Nina Pierson was the Ziegfeld Follies showgirl who had numerous failed love affairs before her untimely death.
Nina was born Nina Belle Pearson on August 8, 1904 in Spooner, Wisconsin. Her mother died when she was seven. She graduated from high school in 1921 and briefly worked as a teacher. Then she moved to Chicago and became a stenographer. She won a beauty contest judged by Rudolph Valentino. He helped her get a job in the chorus of the show Artists and Models. Nina joined the Ziegfeld Follies in 1924. There were rumors she was romantically involved with Florenz Ziegfeld, who was married to Billie Burke. She met millionaire businessman Tommy Manville in 1931 and he proposed with a thirteen carat diamond engagement ring. When he kept postponing the wedding she married Paul Leviton, a French manufacturer, in July of 1934. She was shocked to discover her husband was not the millionaire he claimed to be. In 1935 she divorced him in Mexico and received a $10,000 settlement. Nina reunited with Tommy Manville but he broke up with her in 1937.
With Paul Leviton