Alla Nazimova

Alla Nazimova

Aunt of producer Val Lewton.

Born to a Jewish family in Yalta, Ukraine.

Breast-cancer survivor.

Considered the supreme interpreter of Henrik Ibsen of her day.

Godmother of actress and first lady Nancy Davis Reagan.

Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Whispering Pines section.

Known during her heyday simply as "Nazimova."

Lived on the corner of Sunset Blvd. and North Crescent Heights Blvd. in what is now West Hollywood.

Partner was Charles Bryant. [1912-1925]

Stage actress and screenwriter.

With her film career flourishing, she bought an imposing California Spanish home at 8080 Sunset Blvd., building a pool and landscaping the property's 3-1/2 acres. Named The Garden of Allah, the place became a popular place for the Hollywood elite. Eventually she lost the property, and when it became a residential hotel she took a small room in the house that had once been her home.