The Sewing Circle (Part 2)

This pet project is just my opinion based on the lifestyles of the subjects profiled.

Sewing Circle is a phrase used to describe the underground, closeted lesbian and bisexual film actresses and their relationships in Hollywood, particularly during Hollywood’s golden age from the 1910s to the 1950s.  The actress Alla Nazimova coined this usage.  Some of the actresses that I will be profiling in this series were rumored or admitted lesbians.  The remainder were childless and/or unmarried throughout their lives.  Since women can have several reasons for not having children, this does not prove anything.  Decide for yourself.

NOTE:  I am only profiling actresses who were prominent enough in their day to have a relatively detailed Wikipedia page (including a photo.)  There are many more secondary and character actresses who could be added to the list. 

As we know, fewer women have children than at any other time in recorded history.  Still, between the years 2006 and 2010, 6 percent of women ages 40-44 had no children (biological, adopted, or stepchildren) in their house.  It’s a small percentage, but it’s statistically significant since, in 1988, only 4.5 percent of married women were childless.  Also, based on a 2013 study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1.5 percent of women self-identify as lesbian and 0.9 percent as bisexual.  These numbers certainly don’t jive with Hollywood women (and the men they were married to.)  Is it any wonder then that Tinsel Town pushes the LGBTQ agenda?  From the very beginning, the mainstream entertainment industry has been a pro-gay and anti-family institution.

Here’s where we stand (statistically) after Part Onew


ddddAlla Nazimova (1879-1945) was a Russian actress who immigrated to the United States in 1905.  She was born Miriam Edez Adelaida Leventon, the youngest of three children of Jewish parents.  We are given the usual sob story about the divorce of her parents causing the shuffling of Alla among boarding schools and foster homes.  Despite these hardscrabble beginnings, she was a major star in Moscow by the age of 23.  Even though this ingenue could not speak English, Alla moved with her “flamboyant” boyfriend to New York City in 1905, where they founded a Russian-language theater on the Lower East Side.  She learned to speak English in six months and immediately became a major Broadway star.  Nazimova made her silent film debut in 1916.  In 1917 she negotiated a contract that included a weekly salary of $13,000 ($280,000 adjusted for inflation.)

From 1912 to 1925 Nazimova maintained a “lavender marriage” with Charles Bryant, a British-born actor.  When Bryant married another woman and listed his current marital status as “single” on the marriage license, the revelation that the marriage between Alla and Charles had been a sham from the beginning embroiled Nazimova in a scandal that damaged her career.  Women that Nazimova is confirmed to have been romantically  involved with include Rudolph Valentino’s first wife, Jean Acker (Part 1,) film director Dorothy Arzner, writer Mercedes de Acosta, and Oscar Wilde’s niece, Dolly Wilde.


Another of Nazimova’s confirmed lovers was Eva Le Gallienne (1899-1991) a British-born American stage actress, producer, director, and author.  Noted for her boldness and idealism, she became a pioneering figure in the American Repertory Movement.  Her father was an English poet of French descent, and her mother was a Danish journalist.  La Gallienne never hid her lesbianism inside the acting community, but reportedly was never comfortable with her sexuality.


Alla Nazimova took young Edith Luckett (pictured) under her wing when Edith was starting her career on Broadway.  Later, Edith asked Alla to be the godmother of her daughter, the future First Lady, Nancy Reagan.

Nazimova’s lifestyle gave rise to widespread rumors of outlandish and allegedly debauched parties at her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, known as “The Garden of Alla.”

Meet the V.A.M.P.S. (Very Averse to Male Penile Secretions)

At the turn of the century, the combination of women’s liberation and the erotic potential of cinema produced a female archetype known as the “vamp,” a new breed of woman who burned fast and bright in the big city, doing as she pleased.  None of the prominent actresses who took on these roles as seductress and devourer of men ever pro-created in real life.  At least, not to our knowledge.


Valeska Suratt (left) Dubbed “The Vampire Woman” on the silent screen, began her wicked ways on film in 1915.  The “flapper age” put an end to her obsolete vampy style and she was forced to retire in the late 1920s.  She is now all but forgotten.  Valeska Suratt married twice but had no children.

