Alla Nazimova
Actress, screenwriter and producer
Alla Nazimova
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.
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Conrad Veidt Movie Schedule: THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Conrad Veidt, Alla Nazimova. BW-98 mins. 6:00 PM A WOMAN'S FACE (1941) Plastic surgery gives a scarred female criminal a new outlook on life. Dir: George Cukor. Cast: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt
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Exhiben filmes de Rodolfo Valentino, a 88 años de su natalicio - El Diario de Yucatán
Google News - over 5 years
Posteriormente la gran Alla Nazimova lo eligió para el filme "Camille", desatando una lluvia de ofertas. Rodolfo Valentino se casó con Natacha Rambova aún estando en matrimonio con su primera esposa, por lo que casi es apresado por bigamia;
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The new Jewess: A rising generation of actresses overturns old tropes - SanFranciscoSentinel.com
Google News - over 5 years
Actresses Mae West, whose mother was of Bavarian Jewish heritage, and Judy Holliday, whose parents were of Russian-Jewish decent, both fared well as comedians, but never as leading dramatic actresses, while Theda Bara, Alla Nazimova and Hedy Lamarr
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Closed for upgrades, PS122 to continue producing - Chelsea Now
Google News - over 5 years
The original production launched an army of competitive Salomes on stage and screen in the early 20th century — including Gertrude Hoffman, Eva Tanguay and Alla Nazimova — each striving to outdo one another in the play's climactic dance, a sexy come
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Stage Raw: Year Zero - LA Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Just split from her girlfriend, Alas (Lidia Ryan) is on the run from the police for stealing McNuggets; desperate, she dives into a secret passageway under the pavement and emerges into the luxurious digs of silent screen glamour queen, Alla Nazimova
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Comienza el ciclo 'Los toros en el cine' en el Museo de Roquetas - El Almería
Google News - over 5 years
El jueves 9 será Sangre y arena de 1941, estadounidense dirigida por Rouben Mamoulian basado en la novela de Vicente Blasco Ibáñez con Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Alla Nazimova, Anthony Quinn
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Theater review: 'Lavender Love' at Macha Theatre - Los Angeles Times
Google News - almost 6 years
... (Lidia Ryan) flees the police, who are chasing her for stealing food from a McDonald's -- that same McDonald's located on the former site of the Garden of Alla (later known as the Garden of Allah), playground of lesbian film star, Alla Nazimova
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LAVENDER LOVE - WeHo News
Google News - almost 6 years
In Lavender Love Nanin explores the rather demented passions of silent screen icon, Alla Nazimova, the pending nuptials of silent film icon Rudolph Valentino and costume/set designer and sometime actress Natacha Rambova (misspelled often as "Natasha"),
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BWW Reviews: Macha Offers Original One Act LAVENDER LOVE - Broadway World
Google News - almost 6 years
... film star Madame Alla Nazimova (Nanin), her protege Natasha (Stephanie Ann Saunders), Rudolph Valentino (Kristian Steel) and future cinematographer Paul Ivano (Drew Hinckley) living a life of decadence within two Hollywood lavender marriages
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VALENTINO LIVES AGAIN - WeHo News
Google News - almost 6 years
On the Southwest corner: A torrid home and later apartment/hotel, first called the Garden of Alla (after its notorious owner, silent star Alla Nazimova) then, once she sold it, the Garden of Allah. Playwright Odalys Nanin has written Lavender Love to
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Hoy 6 de mayo recordamos los cumpleaños de tres grandes figuras de la ... - Noticia al Dia
Google News - almost 6 years
En esos momentos Valentino estaba casado con la actriz Jean Acker, pero tras protagonizar “Camille” (1921), la co-protagonista Alla Nazimova le presentó a la directora artística y de vestuario que ejerció un gran influjo en la vida y trabajo del
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Los Angeleses mängitakse Ilmar Taska lavastatud tükki - Delfi
Google News - almost 6 years
Taska lavastatud tükk räägib Itaaliast pärit Rudolph Valentino ning Venemaalt pärit Alla Nazimova Hollywoodi kolimisest. “Pärast psühholoogilise õudusfilmi tegemist on väga tore vahelduseks teha ka romantilist komöödiat,” teatas Taska Delfile
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MyReporter - Thalian Hall: A showcase for big acts through the years - StarNewsOnline.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Among the actors who performed here were Maurice Barrymore, Edwin Forrest, James O'Neill (father of the playwright Eugene), Helena Modjeska, the comedian Joe Jefferson, the Scottish comedian Sir Harry Lauder, Alla Nazimova, Lillian Russell and Otis
