Ayn Rand's Life

1905-1982

Overview

Ayn Rand. An Russian-American, philosopher, screenwriter, novelist, and playwright. She's known for her 2 best selling novels, Atlas Shrugged, and The Fountainhead. She was also known for developing a a philosophical system called "Objectivity"

Ayn Rand

Early Life

Born in the 2nd of February in 1905 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Ayn taught herself how to read at the age of 6 and taking up factional writing at the age of 9 inspired by a cartoon character.

Highschool Years

During her high school years, she witnessed both the Kerensky revolution, and later, the Bolshevik revolution to bring power to the working class (which she opposed). Her family then escaped to the Crimea in 1917 where she finished High school.

Post Highschool Years

Following the Communist victory, her father's pharmacy was confiscated by the state as all the other privately owned businesses for the better of society, so she (who opposed the communists) escaped to the US in 1926 and lived in New York city, then she went to live with her relatives in Chicago for 6 months, then moved to Hollywood to pursue her career as a screenwriter.

Hollywood

Ayn was picked up by Cecil B. DeMille when he spotted her standing at the gates of his studio, then he offered her a job as an extra, then as a script reader. Ayn then met an actor, Frank O'Conner, whom she married in 1929 until his death 50 years later.

Novels

Ayn started writing ,"Fountain Head" in 1935, finishing and published in 1943. She then came back to Hollywood in late 1943 to write a screenplay of "Fountain Head".


Ayn's greatest achievement, "Atlas Shrugged" was published in 1957 and her last work of fiction made history and became her best selling book.

Much later...

Ayn created "Objectivism", which she called "a philosophy for living on earth". She then published her periodicals from 1962 to 1976, proving material for her six later books on Objectivism and it's application to society. Ayn then died in her New York apartment in 1982.