Alla Nazimova has reached the pinnacle of success. She is the highest-paid actress in town, with a luxurious estate, the respect of her peers, adoration of her fans, and a series of lovers that has included the first wife of her protégé, Rudolph Valentino.
But reaching the top is one thing. Staying there is an entirely different matter.
Nazimova dreams of producing a motion picture of Oscar Wilde's infamous Salomé. It will be a new form of moviemaking: the world's first art film.
But the same executives at Metro Pictures who hailed Nazimova as a genius when she was churning out hit after hit now turn their backs because her last few movies have flopped.
Taking matters into her own hands, Nazimova decides to shoot Salomé herself. But it means risking everything she has: her reputation, her fortune, her beautiful home, and even her lavender marriage. But will it be enough to turn her fortunes around? Or will Hollywood cut her out of the picture?
From the author of the Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels and based on a true story, Chasing Salomé takes us inside Nazimova's struggle to achieve a new level of stardom by raising the flickers to an art form.
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Another satisfying read from Martin Turnbull. If you haven’t read his other books, read this one first and it will provide splendid context for the other books.
- Cecilia Copeland
I already knew a bit about Alla Nazimova so I had high expectations for the book. The best part about it by far was the fabulous narrator Romy Nordlinger! She kept the story from getting too judgmental of a woman who lived outside of societal norms. Her pacing and engagement with the text made the book much better than it would have been if I had just picked it up to read it myself. All stars for Romy Nordlinger! Can’t wait to find more books she has narrated.