Garden of Alla: The Alla Nazimova Story @ Theatre West

(photo by Lorca Peress)

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Alla Nazimova was one of a kind. Mostly forgotten now, she was a force to be reckoned with in the early days of the film industry—that is Silent Movies. The Russian-born actress, coming off her Broadway successes, negotiated her own contract with Metro Pictures in 1917 that paid her $13,000 a week in the era of no income tax. She made a ton of money for Metro and for herself, often writing and directing her films using male identities since those jobs really weren’t for women in Hollywood’s thinking at the time. Read more…