Stage actress and screenwriter. (imdb.com)
Partner was Charles Bryant. [1912-1925] (imdb.com)
Aunt of director Val Lewton. (imdb.com)
Born to a Jewish family in Yalta, Ukraine. (imdb.com)
Godmother of actress and first lady Nancy Davis Reagan. (imdb.com)
With her film career flourishing, she bought an imposing California Spanish home at 8080 Sunset Blvd., building a pool and landscaping the property`s 3-1/2 acres. Named The Garden of Allah, the place became a popular place for the Hollywood elite. Eventually she lost the property, and when it became a residential hotel she took a small room in the house that had once been her home.
Lived on the corner of Sunset Blvd. and North Crescent Heights Blvd. in what is now West Hollywood.
Considered the supreme interpreter of Henrik Ibsen of her day.
Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Whispering Pines section.
Known during her heyday simply as "Nazimova."
Born in Yalta, Crimea, in 1879, Mariam Edez Adelaida Leventon was the third child in an abusive, contentious household. Most of her sad childhood was spent in foster homes or in the care of other relatives and she showed a strong penchant for outrageous behavior to cope. Nazimova also showed a great aptitude for music at a young age and began violin lessons at age seven. She changed her name to Alla Nazimova when she began appearing on stage at the insistence of her father to protect the family name, as "performing" was not considered respectable at the time.
godmother of Nancy Reagan
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