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Alla Nazimova. Russian Queen of Hollywood

Alla Nazimova. Russian Queen of Hollywood

Alla Nazimova. Russian Queen of Hollywood

Alla Nazimova (Алла Назимова) is a great and very bright Russian star of Hollywood silent films and theater, a screenwriter, and film producer.
She was born in Yalta, Crimea, in 1879, Russian Empire (now Crimea, Ukraine)
She was born Miriam Edez Adelaida Leventon in Jewish family. Her family was dysfunctional and after her parents’ separation Alla had to live in boarding schools, foster homes, and relatives.
She was very interested in theater and took acting lessons at the Academy of Acting in Moscow.
And by 1903 she was a major star in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
In 1905 Alla and her boyfriend Pavel Orlenev (actor and producer) moved to New York City. She made her Broadway debut and quickly became extremely popular.

Nazimova made her silent film debut in 1916.
In 1918, Nazimova began producing and writing films in which she also starred.
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. 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).

A. Nazimova - Russian Queen of Hollywood

A. Nazimova – Russian Queen of Hollywood

In 1899 she married Sergei Golovin, a fellow actor, but the marriage was “in name only”.
From 1912 to 1925 Nazimova lived in a “lavender marriage” with Charles Bryant (1879–1948), a New York actor.
Nazimova lived with Glesca Marshall from 1929 until her death in 1945.
In 1921, Nazimova was made godmother to future U.S. First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan, and was also the aunt of American film producer Val Lewton.
She died of a coronary thrombosis, age 66. Her ashes were interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

A. Nazimova - Russian Queen of Hollywood

A. Nazimova – Russian Queen of Hollywood

The American silent movie “Silent Life” (Vlad Kozlov, Isabella Rossellini et al) based on the life of Rudolph Valentino, where Nazimova has been played by Galina Jovovich, (also known as the mother of Milla Jovovich) is expected to be released in 2012.

A. Nazimova - Russian Queen of Hollywood

A. Nazimova – Russian Queen of Hollywood

Charlie Chaplin and Alla Nazimova, in September 1919. They say, their love story led to the divorce Chaplin and Mildred Harris.

Charlie Chaplin and Alla Nazimova

Charlie Chaplin and Alla Nazimova

Alla Nazimova. Russian Queen of Hollywood


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