Nita Naldi
Actress
Nita Naldi
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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BLOOD AND SAND Review - Rudolph Valentino, Nita Naldi, Lila Lee - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Also, although Gallardo is all-powerful when up against a 1000-pound raging bull, he is helpless under the spell of a wicked woman, the infamous Dona Sol (Nita Naldi). What is implied is that an evil woman's love can be as deadly as a savage beast
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CROSSWORD MEMO; What's in a Name? Five Letters or Less
NYTimes - almost 14 years
IN an interview in Newsweek in January, Norman Mailer revealed that he solves The New York Times crossword every day. ''You have to understand,'' he explained, ''this is how I comb my brain every morning.'' He added that he is surprised his name doesn't appear in puzzles more often. ''I'm hurt that I'm never in one of them,'' he said in the
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Guadalupe Journal; Under the Dunes, a City by DeMille
NYTimes - about 26 years
A phar aoh's nose has been unearthed in the dunes here. And that is not all that has been uncovered at the site, near Highway 1 about 70 miles north of Santa Barbara, where Cecil B. DeMille filmed his epic "The Ten Commandments" for Paramount Pictures in 1923. Archeologists and other experts have found several pieces of plaster statues from the
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TOPICS OF THE TIMES; Primeval Hollywood
NYTimes - over 26 years
To Hollywood, the biblical deserts are in California and biblical times were well within this century. Now there's also a Hollywood version of archeology. In the desert near Guadalupe, Calif., 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, an intrepid crew has set out to dig up the site of Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Ten Commandments." No, not the 1956
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HE LOOKS AFTER WHAT IS LEFT BEHIND
NYTimes - about 30 years
Nothing he studied at St. John's University Law School prepared Bruno Cappellini for becoming the temporary caretaker of a stable of racehorses. Or of the costume jewelry of Nita Naldi, a vamp of the silent screen. Or of a drug-ridden brownstone on the Upper West Side of Manhattan used as a ''crack house.'' When the owners of those properties died,
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ALSO KNOWN AS KAILA
NYTimes - almost 35 years
BRONX PRIMITIVE Portraits in a Childhood. By Kate Simon. 179 pp. New York: The Viking Press. $13.95. KATE SIMON grew up Jewish in the Tremont Avenue section of the Bronx, having been brought there by her young immigrant parents direct from the Warsaw Ghetto, with only a brief stopover on the Lower East Side. It was soon after World War I and Kaila,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nita Naldi
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1961
    Age 66
    Died on February 17, 1961.
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  • 1956
    Age 61
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Naldi had no children.
  • 1955
    Age 60
    In 1955, she coached Carol Channing how to vamp, for Channing's new musical The Vamp.
    More Details Hide Details Channing would be nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for that role. Naldi spent her final years in New York City. where she died of a heart attack in her apartment little over three months after her 66th birthday. She was buried in the family plot at Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York. For her contribution to the film industry, Nita Naldi was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6316 Hollywood Blvd.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1952
    Age 57
    In 1952, she had a notable role in the play In Any Language, co-starring the legendary stage actress Uta Hagen.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1942
    Age 47
    In 1942, Naldi was considered for For Whom the Bell Tolls but did not receive the part.
    More Details Hide Details She never made another film. That same year she began appearing in a revue in New York with Mae Murray reciting the 1897 poem "A Fool There Was" in full kitsch.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1933
    Age 38
    She went back to the stage with Queer People and The Firebird in 1933.
    More Details Hide Details The press had been critical of her weight since 1924, but reviews to her appearances in both plays were especially harsh this time around—so harsh in fact that Naldi filed suit against one paper in 1934 for $500,000. The suit was dismissed in 1938.
  • 1932
    Age 37
    Due to the financial reversals caused by her retirement from films, as well as the Depression, Naldi filed bankruptcy in 1932.
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  • 1929
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Naldi returned to the United States in 1931, alone, and filed for bankruptcy two years later. Naldi did not speak of Barclay until after his death in 1945. He died penniless.
  • 1926
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She is often mistakenly credited for appearing in Hitchcock's The Pleasure Garden. Naldi made two films in France and one in Italy before retiring. Despite having an acceptable voice, Naldi never made a talkie.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1924
    Age 29
    In 1924 the Valentinos and Naldi traveled to France in order to do research for the film The Hooded Falcon which was never made.
    More Details Hide Details Upon returning to California, the duo made Cobra. The film was not well received, and Cobra became the last film that both Naldi and Valentino starred together. The Valentinos' marriage was ending around this time. After Valentino signed a contract with United Artists, he banned Rambova from the set. She was given her own film as a consolation. Naldi starred in Rambova's production What Price Beauty? (1925). The film suffered distribution problems, was barely noted at the time, but is noteworthy for being actress Myrna Loy's first screen appearance.
  • 1920
    Age 25
    Brady cast her in his play Opportunity in 1920.
    More Details Hide Details Naldi was asked to perform in a short film with Scottish comedian Johnny Dooley (no relation). She quit the film after realizing that Dooley had romantic intentions with another woman. She was then offered a role in A Divorce of Convenience with Owen Moore. After those two films, she had small roles in several independent films before being selected for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with John Barrymore. The role in the film would give Naldi much prestige. During the production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Barrymore and Naldi became friends, and stayed friends for many years, with Barrymore lovingly calling her the Dumb Duse. Naldi was selected by Spanish author Vicente Blasco Ibáñez for the role of Dona Sol in film version of his novel, Blood and Sand (1922). Naldi was signed by Famous Players-Lasky for the role, and it became her first pairing with screen idol Rudolph Valentino; the film was a major success, for it gave Naldi the image of a vamp, which would follow her for the rest of her life. Naldi and Valentino were never romantic, and she would be one of the few to befriend his wife Natacha Rambova though that friendship would sour when the Valentinos divorced.
  • 1918
    Age 23
    Her appearance in "The Passing Show of 1918" led to more stage jobs, and soon Naldi found herself in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1918 and 1919.
    More Details Hide Details At this time she changed her name to "Nita Naldi," which was an homage to a childhood friend named Florence Rinaldi. She continued working on Broadway, and after a well received performance in "The Bonehead," Naldi was offered a stint with well-known producer William A. Brady.
    By 1918 she debuted on Broadway as a chorus girl at the Winter Garden in "The Passing Show of 1918."
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1910
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her father left the family in 1910, and her mother died in 1915. The latter event left her to care for her two teenage siblings, which forced Naldi to seek work. She took several odd jobs, including artists' model and cloak model. Eventually she entered vaudeville with her brother Frank.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1894
    Born
    Born on November 13, 1894.
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