Nita Naldi (November 13, 1894-February 17, 1961) was an American silent film actress. She was usually cast in the role of the 'femme fatale'/'vamp', a persona first popularized by actress Theda Bara. Born Mary Dooley in New York City into a working class Irish family in 1894, the daughter of Julia (Cronin) and Patrick Dooley. She was named for her great aunt, Mary Nonna Dunphy, who founded Academy of the Holy Angels in Fort Lee, New Jersey, which young Mary Dooley attended in 1910. Her father left the family in 1910, and her mother died in 1915. Left with the care of two teenage siblings Naldi began to seek work. She took odd jobs including artists' model and cloak model. Eventually she entered vaudeville with her brother Frank.
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