Fania Marinoff

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Fania Marinoff
Fania Marinoff (LOC agc.7a13538).jpg
Fania Marinoff by Arnold Genthe in 1913
Born March 20, 1890
Odessa, Russian Empire
(now Ukraine)
Died (aged 81)
Englewood, New Jersey
Cause of death Pneumonia
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Carl Van Vechten (1914-1964)

Fania Marinoff (Russian: Фаня Маринов; Yiddish: פאַניאַ מאַרינאָוו‎) (March 20, 1890 – November 17, 1971) was a Russian-born American actress.


She played supporting and lead roles in dozens of Broadway plays between 1903 and 1937, and eight U.S. silent movies between 1914 and 1917.


Born in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine), she was the youngest of 13 siblings. She came to the United States as a young child with her elder brother Louis, whom she lived with until she joined a traveling play company around the age of fourteen. She married Carl Van Vechten in 1914. They had met two years earlier, and their marriage lasted over 50 years, despite rumors of Van Vechten's homosexuality.[1][2]


She died in 1971 in Englewood, New Jersey from pneumonia.[3]

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  1. ^ New York Review of Books Thumbnail Bio "Carl Van Vechten"
  2. ^ Van Vechten, Carl (2003). Kellner, Bruce, ed. The Splendid Drunken Twenties: Selections from the Daybooks, 1922-30. University of Illinois Press. pp. 4–5. ISBN 0-252-02848-1. 
  3. ^ Plumwood, V., Feminism and the Mastery of Nature (New York: Routledge, 1993).

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