Monthly Archives: April 2017

1922 – Valentino’s Thoughts about Women

The greatest asset a woman has is her dignity.
One can always be kind of a woman one cares nothing about.
A love affair with a stupid woman is like a cold cup of coffee.
I do not like women who know too much.
I have been won always by the woman who has great ability to feel.

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22 Aug 1938 Valentino’s Favourite Dinner

Spaghetti and love have a historical tie-up. The revival of Rudolph Valentino’s “Son of the Sheik” and “The Eagle” plus his good friend Beulah Livingstone who wrote a book about him shares another recipe and a memory.

Rudy was a good cook who often made his own meals and loved to entertain his friends with a good home cooked meal. Rudy before he made it big in Hollywood would often make simple meals first he would make a novel salad of a huge bowl of lettuce in which he’d cut up fresh figs and tomatoes and add cream cheese. Then he would cook the main dish lovingly. A typical dinner menu would often be Spaghetti Rudolph Valentino, Italian Bread, salad with fresh lettuce, figs, tomatoes, herbs, cream cheese and French dressing – fresh plum tarts, coffee, milk. Rudy loved to share his recipe for Spaghetti. One package (8 ounces) spaghetti, 2 tablespoons, olive oil, 2 large onions, 2 green peppers, 1 pound ground round steak, 1-2 pounds of grated Parmesan or American Cheese, 1-2 cans tomato soup, salt, pepper, paprika, and a dash of cayenne. Plunge spaghetti into a large kettle of rapidly boiling salted water. Cook until tender. Drain at once. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Chop onions and green peppers. Fry in oil until well browned. Remove. Fry ground round steak, stirring frequently until thoroughly brown. Then return onions, peppers to pan and stir in the tomato soup. Mix well, season and simmer for 15 minutes. Use large baking dish. Rub it thoroughly with garlic, then butter evenly. Combine spaghetti and sauce and turn into baking dish. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake in moderately slow oven (325) for 1 hour. Rudy insisted the long, slow baking made the difference.

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1939 – Valentino’s Recipe for Italian Meatballs

Valentino loved cooking his beloved Italian Food. Also, he enjoyed exchanging and sharing some of his famous recipes. Here is one to try out.

One quarter pound of ground beef, 3-4 pounds of ground pork, 3 eggs unbeaten, 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 1 finely chopped clove of garlic, 1-2 teaspoons of salt, 1-2 teaspoons of black pepper, combine these ingredients, into a large bowl and shape into meat balls. Put the meat balls in a large frying pan with a little olive oil. Leave them in the frying pan until they are thoroughly browned. Once they are done set them aside until slightly cooled. Rudy would serve them as a separate dish or include them in various meals he cooked.

 

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1938 – Eggs Pola-Naise

Beulah Livingstone, an old friend of the late great Silent film star Rudolph Valentino who has just written a book about him, tells me about his love for Pola Negri. He liked to cook for her, and Miss Livingstone recalls the special dish Rudy would make for Pola, calling it humorously Eggs Pola-naise.

Ten eggs, 1 cup of fresh corn cut from cob, 1 onion, 1 can tomato soup, 1 green pepper, 1/2 clove garlic, and 1 tablespoon of butter. Heat butter, fry chopped onion, pepper and garlic until only slightly brown. Stir in tomato soup, add corn, and seasoning. Simmer for 1/2 hour. Remove from heat. Cool. Break eggs in bowl and beat only slightly. Combine with cooled sauce. Turn into buttered egg pan and scramble eggs until soft and smooth. Serve with large piece of Italian Bread. Serves 6.

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15 Apr 1951 – Descendent of one of Rudolph Valentino’s Horses

Hailed as one of the most remarkable performances every seen on the movie screen by a horse is the equine role played by the horse Chieftain a direct descendent of Rudolph Valentino’s famous white horse Chief in the thrilling action adventure picture “The Fighting Stallion”.

 

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15 Oct 1977 – Glad You Asked That

15 Oct 1977

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1920 – An Adventuress


Made by Republic Pictures, directed by Fred Balshofer, and starring Julian Eltinge, Virginia Rappe, R.de Valentina (Rudolph Valentino), Leo White and a cast of others in a movie that is both delightful and funny. The background of this movie is the Balsatian sea where 3 young men take it upon themselves to save the republic of Alpania from conspirators.

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April 1920 – Passions Playground


A 1920 silent film produced by Katherine MacDonald Productions, distributed by First National Exhibitors and adapted from a novel and written for the screen by Charles and Alice Williamson. This movie at the box office made $1 million. With a story, star and production that bid fair to set the pace for screen attractions for months. he background for this film was Monte Carlo the playground of the rich and famous where nobility and the like gather in Casino’s to try their luck. Mary Grant an orphan who has the blood of her gambler-father in her veins leaves an Italian Convent for Monte Carlo where she tries her luck and ends of breaking the bank. Mary was young and unworldly became famous because of her newly found fortune found that type of money attracted the wrong sort of people. One of those persons was a man named Lord Dauntrey and several others were plotting to try and steal her money. Mary found that money doesn’t guarantee you friends or entry with the rich and famous. One of the rich who did not find immediate favor with her was the sophisticated Prince Angelo Della Robbia (Rudolph Valentino). The Prince seemed to always be around when Mary needed rescuing from the unscrupulous. Eventually, Mary ends up under the protection of the Prince who fell in love. But that did not stop those from trying to ensure that the Prince and Mary did not end up together. The wife of his brother Prince Vanno Della Robbia (Norm Kerry) visits her and finds out that a former student from the same convent several years earlier had eloped with a man who then deserted her. When a former sweetheart of her husband accuses her of the deed, she places the blame on Mary. Mary flees to an old chateau located in the mountains where she is drugged by Lord Dauntrey and his men who were plotting to steal her money. The Prince, after learning the truth of the matter, comes to her rescue, and a happy ending. Katherine MacDonald in the role of the beautiful but tragic heroine with Rudolph Valentino in his supporting role of the hero Prince a picture that will make you gasp at its splendor, its intrigues and it’s romance.

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