Nina Vanna

Nina Yazykova Kind Hakim Provatoroff, known by her stage name of Nina Vanna (27 September 1899 – 8 November 1953),[1] was a Russian-born British film actress who appeared in a number of silent films during the 1920s.

Nina Vanna
Nina Vanna and Ivor Novello in "The Man Without Desire"
Nina Yazykova

(1899-09-27)27 September 1899
Died8 November 1953(1953-11-08) (aged 54)
Years active1923–1937

She sometimes played in historical dramas, playing Lady Jane Grey in the first of three film versions of her life (Lady Jane Grey; Or, the Court of Intrigue) and Lucrezia Borgia in what may be the first of several versions.

Vanna was married three times, first to Robert Kind from whom she was later divorced, secondly to film director Eric Hakim (1900–1967), who she also divorced, and finally to an importer/exporter and art collector Peter Provatoroff[2] from 1946 until her death in Banstead, Surrey, UK.[3][4][5]


The actress Nina Vanna began her film career in England where she made her debut in "Scrooge" (1923) as Alice. In the next years followed her leading roles in films, among them "A Christmas Carol" (1923), "Lucrezia Borgia; Or, Plaything of Power" (1923), Lady Jane Grey in "Lady Jane Grey; Or, The Court of Intrigue" (1923),[6] "The Man Without Desire" (1923),[7] "The Cost of Beauty" (1924) and "The Woman Tempted" (1926).[8][9]

Just before beginning of filming of "The Man Without Desire", in which the actress played a young socialite, she was persuaded by Ivor Novello, appearing as a Venetian aristocrat, to change her name to "something that sounded less emetic".[10]

She extended her career to France, Germany and Austria from 1924 with the new films "La closerie des Genets" (1924), "Veille d'armes" (1925), "Männer vor der Ehe" (1927), "Café Elektric" (1927) and "Die raffinierteste Frau Berlins" (1927), "A Murderous Girl" (1927), "Youth Astray" (original title "Was die Kinder ihren Eltern verschweigen",1927),[11] "Was weisst Du von der Liebe/Gefährdete Mädchen" (1927), "La vie miraculeuse de Thérèse Martin" (1930). After a longer pause followed her first and last sound film at the same time with "The Show Goes On" (1937).[12]

Other movies with Nina Vanna included "Love in an Attic" (1923)[13] "The School for Scandal" (1923), "Guy Fawkes" (1923),[14] "The Money Habit" (1924), "We Women" (1925), "Before the Battle" (1925), "Graziella" (1926), "The Triumph of the Rat" (1926),[15] "Adventure Mad" (1926).

Selected filmography


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  6. Kramer, Kaley A. (19 November 2014). Women During the English Reformations: Renegotiating Gender and Religious Identity. Springer. ISBN 9781137465672.
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  8. "Portrait of the actress Nina Vanna by Thomas Staedeli". Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  9. Parrill, Sue; Robison, William B. (26 February 2013). The Tudors on Film and Television. McFarland. ISBN 9780786458912.
  10. Room, Adrian (1 July 2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. ISBN 9780786457632.
  11. Schaefer, Eric (1 January 1999). "Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!": A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959. Duke University Press. ISBN 0822323745.
  12. Vasilʹev, Aleksandr (1 November 2000). Beauty in Exile: The Artists, Models, and Nobility who Fled the Russian Revolution and Influenced the World of Fashion. Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 9780810957015.
  13. Gifford, Denis (1 April 2016). British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set - The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film. Routledge. ISBN 9781317740636.
  14. Paietta, Ann C. (1 July 2005). Saints, Clergy and Other Religious Figures on Film and Television, 1895-2003. McFarland. ISBN 9781476610160.
  15. Morgan, Charles (31 May 2013). Dramatic Critic: Selected Reviews (1922-1939). Oberon Books. ISBN 9781849439411.
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