Ayn Rand

"Who is going to stop me?"

Early Life

She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and was born on February 2, 1905. She taught herself how to read at the age of 6. When she was 8 years old, she found her love for her first fictional hero in a French magazine. When she was 9 years old she decided on making fiction writing as her career. Her favorite writer was Victor Hugo.

Major Life Events

In 1925, she left Soviet Russia to visit her relatives in the US. She got permission to leave for only a few months, but lied and decided she never wanted to return to Russia ever again. She spent 6 months with relatives in New York, got an extension and left to Hollywood to pursue her career as a screenwriter.

She got a job as an extra, then a script reader and married an actor she met Frank O'Connor in 1929. They were married until he died 50 years later.

Personal Philosophy

She sold her first screenplay, "Red Pawn" to Universal Pictures in 1932, Her play, "Night of January 16th" was produced on Broadway in the year of 1935. She portrayed her philosophy in a mystery story that integrated ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex.

Some Of Her Work

Her first novel, "We The Living" was made in 1934 but it was rejected by so many publishers. Finally, a US and England book company published her book. "We The Living" was basically a novel about her life under the Soviet tyranny. She started writing her most famous book, "The Fountainhead" in 1935. Although this book was also rejected by many publishers, a book company finally published it and it became a best-seller. It made history and gained recognition to the author, Ayn Rand. She also published her last and greatest work of fiction, "Atlas Shrugged", which portrayed all of her philosophy in the book.


During her high school years, she witnessed the Kerensky and Bolshevik Revolution, which stopped her high school career. Her family finally escaped all the fighting to Crimea, where she finished her high school career.

When she arrived at Crimea, she enrolled in the University of Petrograd to study philosophy and history. She loved going to Western plays and films, it was one of her greatest pleasures. She entered the State Institute for Cinema Arts to study screenwriting.

"She was a growing impact on American culture."

Ayn Rand First Interview 1959 (Full)