Alla Nazimova

Actress + Screenwriter and Producer
Born Jun 3, 1879

Alla Nazimova was an American film and theater actress, a screenwriter, and film producer. She is perhaps best known as simply Nazimova, but also went under the name Alia Nasimoff. She emigrated to the United States from the Russian Empire. She was influential in the film industry in the silent era and continued to play character roles till the end of her life.… Read More

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1879 Birth Born on June 3, 1879.


1899 20 Years Old In 1899 she married Sergei Golovin, a fellow actor.
1903 24 Years Old Nazimova's theater career blossomed early; and by 1903 she was a major star in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. … Read More
1905 26 Years Old While still in Russia and before coming to America in 1905, Nazimova may have given birth to a child. … Read More
1906 27 Years Old 1 More Event
She was signed up by the American producer Henry Miller and made her Broadway debut in New York City in 1906 to critical and popular success.


1915 36 Years Old Due to her notoriety in a 35-minute 1915 play entitled War Brides, Nazimova made her silent film debut in 1916 in the filmed version of the play, which was produced by Lewis J. Selznick. … Read More
1917 38 Years Old In 1917, she negotiated a contract with Metro Pictures, a precursor to MGM, that included a weekly salary of $13,000. … Read More
1918 39 Years Old Nazimova's private lifestyle gave rise to widespread rumors of outlandish and allegedly debauched parties at her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, in Hollywood, California, known as "The Garden of Alla," which she leased in 1918 and bought outright the next year.


1921 42 Years Old Edith Luckett, a stage actress and the mother of future U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan, was a friend of Nazimova, having acted with her onstage. Edith married Kenneth Seymour Robbins, and following the birth of their daughter Nancy in 1921, Nazimova became her godmother. … Read More
1923 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1923, she arranged to divorce Golovin without traveling to the Soviet Union.
1925 46 Years Old A little over two years later, on November 16, 1925, Charles Bryant, then 43, surprised the press, Nazimova's fans and Nazimova herself by marrying Marjorie Gilhooley, 23, in Connecticut. … Read More
1926 47 Years Old Facing near-bankruptcy in 1926, she converted the 2.5 acre estate into a hotel by building 25 villas on the property. … Read More


1938 59 Years Old When Nazimova moved back to Hollywood in 1938, she rented Villa 24 at the hotel and lived there until she died.


1940 61 Years Old …  However, the fact that Tichenor was pregnant most of 1940, giving birth to her son on Dec. 21, 1940, along with the 40-year age gap between the two women, casts some doubt on this rumor. … Read More
1945 66 Years Old On July 13, 1945 Nazimova died of a coronary thrombosis, age 66, in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. … Read More
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