Nazimova by Gavin Lambert
A Biography

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major rediscovery, this full-scale biography profiles Nazimova, the electrifying Russian-born actress who brought Stanislavsky and Chekhov to American theatre--a legend of the stage and screen for 50 years, and then strangely forgotten. With exclusive access to her unpublished memoirs, letters, and notes, Lambert gives readers a brilliant portrait of this extraordinary woman. 120 photos.
 

About Gavin Lambert

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Gavin Lambert was born and educated in England. He coedited the film magazine Sequence with Lindsay Anderson, was the editor of Sight and Sound and wrote film criticism for The Sunday Times and The Guardian. He is the author of four biographies—On Cukor, Norma Shearer, Nazimova and Mainly About Lindsay Anderson—and seven novels, among them, The Slide Area and The Goodbye People. His screenplays include The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, the Oscar-nominated Sons and Lovers and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published April 7, 1997 by Knopf. 420 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Lambert paints a juicy portrait of Tinseltown's sexual underground, with its marriages of convenience, and depicts with sympathy Nazimova's relationships with various ``protegÇes.'' He is less thorough on her triumphant return to the stage in 1928 in The Cherry Orchard, nor does he do much better...

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While playing the neurotic 29-year-old Hedda Gabler in 1936, Alla Nazimova, then 57, complained that age was getting to her: ""I feel 50 years old!"" Yet she had lovers (of both genders) in their 20s.

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