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1924 – Letter to Editor

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Dear Editor,

Rumors vague and rumors that border on fact are current just now about the proposed celluloid “Romeo and Juliet”.  In the movie world of fans the burning question is not “Who will play Ben-Hur but who will play Romeo”?  Shakespears tragedy of youth and love not some scenario writers will be the motion picture and tha casting of it is of paramount importance.  Julie seems to rest with Norma Talmade or Mary Pickford with scales tipping in favor of Norma. Right now, the screen Juliet will inevitably be compared with Jane Cowl’s portrayl last season and she will have to reach the heights to stand the test.  But Romeo? Truly  may we ask wherefore art thou Rudolph Valentino? That is the final answer is myself who doesnt go over raptures over his name because Rudy is romance to the core.  Can you imagine Romeo with Gene O’Briens Irish grin? Therefore, Valentino with his Latin manner and easy grace is the logical choice. Rudy is the great love and the only other suitable candidtate for this role is Ivor Novelio. He like Rudy is to the manner born. but is he will enough known? there is a large matter of conflicting contracts in the way  of every fans dream of Talmadge-Valentino “Romeo and Juliet” but there is still hope. Perhaps some day in the not so distant future will see a dream come true.

Yours. Maude Baum, NYC

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Lasky Studios was home to famous movie stars and it was Rudolph Valentino who made movies here and in NY.  This article from 1923, talks abit about the studios and thought it would be an interesting piece of Valentino history.

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1927 – Rudolph Valentino Former Leading Ladies

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This article is about Metro Studios where Rudolph Valentino worked on several of his most notable movies.  June Mathis was the head writer at Metro.

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Nov 1926 – Speaking of Pictures

That last sad journey of Rudolph Valentino across the continent increased my respect for the human heart of the American public. Crowds don’t wait patiently in the rain at four o’clock in the morning out of idle curiosity. The roots of such action strike deeper than that. All the way, from New York City to Los Angeles, the throngs that assembled for a glimpse of the funeral train paid their one greatest tribute to his memory – the tribute of silence.  Somewhere on the prairies of Iowa as the dawn which “Rudy” was leaving behind forever began to grey the east, the train paused for a moment on a tiny hamlet. An elderly woman rushed up and thrust a bouquet of flowers into the hands of the porter. “For him” she expolained and then the train was on its way. Reverence not curiosity, does things like that.

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25 Mar 2021 – Former Employee of Natacha Rambova Died

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Helen Elizabeth Ducey, on March 25, 2021, at age 96. Born and raised in New Milford, CT, the daughter of Francis and Mary Reynolds, Helen was a lifelong resident of New Milford. Helen was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Edward M. Ducey. She is survived by her three children and family members: her daughter, Susan Boldi and son-in-law, Fred; her sons, Richard Ducey and Kevin Ducey; grandchildren, Erin Boldi, and Christopher Boldi and his wife, Amanda, and their son, Mario, who is Helen’s only great-grandchild. She is also survived by one sister, Jane Lathrop of New Milford. She was predeceased by her sisters Marion Taylor and Lorraine Keilty. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, John Ducey and his wife Nancy. She leaves many nieces and nephews. A special thank you goes to Cindy Day who gave friendship and care to Helen for such a long time. Helen developed a love of dogs as a young girl, and that love continued as an adult with her beloved poodles and Yorkies. Helen developed a fashion sense starting when she was a schoolgirl helping to make her own stylish outfits. Her fashion style matured along with the times and she often modeled outfits at the boutiques and department stores at the urging and to the delight of the salespeople. She had a green thumb and, along with her late husband, Edward, filled the outdoors with beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers; yellow roses were her favorite flower. She and Edward also loved to decorate both inside and outside every Christmas, and their house overflowed with holiday decorations.

One of the many happy times in Helen’s life was when she served as chauffeur/companion to Natacha Rambova, a dancer, playwright, and actress who was once the wife of silent screen star Rudolph Valentino. Miss Rambova, who lived in New Milford for several years prior to her death, didn’t drive, so she relied on Helen for transportation and companionship on weekly trips to New York City, as well as on brief outings around New Milford.  When Natacha Rambova passed Helen took care of her beloved Yorkies.

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31 Oct 1928 – I slept in Valentinos Haunted House

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