Sent to live with a family in Switzerland when parents separated
Adopted stage name when she began performing the violin in public; father had forbidden her to use the family name
Moved to Moscow to study acting
Was apprentice actor in Stanislavsky's Moscow Art Theatre
Worked in stock productions throughout Russia
Joined first of three acting companies formed by Pavel Orlenev
Became established in Europe as a stage actress
Made NYC debut with Orlenev's company
Left Orlenev and signed contract with Lee Shubert to play "Hedda Gabler"
Film debut, "War Brides", recreating her stage role
Signed with Metro, starting at salary of $13,000 a week
Opened her estate (purchased in 1918) as a hotel, called The Garden of Allah; demolished 1959
Starred in silent version of "Camille"
Recreated her acclaimed stage performance as Nora in the silent "A Doll's House"
Signed with United Artists
Made most famous film, "Salome," a finanical disaster
Made last silent film, "The Redeeming Sin", before returning to the theater
Became American citizen
Joined Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre; won acclaim for protraying Raynevskaya in "The Cherry Orchard"
Originated role of Christine Mannon in Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra"
Created role of O-Lan in stage adaptation of "THe Good Earth"
Had major stage success in Ibsen's "Ghosts"
Final Broadway appearance, "The Mother", co-starring Montgomery Clift
Made first talking film, "Escape"
Final film, "Since You Went Away"
Portrayed by Leslie Caron in Ken Russell's biopic "Valentino"