Podcasts: Martin Turnbull Interviewed about Nazimova and the Garden of Allah
Alla Nazimova Society co-founder Martin Turnbull was interviewed recently by the Kim Cooper and Richard Schave, the folks behind Esotouric and the Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) about Alla Nazimova and the Garden of Allah. You can listen to the podcast through the Los Angele Magazine website. Update: Esotouric has released their second podcast interview […]
Book Events for ‘Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide’ Scheduled for West Hollywood, Parker’s West Coast Home
Dorothy Parker is so closely associated with New York that it is often forgotten that she lived at the Garden of Allah and elsewhere around town — in fact, for a brief while, she owned one of those tiny houses on Norma Place — off and on from the mid-1930s through the 1960s. So it […]
Photo of Edith Luckett, Nazimova’s Lifelong Friend, Nancy Reagan’s Mother
Alla Nazimova took young Edith Luckett under her wing when Edith was starting her career on Broadway in the very early 20th century. Later, Edith asked Alla to be the godmother of her daughter, the future first lady, Nancy Reagan.
  • Rambova | Nov 21, 2013
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Solved! Mystery of the Missing Model
The scale model of the Garden of Allah Hotel created around the time of the hotel’s demise is alive and well and living in West Hollywood
One of the objectives of the Alla Nazimova Society is to identify and locate artifacts related to the legacy of Madame Nazimova. Among the items at the top of this list is a scale model of the Garden of Allah Hotel, which was once displayed in the bank building that now occupies the property where […]
After acquiring a mansion at 8080 Sunset Blvd. (or 8152 Sunset, depending on who’s counting) in 1918, Alla Nazimova spent six years living in the home she somewhat facetiously dubbed “The Garden of Alla” (referring to an enormously popular 1904 novel The Garden of Allah by Robert Smythe Hichens). What is rarely mentioned is that […]
  • Martin Turnbull | Oct 11, 2013
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Camille ‘a la’ Nazimova from Creme de la Creme
Inge Gregusch, editor of Creme de la Creme: film, fashion & frivolity, has published a wonderful essay with photos on Alla Nazimova’s “Camille,” one of the last movies Nazimova made for Metro Pictures, and the first and only film she made with Rudolph Valentino. The essay, “Camille ‘a la’ Nazimova,” is published in two parts […]
Then and Now: Proposed Towers on Garden of Allah Site on the Sunset Strip, 1930 Vs. Today
Cross-posted from Playground to the Stars. Plans were unveiled this week for redeveloping the former Garden of Allah Hotel property on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. The plans show a couple of high-rise buildings, including a 12 story tower. Here’s the project description from the developer’s website:
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CA California Home+Design: ‘Silent Film Star’s Legacy Turned L.A. Strip Mall’
Earlier this year, CA California Home+Design published an article about the demise of the Garden of Allah Hotel. The money quote came from Martin Turnbull, author of the Garden of Allah novels and Alla Nazimova Society co-founder: “It became a magnet for a certain type of person,” says Martin Turnbull, a novelist who has extensively […]
“Alla Nazimova, my aunt; a personal memoir” by Lucy Olga Lewton
"Alla Nazimova, my aunt; a personal memoir" by Lucy Olga LewtonIf you have any information on this book, especially if you have a photo of the cover, please let us know.