" The Telegraph (15 February 2008). Retrieved 13 August 2013.

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