Fania Marinoff

Fania Marinoff may have been an actress of stage and screen, but she was best known as a hostess whose home became a major hub for artistic circles in New York. Orphaned at a young age, Fania was sent to Colorado to live with her older brothers at age seven, but showed promise as an actress. By age twelve she was earning a living on stage, and by thirteen had moved to New York to build a career in the theater. In 1914 she married Carl Van Vechten, a writer and photographer, and the pair hosted parties and salons that included Gertrude Stein, Eugene O’Neill, Georgia O’Keeffe, and many luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance. Meanwhile, Marinoff’s career flourished as lead actress in the Greenwich Village Players from 1916–1917. She also appeared in silent films such as One of Our Girls in 1914, Nedra in 1915, and Life’s Whirlpool in 1916. Her final role was as a volunteer for the Stage-Door Canteen, entertaining troops from 1942–1945, but even after her retirement, she continued to host and entertain the stars of New York’s art scene.

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Actress and volunteer Fania Marinoff (1890 – 1971) in 1913.

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