Between work as a script reader and then file clerk at film studios, Rand struck up a romance with an actor Frank O'Connor. In 1929 they would marry, remaining together until his death in 1979.
Rand was very focused on the individual as an entity. She once said, "Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness—not pain or mindless self-indulgence—is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values."
Ayn Rand’s philosophy is objectivism. Objectivism holds that things are what they are, independent of anyone’s knowledge or wishes. Objectivism rejects both the view that reality is some supernatural realm inaccessible to reason or that everyone has his own subjective reality.
Objectivism holds that ethics is objective and factual. It rejects the view that ethics is a matter of opinion, that right and wrong are determined by social convention, ethnicity, personal preference or religious commandment.
Ayn Rand polarizes people. To her enemies, she was a vicious person who taught a gospel of unconcern for others. One of her critics says that she was “eerily ignorant of all the interesting problems of ontology, epistemology, or logic.”
Rand was educated in Russia before she emigrated to the United States. In high school and college, she discovered two figures whom she never ceased to admire: Victor Hugo and Aristotle.
A chance meeting with her favorite American director, Cecil B. DeMille, resulted in jobs as a movie extra and then a junior screenwriter. After periods of near-starvation, she sold her first play to Broadway.
Rand's career as a professional author began in 1932 with the sale of a screenplay, Red Pawn, which was never produced. The income from the sale nevertheless allowed Rand to focus on her writing full time. Within two years, she had completed a novel and a play, in addition to many short stories.
Rand was an immediate hit when her novels were published. They have continued to sell, despite the controversy that surrounds them.
Rand's Objectivism created a cult. The cult calls themselves Objectivists and created unhappiness for many people. However, it provided many people a sense of agency.