Nita Naldi

Born Nov 13, 1894

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 1 More Event
By 1918 she debuted on Broadway as a chorus girl at the Winter Garden in "The Passing Show of 1918."
1920 25 Years Old Brady cast her in his play Opportunity in 1920. … Read More
1924 29 Years Old In 1924 the Valentinos and Naldi traveled to France in order to do research for the film The Hooded Falcon which was never made. … Read More


1926 31 Years Old After finishing the Dorothy Gish film Clothes Make the Pirate, Naldi left for France for a short vacation, where she married J. Searle Barclay during this time. Despite multiple rumors that she had retired, Naldi began work on several films, including Alfred Hitchcock's second directorial effort, 1926's The Mountain Eagle. … Read More
1929 34 Years Old In 1929, seven years 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 August 1929 on a visit to France. … Read More
1932 37 Years Old Due to the financial reversals caused by her retirement from films, as well as the Depression, 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.


1955 60 Years Old In 1955, she coached Carol Channing how to vamp, for Channing's new musical The Vamp. … Read More
1956 61 Years Old Despite rumors, Naldi claimed to have never been romantic with either Valentino or Barrymore. In 1956 she was rumored to be engaged to a Park Avenue man named Larry Hall, but no union took place. … Read More
1961 66 Years Old Died on February 17, 1961.
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