“Fame is like a giant X-Ray. Once you are exposed beneath it, the very beatings of your heart are shown to a gaping world” Natacha Rambova, Dec 1922
Design sketch by Natacha Rambova
Mrs. Rudolph Valentino warns girls in ribbon counters to be aware of movie sheiks and mind their momma’s and papa’s.
Many years ago, I discovered Rudolph Valentino’s former Lou Mahoney had a son named Howard who had a blog. I thought how cool was this and with interest read his blog posts about his father and Rudolph Valentino and even commented a few times on posts he added. If you delve into his blog he does talk about his father’s relationship with Rudolph Valentino. Mr. Howard Mahoney passed away in 2008 at the age of 80. But his memories live on in his blog.
A Rudolph Valentino memorial service will be held in London tomorrow night in memory of the dead film star. The service is sponsored by the Valentino Memorial Guild and the Valentino International Memorial Fund. Women from all parts of England will come to London over the weekend to attend the service and pay homage to their favorite actor.
Rudolph Valentino and Lara Gould former wife of George Gould won first prize in a Charleston Dance Contest at Mitchells Club, a cabaret in Montmartre, at daybreak this morning. The film star, who has just returned from Berlin without Mae Murray had the lissome young Mrs Gould to tea, dinner, the theater, supper and then dancing during the early hours arriving at Mitchell’s just as the Charleston started. Rudolph who has acquired the amazing habit of drinking champagne mixed with beer got a burst of applause when he entered. The spectators including the smart set of Paris and many visitors applauded for Rudolph and the movie star hastily swallowed a goblet of his mixture and did a weird combination of the tango and Charleston which brought down the house. To the cries of “encore” he grabbed Laura Gould and the couple spun away in the intricate Brazilian maxixe. “Are you engaged to Mae Murray” a reporter asked who replied “so’s your old man”. Rudolph and Mae Murray will make the Rivera the scene of their next meeting, according to reports. It is said they will go to Nice the Hotel Negresco that he is coming, and they will jointly host a New Years party. It is expected that Rex Ingram and Alice Terry will be among the members of the party
If one was rich, handsome, famous and traveling to Paris where would one go? Well the only area to see and be seen was Montmartre in Paris. Montmartre where no one gets up before seven or eight in the evening and nothing starts before midnight. This section of the city was a culture haven a crowd of artists, writers and musicians. Also, was steaming with nightlife and the common denominator was good jazz music, pretty girls, and great booze. One place was a favorite place of the rich and famous the Casino de Paris. This club would set the mold for Jazz performances in a decant scene of mingling. The first so-called “jazz” in Paris was Louis Mitchell’s Jazz Kings at Casino de Paris. A decent if antic drummer, Mitchell’s syncopated rhythms were the main attraction. A huge financial success, his salary of 7,000 francs per week was about 10 times that of a member of cabinet. But this was not enough so Louis Mitchell opened his own cabaret where famous musicians from America would frequently play a gathering for ex-pats from America. Mitchells was a favorite place of Rudolph Valentino who often came to participate in Charleston Contests or simply listen to Jazz. During visits to one of his favorite cities here he could relax and enjoy the finest of what life could offer. He befriended many of different cultures and backgrounds. To him it did not matter because life was to live and enjoy.