Mercedes de Acosta

Mercedes de Acosta

Poet + Playwright + Novelist

Mercedes de Acosta was an American poet, playwright, and novelist. Four of de Acosta's plays were produced, and she published a novel and three volumes of poetry. She was professionally unsuccessful but is known for her many lesbian affairs with famous Broadway and Hollywood personalities and numerous friendships with prominent artists of the period.… Read More

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1893 Birth She was born in New York City in 1893. … Read More


1916 23 Years Old De Acosta was involved in numerous lesbian relationships with Broadway’s and Hollywood's elite and she did not attempt to hide her sexuality; her uncloseted existence was very rare and daring in her generation. In 1916 she began an affair with actress Alla Nazimova and later with dancer Isadora Duncan.
1920 27 Years Old 1 More Event
De Acosta married painter Abram Poole (January 1883 Chicago, Illinois – May 24, 1961) in 1920. They divorced in 1935. … Read More


1936 43 Years Old An ardent liberal, de Acosta was committed to several political causes. Concerned about the Spanish Civil War, which began in 1936, for example, she supported the loyalist Republican government that opposed the fascist Franco regime. … Read More
1938 45 Years Old …  In 1938, she met Hindu dancer Ram Gopal in Hollywood. … Read More


1959 66 Years Old Although it has been argued that an intimate relationship between them cannot be proved, de Acosta states they were lovers. Contrary to legend, she did not do so in her memoir. In 1959, when she was destitute, de Acosta sold her papers to the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia and claims to have reluctantly included romantic letters from Garbo. "I would not have had the heart or courage to have burned these letters", she wrote William McCarthy, curator of the museum. "I mean, of course, Eva sic, Greta's and Marlene's who were lovers.
1960 67 Years Old In 1960, when de Acosta was seriously ill with a brain tumor and in need of money, she published her memoir, Here Lies the Heart. … Read More
1968 75 Years Old Died on May 9, 1968.
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