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On 20 June 1923 , Arthur Butler Graham, Rudolph Valentino’s personal attorney who represented him during his lawsuit against Famous Players-Lasky. Sued his client in a New York Supreme Court in the amount of $48, 295 for legal services performed.
Rudolph Valentino recently told a reporter that he wanted a soul mate. His former wife Jean Acker, suing for separation and claiming that Rudy knocked her down, used her perfume and performed other acts of violence, came forth with the declaration that she was his soul mate only he didn’t realize it. After embarassing himself with all sorts of allegations in the court-room, she declared she adored him! Just a woman’s sweet way, I suppose. Well by the time the judge has granted a separation of divorce or other nominal severance, but take from Jean their souls go marching on.
Asking for tolerance of a growing industry, and for aid rather than discouragement in a fight to raise the standard of motion pictures, half a dozen prominent figures in the film world addresses a large audience last night at Immanuel Presbyterian church hero. “We ask that intelligent censorship only be permitted,” declared Charles F. Eyton. general manager of the Famous Players-Lasky corporation. “Censorship in the hands of fanatics will ruin the movie industry.” Other speakers included Reginald Barker, Bert Lytell, Kathleen Williams, June Mathis and Rev. Dr. C. B. Winbigler.
In 1925, Federico Beltrán-Masses painted Rudolph Valentino as a “Caballero Jerezano” a gentleman from Jerez in the Spanish region of Andalusia. In 1926, the portrait received numerous press mentions exhibited at the Stendhal Art Galleries at Los Angeles’s Ambassador Hotel. The painting became apart of Valentino’s massive art collection and displayed with pride at his residence Falcon Lair. At his estate sale, this painting was purchased by a Rambova relative. In 1951, his former mother-in law donated this painting to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.