10 Jul 1935 – From Tasmania Not forgotten

Although he has been dead for nearly nine years, the glamour of Rudolph Valentino, the film star, still persists.Through the Valentino Association, which is composed mostly of women “fans” all over the world, his birthday is punctiliously observed. This year, it fell on Jubilee Day and in remembrance of those days when Valentino was himself a “down-and-out” the association, through the Good Companions and Centre at Goldington Street near Mornington Crescent founded a bed which will always be available for a homeless man, states “the people”. The Valentino Association has already founded a roof garden and a children’s ward at the Italian Hospital, London in memory of the dead film star, as well as re-equipped a children’s ward at St George Hospital. Valentino, son of a Italian Calvary officer, found himself in New York penniless. Faced with starvation because, not being a naturalized citizen, he could get no work, he walked the streets of the city for three days and three nights without a bite of food. This was his comment: “I’ve reached the city centre by the crooked path o hell; starvation’s been my mentor and has taught her lesson well.” A few years later his success as a screen lover of the “silent” films had brought glamour and romance to millions of women all over the world. A Berlin firm, receiving an order to construct a broadcasting station in Bulgaria, has found it expedient to take payment in Bulgarian tobacco and also that Palestine, needing to sell innumerable Taffa oranges, has exchanged about 100,000 cases of oranges for 70,000 tons of coal front South Wales.
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