Monthly Archives: November 2015

21 Sep 1924 – Rudolph Valentino Talks of His Poetry

After all one need hardly be surprised to learn that Rudolph Valentino ostensibly the foremost lover of the so-called Silver Sheet, has blossomed into a poet and a physical trainer. Surely, all great lovers whether move or otherwise, are imbued with the spirit of poetry latent or actual. And as for the role of physical trainer well Valentino is five feet eleven and one half inches and weighs one hundred and sixty five pounds. Furthermore, he possesses the build of an athlete, although at our interview he was noticeably pale. Indeed beneath his eyes he has a purplish tint as if to accentuate the darkness of his orbs. Appareled in a blue serge suit a pleasingly tipped soft hat and sporting a cane and a pair of kid gloves. Valentino made an excellent appearance. Valentino came out with a pamphlet on “How You Can Keep Fit” and he posed for the illustrations . The noted sheik explains how you can attain and admirable body and illustrates by including a number of exercises. My interview with Valentino took place just before he sailed for Europe on the Leviathan. Innumerable women of all ages, some pretty some not so. “I love the poetry of D’Annunzio” began Valentino, who by the way, speaks with a slightly foreign accident. “And I like very much the poetry of Tennyson and Byron. I’m not to be considered a critic, but I like good poetry, whether it is old or new. There is good and bad poetry being printed today, just as there was in the old days. Asked whether or not another volume of his “Book of Day Dreams” would appear and he replied “ I hardly think so because I am very busy now you see. I wrote those poems in my spare minutes during the day but I don’t think I’ll have any more time for day dreaming”.

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“You bet my life isn’t an easy one. I worked thirty-six hours at a stretch to complete my last picture finishing at seven-thirty in the morning”..Rudolph Valentino, 1924

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“Magic is the soil of Egypt”..Natacha Rambova, 1946

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On her first visit to Egypt “I felt as if I had at last returned home. The first few days, I couldn’t stop the tears from streaming from my eyes”..Natacha Rambova, 1936

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20 Oct 1934 – Millionaire’s Daughter Marriage to a Nobleman

Natacha Rambova, the beautiful second wife of the late Rudolph Valentino, has been secretly married to Don Alcaro Urvarz, a Spanish nobleman. The wedding took place at Palma, Majorca, The couple have bought a villa at Palma, overlooking the sea, where they intend to live. Mrs. Valentino is stated to have made a fortune in property speculation in Majorca. According to their friends, the couple were secretly married by the civil authorities in Paris some time previously. In deference to the wishes of the bridegroom’s family, a Roman Catholic religious marriage ceremony followed at the’ Church of San Francisco, in Palma. The bride is not a Roman Catholic. She agreed to the religious marriage to please Don Alcaro’s family, which ls one of the oldest Catholic Basque families In Spain. Only a few friends were present. Natacha Rambova is the adopted daughter of Mr. Richard Hudnut, the millionaire perfumer. She went through two ceremonies of marriage with Valentino. Valentino’s first wife was Jean Acker, There was a divorce In 1922. Before the time required by Californian law for divorced persons to re-marry had elapsed Valentino and Miss Rambova were married. They said that they were “so madly in love with each other that they would not wait.’ As the divorce had not by that time become operative the couple remarried in March 1923. Since the death of Valentino Miss Rambova’ had claimed that she has received spirit messages from him through a medium. “The messages I have received from Ruddy,” she once said, “are wonderful. He has given the most Interesting details of his life over there. He tells me that he is extremely happy.” Miss Rambova also claimed that Valentino had explained his will in which he left her one dollar and about £100,000 to her aunt, his brother, am his sister. “I quite understand,” she said. Natacha Rambova obtained : decree of divorce in Paris against Valentino.

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27 Aug 1930 – Rudolph Valentino owed some money

A minor Hollywood sensation has been caused by the suit which Alberto Guglielmi and Maria Strada brother and sister of the late Rudolph Valentino have filed against George Ullman. They charge Ullman with mismanagement of the estate and diverting large sums of money for his own use. Ullman, in the answer he has filed to the charges, says that, far from mismanaging the estate, he found it in a debt-ridden condition and spent years ironing it out. It was Valentino who wrecked his own estate, Ullman claims, for he died leaving debits of over $60,000 into a surplus of $100,000 to be distributed among the heirs. A court hearing will take place at the end of this month, and a decision reached as is whether Ullman shall be permitted to continue as manager and executor of the estate.

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10 Sep 1930 – Rudolph Valentino Converting films into talkies

Rudolph Valentino fans are up in arms at the proposal to convert his films into talkies. The proposal was made by M. Paul Roger a Paris acoustic expert, who plans to take “Blood and Sand” and fit the living voice to the lip movements of the dead star. He says this would create the illusion that Valentino was speaking. Admirers, however, who still number millions are determined to prevent what they describe as sacrilege and an insult to his memory. They could not endure al alien voice masquerading as part of his magnetic personality.

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