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The Russian In Hollywood.

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Alla Nazimova, born in the Crimea in 1879 she was an actress, this photograph above is from the 1921 silent film ‘Camille’ where she played opposite Rudolph Valentino she played the role of courtesan Marguerite Gautier.

Nazimova is an interesting character she married for thirteen years to Chales Bryant  but openly conducted relationships with women.  It is believed that Nazimova coined the phrase “sewing circle” as code to refer to lesbian or bisexual actresses of her day who concealed their true sexuality.

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