Ayn Rand was a popular and controversial American philosopher and novelist. She was born Alyssa (or Alice) Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 2, 1905. Rand emigrated to the UnitedStates in 1926, changing her name to Ayn Rand.
After living in Chicago for a short time, Rand moved to Hollywood and began writing for the movie industry. She met an actor, FrankOConnor?, by tripping him on purpose and married him in 1929.
Rand released 'The Night of January 16th', a play, in 1934, and published two commercially unsuccessful novels, 'WeTheLiving?' (1936), and 'AntheM?' (1938).
Rand's first major success came with the best selling novel, 'TheFountainhead?' (1943).
In 1951 Rand met psychology student NathanielBranden?, who became Rand's first follower, and later a romantic partner.
Rand then wrote philosophical novel 'AtlasShrugged' (1957), also a best seller. Along with Branden, she launched the Objectivist movement to promote her philosophy of ObjectivisM.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Rand developed and promoted her Objectivist philosophy through non-fiction works.
Rand broke with Branden in 1968, following certain infidelities on his part.
She died March 6, 1982.