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Movies on TV, Tonight - Regina Leader-Post
Google News - almost 6 years
(39) >> "Camille" Alla Nazimova. Silent. A glamorous courtesan ends an affair. (2 hrs.) (56) >> "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" Kevin James. A security officer confronts bad guys at a suburban New Jersey mall. (2 hrs.) (102) >> "Sex and the City 2" Sarah
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What's On Today
NYTimes - over 7 years
9 P.M. (TLC) JON & KATE PLUS 8 In the much-hyped ''You Ask, Kate Answers,'' Kate Gosselin, above, tackles questions about her failed marriage, its effects on her family and the show, and moving on with her life. 7 P.M. (13, 49) THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER Margaret Warner interviews Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, after his speech on
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Hedda Forever: An Antiheroine For the Ages
NYTimes - about 8 years
SHE'S mean at the beginning and even meaner at the end. For her first trick, she mercilessly derides a sweet old lady's brand new hat. Later she uses a visiting guest for target practice in the backyard. And for a big finish, she consigns a baby to the flames. (A metaphorical baby, that is.) Through it all she exudes tetchiness, weariness and a
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Gavin Lambert, 80, Writer Who Chronicled Hollywood Life
NYTimes - over 11 years
Gavin Lambert, an incisive observer of life in Hollywood through his screenplays, novels and film histories, died on Sunday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 80. The cause was pulmonary fibrosis, said Mart Crowley, the executor of his estate. Mr. Lambert's fiction and nonfiction speak candidly about the realities of Hollywood stardom and about
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Paid Notice: Deaths FISHBURN, GERALDINE KAY
NYTimes - over 15 years
FISHBURN-Geraldine Kay. Died Tuesday, September 25, 2001, in Oxford, OH. She was 88. Ms. Fishburn was born July 29, 1913, in NYC to Joseph and Tillye Koerpel. Her career as a professional actress began at the age of 12, when using the stage name Geraldine Kay. She appeared in a Broadway production directed by Guthrie McClintic. After building a
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MOVIE GUIDE
NYTimes - over 18 years
Here is a selective listing by critics of The Times of new or noteworthy movies and film series playing this weekend in New York City. * denotes a highly recommended film or series. Ratings and running times are in parentheses. An index of reviews of films opening today appears on page 12. Now Playing * ''BULWORTH,'' starring Warren Beatty, Halle
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Patsy Ruth Miller, Movie Actress, 91, An Early Esmeralda
NYTimes - over 21 years
Patsy Ruth Miller, a silent-film star whose best-known role may have been that of the Gypsy dancing girl in the 1923 film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," died on Sunday at her home here. She was 91. Miss Miller, whose original name was Patricia Deans, had roles in more than 70 films and appeared opposite many leading men of her time, including
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alla Nazimova
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1945
    Age 65
    On July 13, 1945 Nazimova died of a coronary thrombosis, age 66, in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Her ashes were interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Her contributions to the film industry have been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nazimova has been portrayed in film three times. The first two were biographical films about Rudolph Valentino: 1975's The Legend of Valentino, in which she was portrayed by Alicia Bond; and 1977's Valentino, in which she was portrayed by Leslie Caron. She will be featured in two upcoming silent films about Hollywood's silent movie era: Return to Babylon in which she is played by Laura Harring and Silent Life (Vlad Kozlov, Isabella Rossellini et al.) based on the life of Rudolph Valentino, where she is played by Galina Jovovich. The character of Nazimova also appears in Dominick Argento's opera Dream of Valentino, in which she also plays the violin.
  • 1940
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It is believed that Nazimova coined the phrase "sewing circle" as code to refer to lesbian or bisexual actresses of her day who concealed their true sexuality. Nazimova lived with Glesca Marshall from 1929 until her death in 1945.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1938
    Age 58
    When Nazimova moved back to Hollywood in 1938, she rented Villa 24 at the hotel and lived there until she died.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1926
    Age 46
    Facing near-bankruptcy in 1926, she converted the 2.5 acre estate into a hotel by building 25 villas on the property.
