Alla Nazimova

by ethnic on October 24, 2009

Birth Name: Marem-Ides Adelaida Yakovlevna Leventon

Date of Birth: June 3, 1879

Place of Birth: Yalta, Crimea, Russian Empire

Date of Death: July 13, 1945

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Alla Nazimova was a Russian and American actress, screenwriter, and producer. She was born in Yalta, Crimea, to a Jewish family, the daughter of Sofia Sara “Sonya” Lvovna (Horowitz) and Yakov Abramovich Leventon. Her parents were from Chișinău, Moldova.

Alla moved to New York, U.S. in 1905, and became a U.S. citizen in 1927.

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bablah December 26, 2016 at 11:19 am

Is her mother’s name Sonya or Sofia? It says Sofia (well, Sofie at least) here:

ann December 26, 2016 at 1:38 pm

It’s the same name. Sonya is just a nickname of Sofia.

sarahle November 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

She is Sephardi Jew and not Ashkenasim….
Her surname nazimova came from nassi/nassy and was changed to ukrainian surname

follers November 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Her parents are usually listed as Yakov Leventon and Sonya Horowitz, which both sound Ashkenazi. “Nazimova” was a stage name.

sarahle November 4, 2013 at 12:04 am

Beside her stage name…. She is sfardi. You can google it.

follers November 4, 2013 at 12:11 am

I found one match, but not much more.

Her parents’ surnames, Leventon and Horowitz, were both Ashkenazi. Are you saying one of her grandmothers was Sephardi?

Anonymous August 31, 2010 at 10:07 pm
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