Nita Naldi (1897-1961)

Nita Naldi - Silent Movie Star

Silent movie star Nita Naldi was born Anita Donna Dooley in New York City on April 1st, 1897, of Italian and Irish parentage. She began her show business career in a Shubert revue and in the Ziegfeld Follies. After her success on the stage, Nita decided to try Hollywood. She was hired by Paramount, and made hit films in vamp roles almost immediately, starring with John Barrymore in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1920), and with Rudolph Valentino in both “Blood and Sand” (1922), and “Cobra” (1923). She hit her peak starring in Cecil B. DeMille’s blockbuster “The Ten Commandments” (1923). Nita was married once, to J. Searle Barclay, a marriage that lasted until his death in the 1950’s. She did not remarry, and had no children. With the advent of sound films, Nita’s American film career was over, due to her thick New York accent. She traveled to Europe to appear in a few silent films in 1929, and then retired from the screen. She died in New York City on February 17th, 1961 from a heart attack, and was buried on Long Island. ~ Copyright © 2004

To download a vintage bio of Nita Naldi from 1924’s “Blue Book Of The Screen”, click HERE (297 kb)

Nita Naldi’s Silent Films

Mountain Eagle, The (1926) …. Beatrice
… aka Bergadler, Der (1926) (Germany)
… aka Fear o’ God (1926) (USA)
Unfair Sex, The (1926) …. Blanchita D’Acosta
Miracle of Life, The (1926) …. Helen
Clothes Make the Pirate (1925) …. Madame De La Tour
What Price Beauty? (1925) …. Rita Rinaldi
Cobra (1925) …. Elise Van Zile
Pleasure Garden, The (1925) …. Native
… aka Irrgarten der Leidenschaft (1925) (Germany)
Marriage Whirl, The (1925) …. Toinette
… aka Modern Madness (1925) (UK)
Lady Who Lied, The (1925) …. Fifi
Sainted Devil, A (1924) …. Carlotta
Breaking Point, The (1924) …. Beverly Carlysle
Don’t Call It Love (1924) …. Rita Coventry

Nita Naldi - Silent Movie Star

Silent Film Star Nita Naldi in a postcard pose

Ten Commandments, The (1923) …. Sally Lung, a Eurasian
Hollywood (1923) …. Cameo appearance
… aka Joligud (1923)
Lawful Larceny (1923) …. Vivian Hepburn
You Can’t Fool Your Wife (1923) …. Ardrita Saneck
Glimpses of the Moon, The (1923) …. Ursula Gillow
Anna Ascends (1922) …. Countess Rostolff
Snitching Hour, The (1922) …. The ‘Countess’

Nita Naldi and Rudolph Valentino - A Sainted Devil - lost film

Nita Naldi quivers from a look given to her by Rudolph Valentino

Blood and Sand (1922) …. Doña Sol
Channing of the Northwest (1922) …. Cicily Varden
Reported Missing (1922) …. Nita
Man from Beyond, The (1922) …. Marie Le Grande
Experience (1921) …. Temptation
Divorce of Convenience, A (1921) …. Tula Moliana
Last Door, The (1921) …. The Widow
Life (1920) …. Grace Andrews
Common Sin, The (1920) …. Warren’s Mistress
… aka For Your Daughter’s Sake (1922) (USA: reissue title)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920/I) …. Miss Gina, Italian Singer

To learn more about Nita Naldi visit her profile on The Internet Movie Database


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