Winifred Hudnut, the former wife of Rudolph Valentino refused to appear in her vaudeville act while on the same program which had a photoplay with her ex-husband as star. As a result her engagement was postponed from 4 Jan to 8 Jan.
Monthly Archives: March 2016
When you enter the reception room at the MGM the chap who takes your name is just as likely as not to be Jean Valentino, nephew of the late Rudolph Valentino. He’s been working there quietly, since March of last year, and is, they do say the sole support of his father Alberto and mother. Jean is dark like his uncle but doesn’t resemble him. He’s in his yearly 20’s and has no acting ambitions. He tinkers radios in his spare time and would like to be a sound engineer. One of these days, probably he’ll be sending his own name in.
“Beauty” says Natacha Rambova, actress-designer, and one-time wife of Rudolph Valentino “is an inward quality, the outward expression of which is a vivid face and an intelligent use of colour and originality in dress”. The American people have developed their sense of beauty tremendously, especially in the last year. There is an increasing desire on the part of more and more women to express their own individuality in their clothing. “European women always dressed to please themselves, American women until recently, have dressed only to be liked everyone else. They were afraid to be different. Now they want something more than their own. They want to interpret their ideas of beauty in what they wear. Natacha Rambova is one of those American women who has found in her dress and coiffure a satisfying medium in which to express her spirit. She is a tall thin person who wears a handsome turban over braided coils of red-brown hair. A woman today she said, “does not have to classic features to be considered beautiful”. In the old days you were either beautiful or you were not. Fifty years ago, Lillian Russell was the standard of beauty. Today there are hundreds of types which are considered equally beautiful. Few stars of the screen have the classic beauty. “I wish more girls would first consider developing their personality, their inward qualities, before resorting to cosmetics and other accessories in acquiring beauty. Brilliance of expression comes from the soul and not from adroit use of powders, rouges and cream. “While cultivating the inner qualities a woman should try to find what outward things most become her spirit. She should make her dress and hair express herself. She should never to copy anyone else’s hair or costume. She should try to find out what colours are most appropriate. The old idea that brunettes should wear red and orange and blondes grey and blue is absurd. Some brunettes definitely prefer blue and should wear it. Often a frail blonde demands a vibrant red or orange because it is the reflection of her spirit. There are two types of women who can wear red attractively. The first is the active energetic person. Calmer colours aggravate her. The second is the person who inwardly seethes with activity. That person needs red to stimulate her to do things, to express her inner drive, “calm poised, placid persons should wear blues and greens”. Business and practical people invariably choose browns and beige. The proper use of colour is an accurate inflection of inward beauty. But it is impossible to prescribe colours for anyone until she has herself found out what she is. Some women, for instance come to me who have worn blue their entire lives because they were told that colour was very becoming. Their spirits were depressed by the colour so I gave them red which they secretly craved and they blossomed. Such women sometimes need encouragement. “I really believe that it is essential for a woman to get at the root of her individuality and dress accordingly, if she wants to be beautiful. Beauty based on an inward brilliance and attractive dress can go a very long way in furthering your success in life. In fact, I believe it is vital for success in life.
Fans and Exhibitors Agree that Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan and Rudolph Valentino are the biggest drawing cards in the industry and lead the “Regular Program Stars” in popularity. A “program star” is one who produces pictures at intervals of three or four months. The public in liking Thomas Meighan and Rudolph Valentino in the same breath, show two distinctly different sides. Thomas Meighan represents the red-blooded, two-fisted he man sort of person. The men like him because he lacks any sign of being effeminate or foppish. And the women like him because – oh, well, he’s just the kind of big, strong man women like. Valentino on the other hand, represents the great lover, the perfect escort. He dresses faultlessly, he dances divinely and makes love to perfection. He is the sort of man dreamt about by women with five children and a husband with the manners of a stevedore. He represents perfection of culture and refinement and it’s no wonder that women with a round of household duties think he’s simply grand. And flappers too, get their idea of the perfect man from the hair oil advertisements. The men don’t like Valentino so much. That is, they don’t “just adore” him. But they have to admit he’s a good actor and is there when it comes to the haberdashery. Gloria Swanson is popular with women because she represents what most women would like to be; she is the embodiment of al seductive, irresistible womanhood. She wears magnificent clothes and plays the wicked vamp. And has not almost every woman a secret desire to be exactly this? When they see Gloria beautifully gowned, faultlessly groomed, making one attractive man after another fall victim to her charms, does not Fanny Fox from Farmingdale see herself in Gloria’s place, the fascinating woman of the world, greatly desired, greatly loved? And of course the men like Gloria. She is so beautiful and so fascinating and seems to possess all the characteristics that men are attracted to – not necessarily the characteristics they look for in a wife and housekeeper, but, you know, the things that make them forget about what a sordid business life is. It was a movie magazine that first took up seriously the problem of finding out what actors and actresses were the most successful form a box office point of view. So they asked exhibitors to rate the various stars according to their ability to draw crowds. This result was rather a shock to movie fans, and many of them wrote in expressing resentment that their particular favourite was not in the ranks. So the magazine invited the fans to send in their own ratings on a chart and curiously enough the ratings were practically the same in most cases. But there were many others that fans indignantly demanded to be put at the top of the list. Many fans considered Pola Negri, Bebe Daniels, and Nita Naldi all had many strong defenders. In some other cases, the fans ratings were found to be considerably lower than the exhibitors. As we thought the fans were the enthusiastic ones, while the exhibitors were the cold, calculating ones that judge only from box office receipts. But it seems that there is a decided difference in the point of view, which makes the exhibitors seem more lenient. No player was rated at zero by an exhibitor because he judged the drawing power knowing nothing of the ones who stayed away. The fan, on the other hand, dragged down averages by giving zero to the other players whose presence in a picture would keep them away. Blanche Sweet was the only one on the fans list who received no zeros. Out of the hundred ratings compiled Barbara La Marr receiving many rating of 95 percent, but she also received many zeros.
