2 Aug 1934 – Egotism of Stars


The late Harry Reichenbach, an American publicity agent, revealed in his book “Phantom Fame” some of his most interesting experiences with movie stars. “”I first met Rudolph Valentino in the tearoom of the Alexander Hotel, Los Angeles” he wrote. “He functioned as a dancing partner for girl patrons of the hotel, a hanger-on one of the myriad of hopefuls that dreamed of being an extra to the movie lots close by. I noticed him, and he came over to greet me. It happened that Clara Kimball Young needed a handsome, young, straight man in “Eyes of Youth” a sort of gigolo, and I told Herbert Sanborn, her manager, to come and have a look at Valentino. At first Herb, turned Rudolph down flat, for his left ear; but after I convinced him that Rudolph didn’t have to be photographed with a left profile, he agreed to take him on. Valentino never photographed with a left profile throughout his entire career on the screen. A few months later Reichenbach met Valentino again, and the latter, who had not been able to get a footing in the movie world early accepted an offer of twelve dollars to go round Los Angeles posting up notices of the actors strike. “When I saw him again he was a star,” wrote Mr. Reichenbach. “He had appeared in “The Four Horsemen” in 1919, and had galloped in first. In 1925, I was placed in charge of his pictures at the Paramount office. I know first-hand, for my publicity work played an important part in the life of Rudolph

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