Nita Naldi

Born Nov 13, 1894
Hometown New York City, Ne...
Died Feb 17, 1961
Death Place New York City, Ne...
Religion Roman Catholic
Height 5' 4" (163 cm)
Nationality American

Nita Naldi was an American silent film actress. She was usually cast in the role of the "femme fatale"/"vamp", a persona first popularized by actress Theda Bara.

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1894 Birth Born on November 13, 1894.


1910 15 Years Old She was named for her great aunt, Mary Nonna Dunphy, who founded Academy of the Holy Angels in Fort Lee, New Jersey, which young Mary Dooley attended in 1910. … Read More


1918 23 Years Old By 1918 she debuted on Broadway as a chorus girl at the Winter Garden in The Passing Show of 1918.
1919 24 Years Old This led to more stage jobs and soon Naldi found herself in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919. … Read More
1920 25 Years Old Brady cast her in his play Opportunity in 1920. … Read More
1923 28 Years Old In 1923, after the success of Blood and Sand, Naldi was named as a party in the divorce of then 54-year-old millionaire J. Searle Barclay from his wife of 16 years. Barclay and Naldi had met in 1919 during her stage days and had lived together with her sister in New York since 1920. The pair married in 1927 on a visit to France. … Read More
1924 29 Years Old In 1924 the Valentinos and Naldi traveled to France to research for their film The Hooded Falcon. … Read More


1926 31 Years Old After finishing the Dorothy Gish film Clothes Make the Pirate, Naldi left for France for a short vacation. She married J. Searle Barclay during this time. Despite rumors she had retired, Naldi began work on several films, including Alfred Hitchcock's second directorial effort, 1926's The Mountain Eagle. … Read More
1932 37 Years Old Naldi filed bankruptcy in 1932.
1933 38 Years Old She went back to the stage with Queer People and The Firebird in 1933. … Read More


1942 47 Years Old In 1942 Naldi was considered for For Whom the Bell Tolls but did not receive the part. … Read More


1952 57 Years Old In 1952 she had a notable role in the play In Any Language, co-starring the legendary stage actress Uta Hagen.


1956 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1956 she coached Carol Channing how to vamp, for Channing's new musical Vamp! … Read More
1961 66 Years Old Died on February 17, 1961.
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