    More Details Hide Details The Garden of Alla Hotel opened in January 1927. But Nazimova was ill equipped to run a hotel and eventually sold it and returned to Broadway and theatrical tours. By 1930 the hotel had been purchased by Central Holding Corporation which changed the name to the Garden of Allah Hotel.
  • 1925
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When the press uncovered the fact that Charles had listed his current marital status as "single" on his marriage license, the revelation that the marriage between Alla and Charles had been a sham from the beginning embroiled Nazimova in a scandal that damaged her career. Between the years of 1917 and 1922 Nazimova wielded considerable influence and power in Hollywood. Nazimova helped start the careers of both of Rudolph Valentino's wives, Jean Acker and Natacha Rambova. Although she was involved in an affair with Acker, it is debated as to whether her connection with Rambova ever developed into a sexual affair. Nevertheless, there were rumors that Nazimova and Rambova were involved in a lesbian affair (they are discussed at length in Dark Lover, Emily Leider's biography of Rudolph Valentino) but those rumors have never been definitely confirmed. She was very impressed by Rambova's skills as an art director, and Rambova designed the innovative sets for Nazimova's film productions of Camille and Salomé.
  • 1923
    Age 43
    Her divorce papers, which arrived in the United States that summer, stated that on May 11, 1923, the marriage of "citizeness Leventon Alla Alexandrovna" and Sergius Arkadyevitch Golovin, "consummated between them in the City Church of Boruysk June 20, 1899," had been officially dissolved.
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    In 1923, she arranged to divorce Golovin without traveling to the Soviet Union.
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  • 1921
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Nazimova continued to be friends with Edith and her second husband, neurosurgeon Loyal Davis until her death. She was also the aunt of American film producer Val Lewton.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1918
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1917
    Age 37
    In 1917, she negotiated a contract with Metro Pictures, a precursor to MGM, that included a weekly salary of $13,000.
    More Details Hide Details She moved from New York to Hollywood, where she made a number of highly successful films for Metro that earned her considerable money. In 1927, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Nazimova soon felt confident enough in her abilities to begin producing and writing films in which she also starred. In her film adaptations of works by such notable writers as Oscar Wilde and Ibsen, she developed her own filmmaking techniques, which were considered daring at the time. Her projects, including A Doll's House (1922), based on Ibsen, and Salomé (1923), based on Wilde's play, were critical and commercial failures. By 1925 Nazimova could no longer afford to invest in more films; and financial backers withdrew their support. Left with few options, she gave up on the film industry, returning to perform on Broadway, notably starring as Natalya Petrovna in Rouben Mamoulian's 1930 New York production of Turgenev's A Month in the Country and an acclaimed performance as Mrs. Alving in Ibsen's Ghosts, which the critic Pauline Kael later described as the greatest performance she had ever seen on the American stage. In the early 1940s, she appeared in a few more films, playing Robert Taylor's mother in Escape (1940) and Tyrone Power's mother in Blood and Sand (1941). This late return to motion pictures fortunately preserves Nazimova and her art on sound film.
  • 1915
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A young actor with a bit part in the movie was Richard Barthelmess, whose mother taught Nazimova English. Nazimova had encouraged him to try out for movies and he later became a star.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1906
    Age 26
    Her English-language premiere in November 1906 was in the title role of Hedda Gabler.
    More Details Hide Details She quickly became extremely popular (a theater was named after her) and remained a major Broadway star for years, often acting in the plays of Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekhov. Dorothy Parker described her as the finest Hedda Gabler she had ever seen.
    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.
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  • 1905
    Age 25
    While still in Russia and before coming to America in 1905, Nazimova may have given birth to a child.
    More Details Hide Details The father has been speculated to be either her husband Golovin or her lover Orlenev. From 1912 to 1925 Nazimova maintained a "lavender marriage" with Charles Bryant (1879–1948), a British-born actor. In order to bolster this arrangement with Bryant, Nazimova kept her marriage to Golovin secret from the press, her fans and even her friends.
  • 1903
    Age 23
    Nazimova's theater career blossomed early; and by 1903 she was a major star in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
    More Details Hide Details She toured Europe, including London and Berlin, with her boyfriend Pavel Orlenev, a flamboyant actor and producer. In 1905 they moved to New York City and founded a Russian-language theater on the Lower East Side. The venture was unsuccessful; and Orlenev returned to Russia while Nazimova stayed in New York.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1899
    Age 19
    In 1899 she married Sergei Golovin, a fellow actor.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1879
    Born
    Born on June 3, 1879.
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