Nazimova, 1879-1945

Alternative names
Birth 1879-05-22
Death 1945-07-13

Biographical notes:

Actress; born Adelaide Leventon; also known as Alla Nazimova.

From the description of Nazimova collection, 1877-1988. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82680687

Biographical Note

  • 1879, June 4: Born Adelaide Leventon, Yalta, Russia
  • 1896: Enrolled in the dramatic school of the Philharmonic Society, Moscow, Russia
  • 1898: Studied acting with Stanislavsky; member of stock company, Moscow Art Theatre
  • circa 1904: Joined Paul Orleneff'sSt. Petersburg Players, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1905: American stage debut with Paul Orleneff'sSt. Petersburg Players in The Chosen People, Herald Square Theatre, New York, N.Y.
  • 1906: Stage debut in English in Hedda Gabler, Princess Theatre, New York, N.Y.
  • 1915: Toured on the Keith vaudeville circuit
  • 1916: Appeared in first film, War Brides
  • 1918: Signed a motion picture contract with Metro Pictures Corporation
  • 1921: Produced and acted in film Camille
  • 1922: Produced and acted in film adaptation of Oscar Wilde'sSalomé and of Henrik Ibsen'sA Doll's House
  • 1928: Joined Eva Le Galliene'sCivic Repertory Co.
  • 1929: Joined the Theatre Guild
  • 1944: Acted in last films, including The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • 1945, July 13: Died, Hollywood, Calif.

From the guide to the Nazimova Collection, 1877-1988, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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