From an early age, Rand displayed a strong interest in literature and films.
She started writing screenplays and novels from the age of seven.
She spent the rest of her life between Los Angeles and New York City, where she died in 1982.
Her first literary success came with the sale of her screenplay Red Pawn in 1932 to Universal Studios.
She entered the State Institute for Cinema Arts in 1924 to study screen writing; in late 1925, however, she was granted a visa to visit American relatives.
With no intention of returning to Russia, she arrived in the United States in February 1926, at the age of twenty-one.These films were re-edited into a new version which was approved by Rand and re-released as We the Living in 1986.Rand's first major professional success came with her novel The Fountainhead (1943).Her novels were based upon the projection of the Randian hero, a man or woman whose ability and independent creative and responsible action causes conflict with individuals and systems that exploit through appeals for charity ("mooching") and the use of coercion and power ("looting") under the guise of government and religion.Rand viewed this hero as the personification of reason.The express goal of her fiction was to delineate in stark relief these principles by which, she believed, the world functions.Her literary work and personal charisma generated institutes, university lecture tours, plays, films, television adaptations and Objectivist periodicals.Their 1929 marriage lasted fifty years and ended with his death in 1979; the couple chose not to have children.In 1931, Rand became a naturalized citizen of the United States.Her mother taught her French and exposed her to heroic youth literature, including cartoons.As a youth she read the novels of Rudyard Kipling, Sir Walter Scott, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo and other Romantic writers.