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31Oct 1939 – Marian Adored Valentino

“My girl Marian was nuts about Rudolph Valentino, judge” and as simple an
explanation, as that got Benjamin Platt, 29, slim and bespectacled, out of jail and
 earned him the promise of a wedding present.  Of course, Marian remained in a hospital under treatment for painful burns but otherwise, Benjamins explanation seemed to liquidate a jam which Marians admiration for the late film star got him into.  It began one night, when Benjamin and Marian went to a movie and saw portions of Valentino in a news reel.  Marian has a collection of souvenirs of Valentino.  “Benjamin” Marian sighed “I’d dearly love to own that film”. Thus spurred Benjamin into action. He pried his way into the theatre projection booth and confiscated the film.  He sped to his love, who awaited him in the basement of his home. There they trimmed the Valentino sequence and hurled the remainder of the coiling into the furnace. Flames leaped from the furnace door. The precious strip of film which portrayed the star of “The Sheik” went up in flames and Marian fell screaming. Marian was taken to the hospital and Benjamin was taken to jail. He earnestly told his story to Judge Gibson Gorman, in felony court.  When he finished the judge smiled and placed him on probation.  Up stepped the complainant, Thomas Murray, theater manager.  “For your wedding present, I will give you a copy of the Rudolph Valentino film. I hope it will bring you happiness.
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1922 – What the Fans Say

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25 Nov 1922 – Film Face Worth $26,000 a year

O.A. Atkinson, the London “Dully Express” cinema correspondent, writes: Variety of occupation in this spice of existence. there is a certain parallel between the career of the average screen actor and the Odyssses of the restless souls who in the great days of the militia desperately clutched the Queen’s shilling and “listed for a soldier”. It is given to few of us to follow in-turn such diverse professions an landscape gardener, waiter. tango dancer and film actor, hut this has been the destiny of Mr. Rudolph Valentino, the dashing young man who swanks his way to glory In “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” It is not easy to understand just how and why Rudolph acquired his considerable reputation as a screen lady-killer. He is a keen-looking young fellow who uses best-quality hair oil
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7 Feb 1948 – Souvenir

Manhattan restauranteur Sam Slavin still holds an IOU from Rudolph Valentino for $10.00. He lent Rudy money when the great silent film star worked in Slavin’s place for $12.00 a week. Valentino many times tried to buy it back, but Slavin always refused to sell. And its still there, framed, on the wall of the restaurant.

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1926 – RV Death Triggers Suicides

In 1926, Rudolph Valentino’s death triggered a string of women committing
suicides. The first one was Agatha Hearn, NY who could not stand the thought
that the Sheik was gone forever. Waiting outside Campbell’s funeral parlor
in NY was enough catharsis to many mourners, but Mrs. Hearn believed her
grief was too great for that; so she shot herself. When her body was found,
a sheaf of Valentino photographs was clutched in her hand.  The second one
was “A Bronx housewife attempted suicide of ‘my love for him’ but failed.
The third one “In London, Peggy Scott, 26 year old dancer, made away with
herself and left behind a note:
It is heart breaking to live in the past when the future is hopeless please
look after Rudolph’s pictures. The fourth one “In Japan, two girls clasped
hands and leapt into a fiery volcano”. The fifth “In Rome, where the death
was regarded by some as a greater calamity than Caruso. Mussolini exhorted
women to become mothers not suicides. “What can best be described as grief
riots were staged by women in many parts of the world.
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24 Oct 1926 – Rudolph Valentino Protects his name

Peggy Scotts Suicide – When a verdict of “suicide while of a sound mine” was returned at the inquest on Peggy Scott, some women on behalf of friends of Rudolph Valentino pointed out to the court that is was impossible for Scott to have known Valentino who was not in Europe at the time. They alleged that it was only fair that this should be pointed out, because Valentino’s character was impugned. Some people thought nothing of discrediting film actors. The Coroner agreed.
A message of Oct 5 was as follows: A pathetic letter addressed to a girl friend by Peggy Scott, known as “the valentino girl” was read at the inquest on the latter. It read “I cannot continue anymore. It has been inevitable for a long time that I should finish things. Simply existing is heart-breaking, and living in the past, when one’s future is hopeless, has broken my heart. I am only a butter made for sunshine and happiness, and can’t stand the loneliness and shabbiness. With no one to care for me, and no babies to love, life is awful. Please preserve Rudolph’s pictures. He has helped me over lots of stiles. not only in 1922. Rudolph helped me to carry on, and I had some wonderful moments but when he died the last elastic snapped.”
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1921 – Cookin with Norm Kerry

