1 Sep 1930 – Two Valentino’s

When I first met Valentino I was amazed to find not the romantic hero, but
just a boy, quite frank and sincere. Why, he is only a child! At first, I
was disillusioned, but in another way I liked him the more.  There were two
distinct Valentino’s – Rudy the artist and Rudy the man.  The one was
swashbuckling cavalier who flashed across the screen into the hearts of
millions. The other was a simple boy with a childish sensitiveness often
mistaken for weakness by the undiscerning and the prejudiced. American men,
particularly had no use for him. They looked down on him, criticized him,
which hurt him for he was anxious to be liked; he wanted friendship and
respect. Had they taken pains to know him, they would have given him both;
but he couldn’t talk business, politics, or the stock exchange. He had no
mentality for such things. They lay beyond his grasp because he had utterly
no interest in them.
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