Virginia Pearson (center) was an American stage and film actress.  She made fifty-one films in a career which extended from 1910 until 1932.  In her silent heyday, she was known as “the screen’s heretic” and reigned along with Theda Bara, Louise Glaum, and Valeska Suratt as Hollywood’s most notorious vamps.  Yes, childless.

Louise Glaum (right) Called “The Spider Woman” or “The Tiger Woman” as one of the silent screen’s most infamous and exotic vamps.  As the vamp fad began to outstay its welcome, her popularity also declined.  In 1916, she and director Harry J. Edwards were married.  They were divorced in 1919.  She then married Zachary Harris in 1926, and they remained married until his death in 1964.  Neither marriage produced offspring.


Theda Bara (born Theodosia Burr Goodman, 1885-1955) was one of cinema’s earliest sex symbols.  Her femme fatale roles earned her the nickname The Vamp.  Her father, Bernard Goodman, was a prosperous Jewish tailor born in Poland.  For unknown reasons, Theda was named after the daughter of U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr.

After studio publicists noted that her name was an anagram of Arab death, they billed her as the Egyptian-born daughter of a French actress.  They claimed she had spent her early years in the Sahara Desert under the shadow of the Sphinx.  They called her the Serpent of the Nile and encouraged her to discuss mysticism and the occult in interviews.  Bara married British born American film director Charles Brabin in 1921.  Theda appears to have had the “Mommy’s Curse.”

We Now Return to Regular PROGRAMMING


Margaret Illington (left) was an American stage and film actress.  After her film and theater career were over, she settled down as the wife of Major Edward Bowes, her second husband whom she married in 1910.  There were no children with either husband.

Cleo Madison (center) was a theatrical and silent film actress, screenwriter, producer, and director who worked heavily in early Hollywood in a career spanning from the late 1910s to the mid-1920s.  After leaving the film industry, she lived her remaining (childless) years with her husband, Don Peake.

Lottie Briscoe (right) was an American stage and screen actress who appeared in over 94 motion pictures.  Her first husband Henry McRae Webster was a director of some note before he was sued over the unauthorized use of nude models in one of his movies.  She married a second (childless) time.


Stella Adams (left) Although Adams appeared in only 12 feature films, she acted in almost 150 shorts during the silent era, mostly in starring or featured roles.  Adams was involved in one (childless) marriage.

Polly Moran (center) was an American actress of vaudeville, stage, and screen.  After a marriage that ended in divorce in 1917, Moran married again in 1933.  She had one child who was adopted between her two unions.  Gossip suggested he was her son by a black or Hispanic lover.

Elsie Ferguson (right) was born the only child of prominent lawyer Hiram Benson Ferguson.  Due to her father’s wealth, hers was a privileged childhood.  Well known as difficult to work with, temperamental, and argumentative, she married four times.  Since she died with no heirs, she left a large part of her considerable estate to animal charities.


bbbBlanche Friderici (1878-1933) was married to her only husband when she died childless at the age of 55.



bbbbbbbGeraldine Farrar (1882-1967) was an American soprano opera singer, and film actress noted for “the intimate timbre of her voice.”  She had a large following among young women, who were nicknamed “Gerry-flappers.”  Her only marriage was to actor Lou Tellegen.  Tellegen reportedly committed suicide by stabbing himself to death with a pair of sewing scissors while standing in front of a full-length mirror.  When asked to comment on Tellegen’s death, Geraldine Farrar replied, “Why should that interest me?”  In 1967, Farrar died childless at the age of 85.

Is it odd that she looks like a man yet sang soprano?  Not really.

castrato is a type of classical male singing voice equivalent to that of a soprano. The voice is produced by castration of the singer before puberty.  Castration before puberty (or in its early stages) prevents a boy’s larynx from being transformed by the normal physiological events of puberty. As a result, the vocal range of prepubescence (shared by both sexes) is largely retained, and the voice develops into adulthood in a unique way. Prepubescent castration for this purpose diminished greatly in the late 18th century and was made illegal in Italy in 1870.


