Helena Modjeska, born Helena Opid on October 12, 1840 in Krakow, Poland, began acting at a young age. She made her theatrical
debut as Helena Modrzejewska in Bochina, Poland in 1861. During this period she was involved in a romantic relationship with
her manager, Gustave Sinnmayer Modrzejewski, which produced a daughter and son. After the death of her three-year old daughter,
Modjeska returned, unmarried, to Krakow where she became a professional member of a theater company.