Ayn Rand

A Biography

About Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum February 2nd 1905 was a Russian American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" and for developing a philosophical system she called "Objectivism."

Ayn Rand's career lifted off in the U.S

A little more about Ayn Rand

In late 1925 she received permission to leave Soviet Russia to visit some of her relatives in the United States. She told Soviet authorities that her visit would be short, but she planned to never to return to Russia. She arrived in New York City in February 1926. She spent the next six months with her relatives in Chicago, received an extension for her visa, and then left for Hollywood to pursue her career as a screenwriter. On Ayn Rand’s second day in Hollywood, American film director and producer, Cecil B. DeMille saw her standing at the gate of his studio, he then offered her a ride to the set of his movie "The King of Kings", and she then received a job, first as an extra, then as a script reader. During the next week at the studio, she met the actor who would soon be her husband, Frank O’Connor, whom she married in 1929. they were married until his death in 1979