Nazimova: A Biography

Russian-born actress, director, and producer Alla Nazimova was a woman of many achievements who is not often discussed today. She was instrumental in bringing Stanislavksy and Chekov to American theater and was also a regular performer on stage and screen.

In Nazimova: A Biography, author Gavin Lambert consults with Nazimova’s unpublished memories, letters, and notes in order to write a fascinating account of her life, true to her perspective. In addition to depictions of her forthcoming nature regarding a career in the theater, Lambert also relates her film career and impact as one of the highest-paid actresses of the Silent Era and one of the first to develop the image of the foreign sophisticate. Moreover, her off-screen endeavors are also explored, such as her work in writing, directing, and producing her own films.

Behind the scenes, Nazimova also had a highly complicated and dramatic personal life with tensions among her family, friends, and an assortment of lovers. Lambert offers a worthy portrayal of Nazimova as a complicated, glamorous, and notable woman, filled with determination.


Nazimova: A Biography is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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