Monthly Archives: Jul 2018

27 Jun 43 – Who Really Wrote Day Dreams Book of Poetry

Mention of a book of verse called “Day Dreams” bearing the name of Rudolph Valentino movie actor as author brought a footnote from Phillip Richard Davis who has also written a book or two of verse. He says: Some collectors seek this rare item because the verses attributed to Valentino were really written by Gordon Seagrove, former Chicago Tribune Reporter.  “Day Dreams{ was a press agents idea to augment the build-up of Valentino into a national heart throb. Also it was at that time he was having problems with the movie studios so this was extra money. Seagrove did the writing in a few days. Ask Vincent Starrett about Seagrove as Valentino’s ghost writer. He ought to remember; he was also approached for the job.  Seagrove was a first class minor poet in a gusty and humorous way. He was a frequent contributor to the Tribune Line O’type column in the 1920’s.  In book form, however, his writings are only available in Valentino’s “Day Dreams” and in link book back numbers.

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4 Aug 1940 – Still Remembered

Recently fans of the late great screen-lover Rudolph Valentino crowded into St. Malachy Church, New York for the annual memorial service. The British Valentino Association was represented. Valentino would have been 45 years old today had he lived.
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1926 – New York City

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23 Aug 2018 – 91st Annual Valentino Memorial Service

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As a reminder – on 23 August 2018, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA will be the site of the annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service.  This is THE oldest continuing memorial service to a wonder silent film actor that this blog is dedicated to – Rudolph Valentino.  At that time, I will be watching via Facebook live.

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3 Nov 1922 – Banking gone Wrong

Rudolph Valentino went to the Commercial Trust Company to deposit part of his meager weekly wage of $1250.  They almost had to call the reserves because the crowd gave such a good imitation of a mob scene.  The bank thought it was the beginning of a run, but Rudolph was merely bored by the proccedings; he had too many other things on his mind such as no counch in his dressing room, too small a mirror and memories sitting on a barrel under the hot California sun.

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“Fame is like a giant X-Ray. Once you are exposed beneath it, the very beatings of your heart are shown to a gaping world” Natacha Rambova, Dec 1922

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1921 – Forbidden Fruit

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Design sketch by Natacha Rambova

 

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31 Dec 1925 – Mrs. Valentino warns female fans

Mrs. Rudolph Valentino warns girls in ribbon counters to be aware of movie sheiks and mind their momma’s and papa’s.

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2008 – Howard Mahoney Blog

Many years ago, I discovered Rudolph Valentino’s former Lou Mahoney had a son named Howard who had a blog. I thought how cool was this and with interest read his blog posts about his father and Rudolph Valentino and even commented a few times on posts he added.  If you delve into his blog he does talk about his father’s relationship with Rudolph Valentino.  Mr. Howard Mahoney passed away in 2008 at the age of 80. But his memories live on in his blog.

http://howards-chronicle.blogspot.com/

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25 July 1927 – Memorial for Valentino

A Rudolph Valentino memorial service will be held in London tomorrow night in memory of the dead film star.  The service is sponsored by the Valentino Memorial Guild and the Valentino International Memorial Fund.  Women from all parts of England will come to London over the weekend to attend the service and pay homage to their favorite actor.

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