Truly Shattuck (1875-1954) was a soubrette star of vaudeville, Broadway, and film.  In 1894 Truly’s mother Jane Shattuck murdered her boyfriend after she had admitted to her mother that she had spent the night with a Harry Poole (get it?)  Jane Shattuck then lured Mr. Poole to her bedroom by having Truly compose a letter stating that her mother was on her deathbed. When Poole showed up, he assured Jane that he would make amends by making Truly his wife.  The next instant a pistol shot rang out.  Truly rushed into the room to find Poole lying on the floor dying (in a Poole of his blood, no doubt.)  Jane Shattuck was hysterical and declared she had killed Poole because he had taken her “baby girl.”  Jane was ultimately acquitted of the crime.


We can see where Truly gets her handsome good looks.  In 1899, Truly Shattuck wed Stephen A. Douglas, and according to the press, they spent very little time together over their marriage.  Douglas was granted a divorce in 1914 some four years after he filed on the grounds of desertion.

yyyyyKate Lester (born Sarah Cody 1857-1924) was an English theatrical and silent film actress.  Her family had been well known for some five hundred years. One of her ancestors, Sir William Butts, was the medical doctor to King Henry VIII.  She was never married.

yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyIrene Rooke (1874-1958) was an English theatre and film actress.  She was the daughter of a prominent London journalist. Rooke was married twice but had no children.




Alison Skipworth (born Alison Mary Elliott Margaret Groom 1863-1952) was an English stage and screen actress.  Nicknamed “Skippy,” she was involved in one (childless) marriage.


The Drag Kings


Vesta Tilley (1864-1952) became Britain’s most popular male impersonator in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tilley, whose real name is Matilda Alice Victoria Powers, eventually took her act to the U.S. in 1894, performing in major cities like New York City and Chicago. During World War I, Tilley teamed up with her husband who wrote patriotic songs for her to perform as ‘Tommy in the Trench’ and ‘Jack Tar Home from Sea.’  Tilley performed songs like “The Army of Today’s All Right” and ‘Jolly Good Luck to the Girl who Loves a Soldier.’ These portrayals are how she got the nickname ‘Britain’s best recruiting sergeant.’  This effort got both of them knighted.  She could do this since she had no fear that her non-existent children would ever die in a war.

Ella Shields (1879-1952) Though American-born, Shields achieved her most significant  success in England at about the same time as Vesta Tilley.  Shields became a prominent male impersonator in Britain’s music hall scene, often performing in male military attire.  It is very likely Julie Andrews used Ella Shields as her role model for ‘Victor’ in the film and stage musical, Victor/Victoria.

vAnnie Hindle was the first popular male impersonator in the United States.  She was born in the mid-1840s to unknown parents.  Her first marriage was to singer  Charles Vivian, and it lasted six months.  In 1886 Hindle married her dresser Annie Ryan while on tour through the mid-west.  Hindle dressed in male clothing and gave her name as Charles, and a Baptist minister performed the ceremony.


Maude Ewing Adams Kiskadden (11/11, 1872 – 1953), known professionally as Maude Adams, was an American actress who achieved her greatest success as the character Peter Pan.   Adams’s personality appealed to a broad audience and helped her become the most successful and highest-paid performer of her day, with a yearly income of more than one million dollars during her peak.

Adams was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Asanath Ann “Annie” (nee Adams) and James Henry Kiskadden. Adams’ mother was an actress, and her father died when she was young.  Adams once wrote of her father as having been a “gentile.”  On her mother’s side, Adams’s great-grandfather Platt Banker converted to Mormonism.  Adams was also a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland.   It is not clear whether she identified as a member of the Mormon church as her mother did. She was never baptized Presbyterian, although she attended a Presbyterian school.  Later in life, Adams took long sabbaticals in Catholic convents.  She never converted to Catholicism or discussed the topic in any interviews.  Her modest lifestyle, including the absence of any relationships with men, contributed to the virtuous and innocent public image which was promoted and reflected in her most successful roles. Biographers have concluded that Adams was a lesbian.  She had two long-term relationships that only ended upon her partners’ deaths: Lillie Florence, from the early 1890s until 1901, and Louise Boynton (1858–1951) from 1905 until 1951.  She is supposed to have had a romantic relationship with Spring Byington (part 1).  She died, aged 80 and Louise Boynton is buried alongside her.

We’ve still got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s move things along with some,

Quick Hits

Valli Valli (born Valli Knust, 1882-1927) was a silent film performer who descended from an old English family.  She died in 1927 at the age of 45, survived only by her husband.

