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26 Feb 1918 – Vaudeville Stars


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23 Feb 1932 – Late Rudolph Valentino’s Reduced Estate

Rudolph Valentino’s estate, at first estimated at £500,000 has shrunk below £20,000 and may disappear altogether if the Government enforces Its claims against the late actor for unpaid In come tax.
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21 Feb 1928 – Poor Mills

If allegations in litigation ore correct, Mrs. Millie Hawkes, New York, at 85 years, bobs and dyes her hair, has 50 pairs of shoes, five fur coats and is the mother of the late June Mathis,  Metro scenario writer. Mills is being sued for half of an estate of $50,000 under an undated will. Silvano Balboni, her son-in-law, says he is maintaining her in luxury and wants out.

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Feb 1922 – Letter to Editor

Dearest Editor,

As an old reader from your publication, I am herewith taking the wonderful opportunity to say something on the subject concerning some of my favourite actors and actresses.  I would like to take a moment to congratulate the movie industry for the great progress and better pictures made during this past year which is due to the fact of the new types being introduced to the public.  Rudolph Valentino, Colleen Moore, Glen Hunter, Richard Dix, and scores of others responsible for cleaner and better pictures.  I predict in the future this might change but for now I remain a fan and wishing all success.

Very Truly, Blanche Kate, NY

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18 Feb 1919 – Here’s a Lesson for All Budding Scenario Writers

June Mathis, who heads the screen writing staff at the new Metro Studios, Hollywood, recently rejected a manuscript submitted to her by a budding Pennsylvania writer. She accompanied the returned motion picture story with the following note: “Your plot would be splendid If it weren’t for prohibition. Your villain is drunk every time he attempts any of his dirty work. I cannot imagine any man robbing a bank under the influence or wrecking a train while intoxicated by near beer, or abducting the ingenue as a result of looking on the grape juice while it was purple. “The jag, on the screen and off, is very much out of the fashion these days. Try to motivate your stories with something that has a real kick, but contains no alcohol. “P. S. —I might also add that Percy is not a good name for your hero. He fights with his bare hands; usually when they’re named Percy they don’t soil ’em that way.”

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12 Feb 1927 – Valentino is a Russian Hero

Will Rudolph Valentino do for the Russian what he did for the Latin? Meaning, will he make us thing of the romantic male when a Russian is mentioned? Ever since Rudy glided through “The Four Horsemen” and cut a great big niche for himself in the cinema hall of fame we have thought of Spaniards and Argentinians whenever the discussion led to heart flutters. We even think of “sheiks” as being of Latin persuasion. All of which speculation is due to the fact Valentino is appearing as a Russian in “The Eagle,” a glamorous film showing at the Liberty theater Sunday and Monday. Vilma Hanky, famous Hungarian beauty, plays opposite the star. Louise Dresser, noted stage and vaudeville star for years, has a featured role as the Czarina.

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Feb 1922 – On the Camera Coast

There were more world potenates at the opening of Marcus Lowe’s new movie theater in Los Angeles than there were at the disarmament conference in Washington. Some people may have heard of Marshal Foch but they would break their necks to see him the way they did to behold Gloria Swanson in person.  The interior of the theater is by far the most beautiful piece of architecture in Los Angeles. It is of Spanish renaissance, the chief decorator being the users who wear mantillas and high combs. I thought them more beautiful than the movie stars, but of course everyone to his own taste. Fred Niblo was master of ceremonies and he may not be so famous as Foch but I’ll say he is just as brave.  Rudolph Valentino did not show because he is refusing to make personal appearances. Gloria Swanson made a bow from her orchestra seat and the spotlight fell on Constance Talmadge who arose and smiled about a thousand dollars worth.  Movie players Betty Compson, Anita Sterwart, Viola Dane, Alice Lake, Tom Mix, Harold Lloyd, Wesley Barry, Jackie Coogan, Doris May, May McAvoy, Bustor Keaton when introduced all took their respective bows.  The show was late in starting and the night was magical and no one disappointed except the one who refused to show up in support.

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3 Feb 1926 – Hollywood is Laughing at Pola on trip to New Mexico

Hollywood is enjoying a laugh at the expense of Pola Negri in connection with a sudden trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico, on ‘‘oil business.” The film star, it was told by friends, was meeting Rudolph Valentino studio officials, on learning of the trip, wired to return immediately to avoid a publicity scandal. When she arrived in Albuquerque, she was greeted by a dozen reporters and informed there was no oil there. She started back to Hollywood. Upon his arrival here on his way to California, Rudolph Valentino denied he was engaged to Pola Negri and knew nothing about her trip to New Mexico. Valentino asserted he did not know Miss Negri intimately. Pola arrived at Albuquerque at midnight for business reasons, she said, and left at once. The incident gave rise to rumors that the two were to meet and be married.

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1921 – 100 Years Ago Today


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Feb 2021 – This month on Patreon a virtual Valentines dinner date with Valentino


For Patreon Supporters – This is a special month dedicated to all things love and romance.  Valentino was known as the “Great Lover” a man whose captivating effect is synonymous with love.  Our featured article offers a twenty first century exclusive a virtual Valentines romantic dinner date with Rudolph Valentino.

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