14 Aug 1926 – Valentino Last Party

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Built in 1907, 925 Park Avenue was the scene of the last party Rudolph Valentino would ever attend.  The evening of 14 Aug 1926, Rudolph Valentino went to see George White’s “Scandals” at the Apollo Theater, W.42nd St and with him was Barclay Warburton a young stockbroker. After the performance, both went backstage to visit Harry Richman. Somebody asked Valentino, Warburton, and Richman to join a party that was in progress at actress Lenore Ulric uptown apartment. Supposedly Valentino begged off attending saying he had indigestion.  Warburton suggested Valentino and a few others accompany him to his apartment at 925 Park Ave. At the party, were Richman, Francis Williams, and according to newspaper account “a dark-haired dashing young matron” escorted by Valentino and another young woman from the Scandals cast.  That young woman may have been Marion Benda.  Later she claimed she was in the Warburton party. Warburton served a late super and the party was still going strong at 2:00 a.m. Sunday 15 Aug 1926 when Valentino collapsed.  The actor was taken in Warburton’s car to his hotel and a local physician Dr. Paul Durham was called and after a night of pain, Valentino was taken to Polyclinic Hospital, W. 50th Street, New York City where he would later die from medical complications.

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