Nina Romano

Nina Romano (born Isabel Craven Dilworth) was an American actress in films and on stage.

Nina Romano
Romano and House Peters as depicted on a lobby card for the film The Storm Breaker (1925)
Isabel Craven Dilworth
Spouse(s)Lou Tellegen (1923-1928, divorce)
Count S. Danneskiold-Samsøe (1931-?)

Early years

Romano was the daughter of glass manufacturer J. Dale Dilworth of Salem, New Jersey, and his wife. Her interest in acting developed while she was in high school[1] at Ward–Belmont College[2] in Nashville, and she went on to attend a dramatic school in New York.[1]


Romano's initial professional acting experience came in a stage production of Don Juan.[3] She initially focused on dramatic roles, but in 1924 she had her first comedic role in the farce The Whole Town's Talking.[4] Her Broadway credits included The Love Call (1927) and The Warrior's Husband (1932).[5]

After being a leading woman on stage for years, Romano made her screen debut in the film Titans for Universal Pictures. That work led to her signing a long-term contract with Universal in 1925.[6] Her other films included The Palace of Pleasure (1926),[7] What Happened to Jones (1926),[8] and Lost at the Front (1927).[9]

Personal life

On December 17, 1923, Romano married Lou Tellegen in Rutherford, New Jersey.[10] Tellegen was an actor with whom Romano had performed in Blind Youth.[11] The couple kept the marriage secret until February 1925, when their son was born.[10] On August 30, 1928, Tellegen and Romano filed for bankruptcy,[12] and in November 1928 the couple was divorced in Los Angeles.[13]

On October 24, 1931, Romano married Count S. Danneskiold-Samsøe of Denmark.[13] The two later divorced, with Romano suing the count in 1955 to recover $171,000 that she said she had advanced to him.[14]


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  2. "Cupid Brings a Title". Daily News. New York, New York City. Associated Press. October 28, 1931. p. 3. Retrieved 9 April 2019 via
  3. "(untitled continuation)". Photoplay. XXVII (6): 96. May 1925. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. "Nina Romano Is Vamped Out of Drama to Farce". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. July 27, 1924. p. Part III - 20. Retrieved 9 April 2019 via
  5. "Nina Romano". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 10 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  6. "Nina Romano Is Signed by Universal". Motion Picture News. XXXI (23): 2790. June 6, 1925. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  7. Solomon, Aubrey (2014). The Fox Film Corporation, 1915-1935: A History and Filmography. McFarland. p. 297. ISBN 9780786486106. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  8. Stumpf, Charles (2010). ZaSu Pitts: The Life and Career. McFarland. p. 123. ISBN 9780786460236. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  9. Erickson, Hal (2012). Military Comedy Films: A Critical Survey and Filmography of Hollywood Releases Since 1918. McFarland. p. 378. ISBN 9780786492671. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  10. "Lou Tellegen's Secret Bride of a Year Has a Baby, Rex". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. February 20, 1925. p. 11. Retrieved 8 April 2019 via
  11. "Surprising Statistics on Lou Tellegen's Strange Preference For Brunet Wives". Orlando Evening Star. Florida, Orlando. April 27, 1930. p. 18. Retrieved 8 April 2019 via
  12. "Lou Tellegen, Wife 'Broke'". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. Associated Press. August 31, 1928. p. 1. Retrieved 9 April 2019 via
  13. "Ex-Spouse of Telleegen Weds Dane". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. October 28, 1931. p. 10. Retrieved 9 April 2019 via
  14. "Los Angeles Court Ignores Order Of Denmark Court". The Daily American. Pennsylvania, Somerset. International News Service. March 21, 1955. p. 4. Retrieved 10 April 2019 via
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