Estelle Winwood (born Estelle Ruth Goodwin, 1883-1984) was an English stage and film actress who moved to the United States in mid-career.  Winwood was married four times, and she had no children by any of her marriages.  She was very good friends with confirmed lesbians Tallulah Bankhead and Eva Le Gallienne.

Madlaine Traverse (born Mary Businsky, 1875-1964) was an American stage and screen actress from Cleveland, Ohio.  She was a leading lady of the Fox Film Corporation in the second decade of the twentieth century.  Her only (you guessed it) marriage was to Max Traverse, who died in 1906.

Beulah Poynter (1883-1960) was an American author, playwright, and actress whose career touched on Broadway and Hollywood.  She was a paternal descendant of James Nevill, a veteran of the Revolutionary War from Virginia.  She was married three times, and you know the rest.

Mary Alden (1883-1946) was an American motion picture and stage actress.  She was one of the first Broadway actresses to work in Hollywood.  She never married.

Edna May Oliver (born Edna May Nutter, 11/9/83 – 11/9/42) During the 1930s, she was one of the better-known character actresses in American films.  She was a descendant of President John Adams and was married for three (unproductive) years.

Texas Guinan (1884-11/33) She loved publicity and frequently improvised facts about herself when she felt they made better stories than the truth.  Her catchphrase was, “Hello, Suckers!  Come on in and leave your wallet on the bar.”  She married and divorced three times though she never improvised a story involving children.

Fay Tincher (1884 – 1983) was an American comic actress in motion pictures of the silent film era.  Tincher inherited $25,000 ($374,000) from the will of Mrs. Julian Dick, who died from inhaling “illuminating gas” on 12/22/30.  Her husband, Captain Dick, was a member of the New York Cotton Exchange. He had been “accidentally” shot to death by a friend in 1922.  Tincher never married, but she “roomed” with a female writer named Maie B. Havey. (So Fay Maie B. Havey a lesbian lover.)

Olga Petrova (born Muriel Harding, 1884-11/3/77)  Olga became a highly popular diva through the 1910s starring in more than two dozen movies.  She also wrote several scripts and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Final score: Husbands 2 Children 0.

Lillian Worth (born Lillian Burgher Murphy, 1884-1952) She appeared in 58 films between 1913 and 1937.  Husbands 2 Children 0.

emily2Emily Stevens (1883-1928) was a stage and screen actress.  She appeared on celluloid for the first time at the age of 33 and in her final film aged 38.  Emily died in her New York apartment in 1928.  She was 45, unmarried, and childless.

The article shown above explains that Emily’s regular physician was unavailable for the holidays, so a Dr. Wilson was called to attend to her a week before her death.  He claimed to have found her in a “nervous state” so he administered “a hypodermic injection of a narcotic” to which she reportedly responded.  On the day of her death, Miss Stevens was found seated in a chair unconscious, so Miss Katharine Roberts, a publicity agent and several other friends of the actress were called.  “It was obvious that the condition of the actress was serious,” Miss Roberts said, “and Dr. Wilson was summoned.”  Miss Roberts and the other friends remained at the apartment until Miss Steven’s death.  Dr. Charles Norris, Medical Examiner, said there were indications that the actress had taken an overdose of a drug.  Dr. Wilson said, however, that pneumonia which developed after her lapse into a coma, probably had been the direct cause of death.

Why was a publicity agent the first person notified upon the discovery of an unconscious actress?  Why wasn’t an ambulance called?  And if she had lapsed into a coma causing her to develop pneumonia, why wasn’t she already in a hospital?  My best guess is that Emily Stevens was an addict, “Dr. Wilson” was her supplier, and her fatal overdose was covered-up.  Stevens was closely associated with her actress cousin Minnie Maddern Fiske (Part 1) who was widely considered the most important actress of the American stage in the first quarter of the 20th century.  Stevens’ died on Monday, was autopsied on Wednesday, and cremated on Friday.

emily3What a lame excuse.  Firstly, Fiske  would have had an understudy.  And secondly, what theater company is going to forbid their star from attending the funeral of not only a family member but a fellow actress?  The answer is they wouldn’t.  And what 45-year-old “frequently” expresses their “wishes” to be cremated or buried?

