The month of August will be dedicated to the passing of Rudolph Valentino.
Our month is going to start off with a series of articles that have to do with an imposter who portrayed himself as a friend/personal physician of Rudolph Valentino at the time of his death. The articles are going to start from 1910 and onward to show how this person used deception as an advantage to fool Rudolph Valentino, Pola Negri, Douglas Fairbanks, Norma Talmadge, George Ullman, Presidents, Princesses and more. Also, there will be articles from the various annual memorial services held over the years, and in memoriums dedicated to Valentino from his fans that were posted in their local newspapers from 1926 and on.
Later on in the month, I will be back in Los Angeles to attend the Valentino Memorial Service and write about my personal experience while there. I am thrilled to be going again because last years service was very moving and I was able to meet some truly wonderful people who I have the hope and privilege of seeing during my time back west.
” I am just beginning to feel that I was as well off single as I am married.” A more tempered expression could not have come from any married clergyman in America.
This year, marks the 90th Anniversary of Rudolph Valentinos silent movie “The Eagle”. There will be a special tribute during this year’s memorial service.
Tracy Terhune is the host for this annual memorial service and as he does every year will have a wonderful service that pays true homage to Valentino’s life. The Valentino Memorial Service started in 1927 and continues to this day. A moving tribute to one of the Silent Screens greatest actors. The annual service will be Sunday, 23 August 2015, 12:10 p.m. at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA. Admission is free for this event.
“Real love, the kind that lasts and brings companionship and happiness to one’s old age, must be founded on mutual respect and trust – a sort of glorified friendship. Some of the finest love matches which I have seen among my married friends have begun as friendships and ripened into a truly beautiful love.” Alice Terry, 1924
The story of Alice Terry has the same fairy tale quality as Valentino’s own. Like him, who had worked hard as an extra for many years and the hard work had resulted in little recognition. However, discouraging as had been her experience, it was not without results. For Rex Ingram happened to see her in NY when, as a girl, still in her mid-teens, she played with Bessie Barriscale in “Not My Little Sister”. The promise which she gave impressed the young director almost immediately. When indeed, he moved from NY to the coast, he welcomed the fact that she, too, had shifted from East to West. Had it not been for the war, in fact, Alice Terry would probably have been his leading lady some years before. When Ingram on his return from overseas service finally located the job which put a roof once more over his head and civilian clothes again upon his back, he was to resume his slight acquaintance with Miss Terry. For she came to his office then applied for a position as script girl, the functionary who, working on the set, chalks off the scenes as they are made and notes the new ones extemporized. He looked at her in amazement. “What”, cried he, “you don’t mean to say that you’ve given up acting do you?” She looked at him somewhat sadly, “Oh dear, yes,” she replied, “I did that sometime ago. It was too discouraging I wasn’t getting any place, you see. No matter how hard I worked nothing seemed to come of it. And of course being an extra or getting some bit now and then does not keep you. So I decided I’d just get a regular job.” “And what have you been doing since”? Inquired Ingram. “I’ve been working in the cutting room,” replied she, “and that was fine I mean it. Knowing just what you were going to get each week. But the ether commenced to get into my lungs that’s why I’m looking around for something else.” Ingram promised to give her the desired position in the picture following “Shore Acres”. However, something changed his plans and instead he case her for a wild and wooly Drury Lane melodrama called “Hearts are Trumps”. To his surprise she seemed loath to accept this chance of returning to the movie screen. “Oh no, I don’t want to try I’ve give it all up you see” she kept protesting in a way that showed how completely previous discouragements had shattered her self-confidence. But he finally succeeded in overcoming her fears, and since then she has been his leading lady in every story except “Piffling Women”. It was not, however, until the appearance of “The Four Horsemen” that Alice Terry, the girl who, heartsick from her discouragements on the set, had wanted to retire to the comparative obscurity of script work, won the wide recognition her beauty and her screen personality had so long deserved. All this I have just related I heard from Miss Terry now Mrs. Rex Ingram, on the same evening when Ingram told me of his experience working with Valentino. On this same occasion she and her husband mentioned that her next appearance will be in John Russell’s “Passion Vine”. In this her support will be Ramon Navarro, another dancer from whom Ingram predicts a success which may even duplicate that of Valentino. Both Valentino and Navarro, Ingram made an interesting observation. “A good dancer” he said, “frequently makes a good screen actor”. Why? Because he has both poise and repose, and I don’t know any better start than these. In this connection.
They led Baldy off the set and back to the ranch the other day, his chores ended in “George Washington Slept Here” the latest role in the more than 1,000 he has to his movie credit. Baldy is a horse, 35 years old, and as camera-wise as many of the human actors who surrounded him. Rudolph Valentino once rode him, and so have many other stars. His salary ranges from $25.00 a day upward, depending upon how many tricks he’s called upon to perform. In “George Washington Slept Here” Baldy wanders through the ancient house in the country which Ann Sheridan and Jack Benny have just purchased, adding to their misery. That role was easy for Baldy, so he worked for his minimum.
Gloria Swanson in “Beyond the Rocks” with Rudolph Valentino in the lead supporting role, will be the feature film in local theaters during the week beginning Sunday, May 7, 1922. “Beyond the Rocks” was written by Elinor Glyn, author of “Three Weeks” and was directed by Sam Wood. The new Paramount Picture is the first in which Miss Swanson and Valentino appear together, and, it is predicted, will be one of the greatest film successes of the year.
“In the beginning, all of the fuss sadden me. But later I realized they were snatching not at me but at their dreams”. Rudolph Valentino at the NYC Premiere of his movie “The Eagle”…