Rand, a Russian émigré, fled the Soviet Union in 1926 and quickly established herself in Hollywood as a script writer. Born Alice Rosenbaum, she took her pen name from her typewriter brand and from a Finnish name she liked. Rand was an outspoken supporter of capitalism and was famous for wearing a gold brooch in the shape of a dollar sign. Her "objectivist" philosophy championed self over group, reason over belief, and human and individual good over ideal and collective moral precepts.
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TEXT CREDIT: The Thoughts of Ayn Rand