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Hot Well Springs Hotel, San Antonio, TX

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In centuries past, the rich and famous most were hypochondriac’s spent their time visiting fashionable health resorts. These resorts all lavishly appointed featuring the latest in modern health cures. These spas were a guaranteed successful money making venture as long as they remained au current amongst those who could afford to visit.  In 1892, a sulfur artesian spring, was founded on a lot owned by the Southwestern Lunatic Asylum, located on the San Antonio River.  The newly discovered water was unusually warm. containing high levels of sulfur and other undefined minerals. In 1893, prosperous businessman and developer McClellan Shacklett, bought a 10 acre area near the well water site to build his luxury spa.  The inspiration came from a resort at Hot Springs, Arkansas. Working with renowned architects and builders who could bring his vision a reality, he could see a tree lined entrance to the property featured a circular drive with a large 4 tiered fountain in the front an artificial lake with pleasant walkways with the idea of being enclosed in a therapeutic nirvana. There would be streetcars available for the hotel guests to ferry to and from the train station.  Before the dream could become a reality, a major marketing campaign was on the horizon.  Advertisements were placed in local and international newspapers praising the therapeutic benefits of the water and the luxurious peaceful surroundings.  In 1894, the hotel’s grand opening was a monumental success. Later in the year, there were two fires on the property causing substantial loss. In 1895, McClellen Shacklett sold the hotel to the Texas Hot Sulphur Water Sanitarium Co. The new owners expanded the hotel to over 80 rooms with the latest in modern amenities hot and cold water, electric and gas lighting and telephones.  There were 3 swimming pools one for ladies, gentlemen and their families. Hotel activities included tennis, croquet, bowling, horseback riding, concerts, social dances, lectures, garden teas, dominoes, and gambling.  The hotel’s luxury was a magnet for the rich and famous of their day, railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman had a rail spur built to the hotel’s grounds for his own private train cars.  Silent film stars Rudolph Valentino stayed at the hotel more than once, Tom Mix, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr, Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplain, film director Cecil B. DeMille, Sarah Bernhardt, Will Rogers, future president Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders all visited the hotel during its heyday.
There is no archived copies of the hotel’s guest books in existence. The San Antonio Express Newspaper is the only known source to determine what famous hotel guests stayed on the property.
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22 Nov 1932

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28 Jun 1931 – The Case of Why Rich Women Prefer to Divorce in Paris

This writer is going to use the divorce case of Winifred Hudnut/Natacha Rambova versus Rudolph Valentino as an example of why women prefer to divorce in Paris. So we know that Winifred/Natacha was granted a divorce in Paris simply on the fact Valentino wrote a letter to her that he definitely and purposely left her and decided to cease all relations with her. Thus she was “grossly insulted”. But lets not forget Winifred got her knickers in a twist when she was no longer Valentino’s de facto manager and barred from movie studios. Hudnut and Valentino journeyed to Paris and it was no secret they were planning to divorce. The ruling of the Seine trial was Hudnut was entitled to all of the rights of as an American because her marriage was in Crowne Point, Indiana and “gross insult” was grounds for divorce. Most French writers contend there are three grounds for divorce under French Civil Code. Grounds for divorce are innumerable: Article 229 A husband may divorce his wife on the basis of her infidelity.Article 230 A wife may divorce her husband on the basis of his infidelity. Article 231 Both spouses may reciprocally divorce each other on the basis for violence, cruelty, or gross insults.Article 232 The condemnation of one of the spouses to a corporal punishment shall be another cause for divorce. Although no local difference is suppose to exist, so as far as husband and wife are concerned French authorities contend that in the case of an indiscretion the courts always seem to look with more indulgence upon the false step of the husband than of the wife.

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