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Nazimova: A Biography Hardcover – April 7, 1997
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This book provides a completely different picture of the woman behind the name. Her horrendous treatment as a child definitely molded her personality. An extremely talented actress, she earned her stardom on stage, screen and then stage again, inspiring many of the greatest playwrites of the early 20th century to write plays, many for her.
The author reveals much of Nazimova's sadness and disappointment in her personal life and career, her gullibility when it came to trusting friends with her money, and the vast number of women and the few men with whom she had love affairs.
Through exhaustive research of Nazimova's voluminous but unfinished (and unpublished) autobiography, interveiws with the few living persons who met her, and the letters and memoirs of a vast number of acquaintances and co-workers, the author has constructed a fascinating portrayal of a fragile, brilliant, yet tempermental child-woman who may well have been the greatest actress of at least the first half of the twentieth century.
Readers will be surprised to read the rave accounts of Nazimova's unparalleled talent her from Truman Capote, Ibsen, Shaw and Katherine Hepburn, as well as the doting love and companionship showered on the elderly Nazimova by her godaughter Nancy Davis, later Nancy Reagan.
I highly recommend this book to those who love silent films and bizzare, talented personalities.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this book, but I've always been fascinated with silent film actors and strong, unique personalities from that era. It's great for fans of old films.Published 9 months ago by Janice Boyette
Excellent in depth book on Alla Nazimova.Highly recommended!! If your interested in the silents= this would be a good book for your collection.Published 17 months ago by Intime
Alla Nazimova occupies an interesting niche in the history of theatre and film. She was virtually the last of the great international star ladies like Bernhardt and Duse who... Read morePublished 19 months ago by krebsman
A very good and well researched look into the life of an amazing and too often forgotten star of stage and screen as well as owner of an incredible place to live in the hey-day of... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by S M Senden
Would the person who identified themself as a grandaughter of Allah please contact me? I am also supposedly related to Alla, a cousin doing a family search. Read morePublished on June 12, 2006 by Dan Rifkin