More Quick Hits

Linda Arvidson (1884-1949) was an American actress in silent films and the first wife of film director D.W. Griffith.  The pair married in 1906, separated in 1912, but didn’t divorce until 1936 when Griffith wished to remarry.  So essentially it was a 30-year long lavender “marriage.”  (Griffith never produced offspring.  Most of these “husbands” were likely gay.)

D.W. Griffith (on Douglas Fairbanks), “He has such verve.  He can use his body.”

D.W. Griffith (to Mary Pickford), “You’re too little and too fat, but I might give you a job.”

Florence Turner (1885-1946) was known as the “Vitagraph Girl” in early silent films.  She is considered to be one of the first film actors to achieve name recognition.  After appearing in more than 160 motion pictures, she died unmarried and childless.

Nella Walker (1886-1971) In 1931 her film career took off and her only childless marriage ended shortly after that.  Her last acting role was in the film “Sabrina” alongside Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn.  She died on 3/22.

Pauline Bush (1886-11/1/1969)  She was nicknamed “Madonna of the Movies.”  She was married to director Allan Dwan from 1915-1919, her only marriage.  (Dwan’s extraordinarily long career lasted from 1911-1961.  Alas, there were never any little Dwans to follow in his footsteps.)

Allan Dwan (on Douglas Fairbanks), “With him it always looks right.”

Mabel Ballin (born Mabel Croft, 1/1/1887-1958) She was married to her husband Hugo Ballin for four decades, but his last name appears to be a misnomer (at least around her.)

AND ON THAT NOTE, we’ll close out this edition.  Have I worn you out yet?  If you’ve been paying attention to the birth dates, we’re not even past 1887!  I promise you that eventually, I will begin to profile people you’ve heard of before.

See you next time.





55 thoughts on “The Sewing Circle (Part 2)

  1. Very interesting and some funny zingers…I especially liked “Tincher never married, but she “roomed” with a female writer named Maie B. Havey. (So Fay Maie B. Havey a lesbian lover.)” I also had no idea that VAMPS was an acronym….and what a perfect acronym to sum up the article.

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    1. Supposedly, she received 1,000 marriage proposals. She had a very good publicist. That comment is unfair to Lassie, she was sooooo cute. And faithful too.


      1. And I can’t remember the number of times Lassie saved Timmy from sure death or peril…that was one beautiful, fantastic dame….but even “she” wasn’t always played by a female dog…and I think we all know what a female dog is called.


      2. Were the proposals all from her agent? No slight intended towards Lassie, but they’d call her dog-rough around hereaways.


    1. You’re correct. I can see a resemblance. I don’t know what’s going on with those “Looks Like a Man” people. I just calls ’em like I sees ’em.


  2. they were just some rich and bored girls with nothing else to do in times where the majority of peoples had to work hard all day. Such life can lead to weird behavior. They also were the predecessors of today’s it-girls.


    1. Would you agree that they were rich and bored girls who were utilized to push an agenda? For example, those male impersonators were used to recruit young men to die in manufactured wars.

      Would you also agree that they were very selfish girls? How else to explain their lack of desire to share their looks, talent, and comfortable lifestyle with a future generation? I mean, they had enough money to hire nannies and housekeepers. Or, were they all in fact lesbians? If that’s the case what does it say about Hollywood’s hiring practices?


      1. I’m questioning all I learned about the wars. The first world war may really be the last real war though. I don’t think so many “young men” died” because of this “sewing” girls. I know lots of “middle class” people who in our times decided not to trouble themselves with children. Not everybody wishes to produce offspring. In fact, it is the standard of comfort which some fear to lose having parental responsibility. As for Hollywood’s hiring practices, we know it is a one big family there where new input is rare. I also assume this image of their lifestyle has been vastly exaggerated in the same way the image of today’s super rich is. By the way, did you read about Trump asking Putin what about all those killed journalists in Russia. Putin answer was: the same as with the killed presidents. lol.


        1. Yes, more women today are choosing not to have children (still only 6%.) It’s much easier to do with modern birth control methods and legal abortion. I showed in Part 1 that “Lysol” was still being used as birth control up until the 50s. These actresses “chose” not to have children by:

          1) Not having sex with men
          2) Having multiple illegal abortions
          2a) Offering up their newborns for ritual sacrifice (I’m half joking)

          Am I missing something here?