We have frequently commented on the fact that the modern screen player has developed into a sound business person who realizes the shifting, ephemeral quality of film fame and who sanely invests the generous returns which the work brings in a manner to insure independence regardless of future happiness. A survey of players working brings out these instances: Carmel Myers owns several houses which she leases, Conrad Nagel is salting his away in reliable bonds, Rudolph Valentino hired a manager who helps him with
sound investments, Karl Dane has a large chicken ranch not far from Los Angeles. Doesn’t sound much like reckless extravagance and Hollywood as she is painted does it?
The marriage of three film stars is announced in stories received this week – Mae Murray, Mae Busch, and Al St. John. Miss Murray was married on Sunday 27th of June to David Divani, a young Georgian film actor with Valentino and Pola Negri as best man and maid-of-honor. The wedding took place in Beverly Hills.
A two-year contract with Feature Productions to play important roles in pictures to be released through United Artists was signed this week by Estelle Taylor. Her initial role under the new arrangement will be with Rudolph Valentino in his Cellini picture which Fred Niblo is directing and Mme. Fred de Gresae is preparing for the screen. Miss Taylor recently appeared with John Barrymore in “Don Juan”.
Shortly before his departure for NY on the trip that ended with his death, Valentino and Ullman are said to have signed an agreement with the Beverly Ridge Company for the purchase of 110 acres of hills, stretching from Falcon Lair, the Valentino home to the Chaplin and Pickford-Fairbanks estates. The property was to be cut up into home sites of five and ten acres each and sold to members of the film colony. Pola Negri was among those who had agreed to build on the land, according to the report. It was the plan of Valentino to erect a stone wall enclosing the entire tract, with gates keepers lodges at the three entrances. Behind these walls, the residents of Valentinotown were to live shielded from the gaze of curious tourists. The property was valued at approximately a million dollars, the Hanson Finance Company holding a mortgage for $700,000. Valentino and Ullman when they signed the contract calling for the payment of $140,000 within sixty days also issued a note for $20,000 payable in thirty days. The note fell due as the actor lay on his deathbed. Then the contract expired, Ullman failing to make good the $140,000. As a result of this, the Hanson Finance Company foreclosed on the property, throwing the Beverly Ridge Company into bankruptcy, according to attorney Andrews. Beyer as receiver has made several demands on Ullman for the amount of the note and the contract. On the advise of Attorney Gilbert, these have been ignored, resulting in the notice by Andrews of court action.
Arthur Butler Graham, Counselor at Law was a personal attorney for Rudolph Valentino who represented him during his divorce from Jean Acker, served as a witness at his marriage ceremony to Natacha Rambova in Crowne Point, Indiana, litigated with Famous Players Lasky and negotiated his Mineralava Beauty Clay contract. The final straw for Arthur was when he sued his former client on 26 Jun 1923, in NY Supreme Court in the amount of $48, 295 for legal services performed. Arthur Butler Graham graduated from NY University died in 1951 at the age of 72 years, when he jumped from the fourteenth floor of his law office. his wife Linda died 23 Nov 1962 at the age of 78 and one of their sons Frederick died in 2015 at the age of 99.
Natacha Rambova, ex-wife of Rudolph Valentino, returned from the Riviera where she visited her mother Mrs. Richard Hudnut. Miss Rambova said a marked change in women’s fashions was evident in Paris and would appear here this year. The American woman, she declared, is freeing herself from the Parisian style reign and will now demand gowns designed for herself. She said, the Paris rule was overthrown because manufacturers copied dresses in great numbers, ruining individuality.
The Tec-Art is running two studios right in the heart of New York City. One on West 44th Street and the other on East 48th. Both out and out rental propositions, and the latest picture of note to be made in them was the Mrs. Rudolph Valentino Production for F.B.O.