Naldi: American silent film actress
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Legends – Nita Naldi
were all as blind as bats. Theda Bara couldn't see a foot ahead
of her and poor Rudy (Valentino) groped his way through many a
love scene and I really mean groped. They all used big reflectors
to get extra light from the sun - that's how we acquired that
interesting Oriental look. We didn't have any censors in those
days, but we did have our own bosoms and our own eyelashes... And
we never took ourselves seriously.
Naldi (April 1, 1897 – February 17, 1961) was an American
silent film actress. One of the most successful actresses in
Hollywood during the "Roaring Twenties", she was often
cast in the role of the "femme fatale"/"vamp",
a persona first popularized by actress Theda Bara.
in 1919 by actor John Barrymore, Nita soon took Hollywood by
storm. With her sultry, exotic looks, she was immediately snapped
up for a Paramount Pictures contract.
appeared in her first film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1920 at
Barrymore's request. Initially, Nita was often cast in the role
of the vamp; a sort of paean to earlier Hollywood star and rival
Theda Bara. It was an on-screen persona that Naldi would
capitalize on during her years in the film industry.
most memorable role came when she was teamed with Italian screen
idol Rudolph Valentino in the enormous 1922 hit Blood and Sand.
The pairing of the overtly seductive duo was so appealing to the
public that Naldi was Valentino's co-star in two more films:
1924's A Sainted Devil, and Cobra in 1925. Naldi traveled to
Europe in 1924 and spent part of her trip in Paris being fitted
for costumes for The Hooded Falcon another film in which she was
to co-star with Valentino. The film never started production and
all that survive are posed costume stills of Valentino. No shots
of Naldi in costume are known to exist. Naldi was often referred
to by the press as the "Female Valentino". Naldi would
become close friends with Valentino and Rambova. Later, she would
star in What Price Beauty? (1925), a film that Valentino's wife
Natacha Rambova had written and produced (financed by S. George
Ullman who was the Valentino's manager). While the film would be
given a delayed, limited release, it is noteworthy for being
actress Myrna Loy's first screen appearance.
her career's peak, Naldi appeared in the colossal 1923 epic film
The Ten Commandments, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Nita Naldi
appeared in one of legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock's
first directorial efforts, 1926's The Mountain Eagle. She is
often credited, mistakenly, as appearing in Hitchcock's The
would spend the mid-1920s appearing opposite such popular actors
as of the era as: Leatrice Joy, Conrad Nagel, Maurice Costello,
Rod La Rocque, Dorothy Gish, Norma Shearer and Bebe Daniels. She
would make her last appearance onscreen in the 1929 Austrian film
Pratermizzi opposite Czech actress Anny Ondra.
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