          1. Read this article to discover the toxic poison that remained in the original Lysol concentrate for years without Lysol’s knowledge…if this doesn’t make your blood boil, nothing will. No wonder it was an “effective” method of birth control. Here is the relevant passage:
            “Along the way, she amassed disturbing evidence about the dangers of industrial chemicals — and the practices of the companies that make them. Two documents, for instance, detailed experiments that Dow contracted a University of Pennsylvania dermatologist to conduct on prisoners in the 1960s to show the effects of TCDD, a particularly toxic contaminant found in 2,4,5-T. Another document, from 1985, showed that Monsanto had sold a chemical that was tainted with TCDD to the makers of Lysol, who, apparently unaware of its toxicity, used it as an ingredient in their disinfectant spray for 23 years. Yet another, from 1990, detailed the EPA policy of allowing the use of hazardous waste as inert ingredients in pesticides and other products under certain circumstances.”
            It does say “their disinfectant spray”, but the concentrate was available long before the spray was available.


          2. It’s a good thing doctors don’t lie today like they did WAY back in 1938:

            All the same, Joseph De Lee, a prominent American obstetrician who held great sway over American obstetric practice through his writings encouraged the use of Lysol during labor. He writes in 1938, “…[J]ust before introducing the hand, the vagina is liberally flushed with 1 per cent lysol solution squeezed from pledgets of cotton, the idea being to reduce the amount of infectious matter unavoidably carried into the puerperal wounds and up into the uterus by the manipulations.”


          3. As Patrick Jordan likes to say “the man is suffering from a lead deficiency”…as in he should be shot for being so fucking evil!

            Remind me to share my research into the “hexachlorophene ” fiasco from the early 1970’s. I may have to write up an article outlining all the “evil” that occurred from this much loved anti-bacterial agent.


      2. K. Starr – I don’t get the feeling they’re all lesbians. I’m getting a strong “masculine” vibe from most of these “women”; in fact, they look like men in drag in my mind’s eye. A 10 minute image search turns up some photos where an adam’s apple can be seen, perhaps missed by the photo re-toucher? Hollywood has been fooling the public since it’s very beginnings, and aptly named, as the holly tree was considered a sacred tree by druids and witches, traditionally used to craft magic wands…”used to banish unwanted entities and command evoked spirits.” How appropriate!

        Here’s just one photo of Theda Bara as an example


        1. Carri. I get where you’re coming from, but I’m not about to make any blanket statements. The women that I categorize as “looks like a man” appear transgender to my eye. Perhaps some of the others are able to pass as women more successfully. I’m not calling “all” of them lesbians, just like I won’t call them “all” transgender, because it just cannot be proved.

          The one undeniable FACT is that there were/are an inordinate amount of childless actresses in Hollywood (despite numerous marriages.) I’m just presenting them so the reader can come to their conclusion regarding the reason.


          1. yes, men having to pay their due to “TPTB or the Hollywood elite” by humiliating themselves and playing women in major motion pictures or television sitcoms


  3. Ha Ha, doctors don’t lie today..good one…they are either extremely stupid or willing dupes for the pharmaceutical companies…nothing like a nice kickback in the form of $$’s or an all-expense paid trip to the tropical location of their choice….and they just keep on writing those prescriptions. It is a win-win for them.


    1. Ronnie was an actor, Nancy was an actress. Knowing what we know, can their “devotion” to each other be anything but suspect?


      1. At one time Ron was a resident at the Garden of Alla. According to Bill O’Reilly’s biography (I know, I know) Ron hit rock bottom there.


        1. I have never heard of Garden of Alla(h)….here is a relevant passage from “Wicked-Peed-On Us” –

          Catering to both short-term and long-term guests, the hotel soon gained a reputation as a place where the famous could enjoy living in a quaint, cozy, village-like setting, conveniently located yet shielded from gawking tourists and autograph seekers by discreet security patrols, under a management that was not inclined to probe, judge or interfere with the private — and sometimes public — activities of its often unconventional patrons.[7]

