Photo and letter from Harry Ellerbe, who worked with Alla Nazimova on Broadway in 1936

We recently heard from Mari Lyn Henry, founder of the Society for the Preservation of Theatrical History which stemmed out of her many years of research and advocacy on behalf of forgotten artists who had a major impact on the development of theatre, especially in New York. It brings together historical scholarship on the people, circumstances and societal forces that shaped the modern era and allows these innovative and important voices to be heard again by today’s audiences.

She wanted to share with us a couple of mementos that she acquired through researching the life and career of Alla Nazimova. This photo and letter come from Harry Ellerbe who co-starred on Broadway with Nazimova in a 1936 production of Ibsen’s Ghosts.

This is a rare first-hand account of what it was like to work with Nazimova. She really does sound extraordinary…not that we expected anything less.

Harry Ellerbe’s listed on the Broadway Internet Database.

Alla as Mrs. Alving in Ghosts

Letter from Harry Ellerby about working with Alla Nazimova, July 29th, 1977

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