Alla Nazimova was a silent screen star who lived large in Hollywood. One day in film class we were threading up the projector to screen Garbo’s CAMILLE – when what we saw was this:
Fascinating screen vamp Nazimova beguiling Rudolph Valentino. When the roles dried up Nazimova turned her home, already reputed to be a party house into a complex she dubbed, The Garden of Allah – a place where everybody stayed. F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Greta Garbo, Marlene Deitrich, Humphrey Bogart, etc.