          The Garden of Allah became home to many celebrities and literary figures. F. Scott Fitzgerald lived there for several months in 1937–38 at the beginning of his final stay in Hollywood. He wrote himself a postcard while there: “Dear Scott — How are you? Have been meaning to come in and see you. I have living [sic] at the Garden of Allah. Yours, Scott Fitzgerald.”[8] Fitzgerald’s biographer and lover Sheilah Graham later wrote a book about the place, titled simply The Garden of Allah.[9] Humorist and actor Robert Benchley was a frequent resident. An array of Golden Age Hollywood stars and featured players, ranging from Greta Garbo to Ronald Reagan, stayed there at least briefly, and so did classical music giants Sergei Rachmaninoff (who was musically assaulted there by an annoyed Harpo Marx),[10] Igor Stravinsky and Jascha Heifetz. Dance band leaders Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw and vocalist Frank Sinatra were among the pop music personalities. A more extensive sampling of names can be found in the “Famous residents and guests” section below.


          1. In a nutshell, Alla Nazimova was the top lesbian in Hollywood. She bought a mansion where all of the closeted Hollywood lesbians conducted their “sewing circles/orgies.” Nazimova eventually tried to profit from the property by turning it into a hotel, but management was not her calling and she sold her share and returned to Broadway. When her acting career dried up she returned and resided there until her death.


  4. there’s always been methods to cause an abortion. In all times. It’s the zeitgeist (German for “ghost of the time”), which now makes people believe, they can have a better life without offspring. I don’t know if those young women from these sawing circles really did all those terrible things to themselves. This maybe some kind of propaganda to let people know, such things can be done and others did that before. I know Lysol from my youth as a cleaning and disinfecting product. Actually never heard that it was used for abortion. I think people now are not different to people back then. Details change but not the general attitude. What really is different now to the times described above is that now no one has to really suffer. No one has to be hungry or freezing. Still many are but not because they have no other choice. Even the poorest people, the homeless ones today don’t have to stay hungry or freezing. They simply sometimes decide otherwise. There is this welfare state everywhere in the world. Believe it or not. Food is cheap and plenty. I remember times where the stores were empty and you could not buy anything no matter how much money you had. We weren’t hungry though because there were alternatives, like that always available black market. Back then it was the uncertainty of the future, the fear of becoming poor which forced people to do such terrible things like an abortion. Now it is the fear of losing the standard of comfort, not the fear of getting hungry.
    As for doctors, they have always been crooks and liars. They still prescribe poison as medicine no matter the side effects. And the system still protects them as long as they stick to the protocol. It’s the good doctors the system is persecuting.


  5. I read a book about Frances Farmer, she allegedly had seven abortions, which would make her a serial killer in some circles.


    1. Kay Francis is another one with admission of multiple abortions. As I was looking around for that information, I discovered conversations indicating that STD’s may have played a role in these starlets lack of “production.” I hadn’t considered that angle.


    2. Amen to that! I would never abort a child, my personal creed. I know there are times when it is medically necessary….but abortion as birth control, that is evil.

      I read last year that Down’s Syndrome has been eradicated from Iceland and wondered how that was accomplished….it has been accomplished because all women carrying a Down’s child has an abortion. I was shocked and angered. Here is the link to the article

      There is a use for aborted fetal tissue….it is used in vaccines. I am attaching a link to Clint Richardson’s documentary from 2011, Lethal Injection. He turns Roe vs Wade on its head. The video will start at about the 2-hour mark. The relevant information is in this final 30 minutes of the documentary. It is a very important 30 minutes, so please watch and think of the implications.


  6. For those of you who are interested to learn more about Nazimova’s extraordinary life, Gavin Lambert’s biography – “Nazimova” – is excellent. There is also the website for the Alla Nazimova Society (of which I am a co-founder) which has many photos –
    I am also the author of a 9-book series of historical fiction set in and around the Nazimova’s Garden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Blvd, whose residents witnessed Hollywood’s golden studio-system era. Nazimova is a character in the first four of these novels.

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      1. I’m glad my site was helpful. I’m currently putting together a detailed Alla Nazimova timeline. Her life was such a doozie that I felt it important to pull all the facts together in one document. I’ll be publishing it on my site and the Nazimova Society’s site soon.

        Oh, that Anna Mae Wong shot’s great, isn’t it?


  7. Alla’s wiki page says her first film (War Brides, 1916) was withdrawn from circulation on the grounds that “The philosophy of this picture is so easily misunderstood by unthinking people” in 1917.
    No-one noticed her name is NAZImova?


