Five Degrees of Separation Between Alla Nazimova and Larry David

From left: Alla Nazimova, Charles Bryant, Richard Yates, Monica Yates, Larry David

Five degrees of separation between film and Broadway star Alla Nazimova and Larry David:

1. In 1912, Alla Nazimova, now into her fifth year as a legend on Broadway, entered into a faux marriage with one of her co-stars, a British actor named Charles Bryant. Alla and Charles were fixtures on the scene on Broadway and, after 1918, in Hollywood. He co-starred in nearly every movie she made for Metro, at a time when she was the highest-paid female star.

But Alla could not marry Charles because, back in Russia, in 1899, she had married Sergei Golonov, and then immediately abandoned him. Alla and Charles had an open marriage. She was bisexual and, according to her, so was he.

2. In 1925, Bryant left Nazimova for Marjorie Gilhooley whose father was a judge in New Jersey. They had two children, Charles Jr. and Sheila Bryant.

3. Shelia Bryant married novelist Richard Yates, the author of “Revolutionary Road” and other books. They had three daughters.

4. In the late 1980s, their middle daughter, Monica Yates, briefly dated …

5. Larry David, star and creator of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” around the time he was pitching a new show featuring Jerry Seinfeld.

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  1. Good to hear from you Mike. I always know exltcay what to write to get you to pipe up, right? Reasonable people can disagree on these rankings, but Syracuse did just lose AT HOME to Pitt by DOUBLE DIGITS. I understand the Kansas-Cornell analogy by we all know Kansas would beat Cornell 9 out of 10 times. That’s the definition of a fluke. Can we say that about Pitt-Cuse? I don’t think so. Let me see more and then I will adjust accordingly. As for West Virginia and Villanova, I’ve had them 1-2 in that order since October and I see no reason to change that right now. Nova losing to Temple in one of those crazy Big 5 games (where upsets are commonplace) doesn’t upset the apple cart in my mind. Again, it’ll all play out. I actually enjoyed Boeheim’s postgame after Seton Hall, even his potshot at the media about OOC schedule strength (at least the quotes were interesting and usable). Much better than the normal blah-blah-blah you get from a lot of the other guys. Bitter, the point about last year’s Big East is how it was the deepest league ever. Obviously no league was better at the top than those mid-80s Big Easts. If it makes you feel better the next time it comes up I will put an asterisk and a footnote making this distinction. Piratefocus,I’ve been beating the drums for Fero Hall as you know, but he is way too small to play center in the Big East. Have you seen the size of the postmen on the other teams? Big John is a space-eater and is useful in short spurts (alas, his knees have robbed him of the rest). Fero has to beef up big-time before he can hold his own at center for any reasonable lengths.

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