Russian-born Alla Nazimova was a star of stage and screen for 40 years.
Nazimova came to the United States in 1905 by way of Berlin and London. Her debut in New York was in a small upstairs theater on the East Side, but she was quickly "discovered" by the Shubert brothers who catapulted her to stardom.
In theaters here and abroad she soon became a sensation in roles created by Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekhov, and later those of such American dramatists as Eugene O'Neill and Pearl Buck.
Inevitably she was claimed by Hollywood, where her early silent motion pictures numbered such successes as "War Brides," "Salome" and "Madonna of the Streets." In 1928 she returned to Broadway with triumphant performances in Ibsen's "Ghosts" and "Hedda Gabler" and O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra."
Later she revived her interest in films, appearing in "The Bridge of San Luis Rey," "In Our Time" and "Since You Went Away."