    1. Nice catch. The sentence following what you’ve quoted is interesting as well. “Later that year the producer, Lewis Selznick, had the film edited to give it an anti-German slant, and re-released it to American theaters. It was not shown in any other Allied countries.” Selznick was also a Russian-Jewish immigrant.


      1. It angers me to know that the German people, as a whole, are still carrying the stigma of the lie of propaganda against Hitler. “His”story contains so many lies.


          1. If only more people had even a few working brain cells. There would be an unprecedented uprising against all the lies we have been fed and this so-called NWO would collapse and all the lying psychopathic “powers that be” would be imprisoned.


  8. something interesting about the methods of the classical school medicine:
    They did similar things back then when they started giving pregnant women Contergan. The victims still are among us. As mentioned before, alternative doctors are being persecuted just if they are not successful , western doctors are being protected if they make mistakes like this.


    1. In total, 93 women were given the drug as part of the trial, led by Amsterdam University Medical Centre. Seventeen babies developed lung problems, and 11 have since died. A further eight babies in the trial died of unrelated conditions.

      Don’t know what it means, but there’s them numbers again.


      1. spot on Mark. I know some Contergan victims, people missing parts of their limbs, etc. That was not a hoax. But you’re right, the numbers here are a red flag. The idea to give Viagra to pregnant women looks also pretty absurd. Besides, Viagra is already known to cause lung problems. It works like poppers. It oxidizes blood (chemical redox reaction). That was the cause of the first “AIDS” cases.


  9. it might have been AIS,Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is when a person who is genetically male (who has one X and one Y chromosome) is resistant to male hormones (called androgens). As a result, the person has some or all of the physical traits of a woman, but the genetic makeup of a man.


    1. Thank you for the comment. I was not aware of that possibility. Here is an example of a famous model who has admitted to having been born with the condition.


  10. Language fascinates…

    Isn’t it ironic that the “Sowing Circle” (the “Hidden Kings” – admitted, from Miles Mathis); the Kissingers, Soroses, Brzezinskis et al. meet up with their lower level minions; the “Sewing Circle”?

    One letter apart, close combat.


      1. I make up my own words and combinations thereof. So any links to India or Christian magazines is purely coincidence, I assure you, until now never heard of that.

        Basically the “Sowing Circle” (the Reaping Circle would be a more appropriate term) are the ones -we can identify as being- in control.

        The Sewing Circle are their minions. Higher up the hierarchy than us, not having Wikipedia pages or “news”paper coverage, but still tools of the Reapers….


        1. Oh, now I get it. Yes, these words that we’ve had foisted upon us go much deeper than most real – eyes. Thanks for sharing.


  11. In the first season of I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball often impersonated male characters. Off screen, but also built into the show, she supposedly produced her first child at the age of 40+. I never believed that story for a second – this was the early 1950s, and a first pregnancy at that age would have killed her, and/or damaged the baby. Rumors that this was in fact NOT her first child might explain a lot.

    Still, age was oddly represented in all the Lucy shows: In her 40s, Lucille played a newlywed and a mom-to-be. In her 50s, she portrayed a young widow whose charms the town’s most eligible bachelors can’t resist. And in her 60s, she continued acting as a sexpot who gets lots of dates. Weird.

    Back to androgynous movie stars: What about Mary Astor? Guys reportedly salivated over her throughout her film career; such was her bombshell reputation. Hmm. Am I the only one who views her as a bony, clumsily-perm-haired, flat-chested and overall mousy, unattractive type?… Only when she got older and put on a lot of weight did she achieve a bit of a feminine figure. She did have two kids, though.


    1. Life with Lucy is an American sitcom starring Lucille Ball that aired for one season on ABC in 1986 (when Lucy was 75 years old.) Only 8 out of the 13 episodes produced were aired before ABC cancelled the series. The show ranks among the worst sitcoms in broadcasting history.


    2. I don’t think many of the early Hollywood’s bombshells were all that attractive, Clara Bow, Lilian Gish, etc. The 1930s weren’t much better according to this:-
      “She was the only player who outbullied Mayer”, Eddie Mannix of MGM later said of Sullavan. “She gave him the willies”. 4 weddings and children nonetheless.

      Nowadays, Keira Knightley clearly fits the Mary Astor type.


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