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1920 – Once to Every Woman

Initially released 6 Sep 1920 and re-released again in 1922, “Once to Every Woman” is about a selfish spoiled young woman named Aurora Meredith. Aurora has become well-known locally in her small village as having a wonderful singing voice. One day, a wealthy woman has decided to take her under the wing and sponsor her continued music studies in Italy. After three years, on the continent, her sponsor dies, and she is without funds to complete her final year. Desperate Aurora accepts financial aid from an unknown young Italian man named Juliantimo. A bargain was struck and in lieu of payment she will marry him. When Aurora starts to gain fame and recognition, she starts to avoid Juliantimo. Soon with an offer to appear in New York City she immediate accepts and leaves to avoid the young Italian. During a singing appearance she meets the Duke of Devonshire who is besotted with her. The duke asks for her hand in marriage and arranges for her to have a leading role in an upcoming opera.

The night of the opera’s premiere Juliantimo appears in her dressing room and demands she uphold her bargain and marry him. Aurora refuses and orders him out. A discouraged Juliantimo returns to his sea and the Duke of Devonshire along with his fried Phineas Schudder to watch her performance. Towards the end of the performance Aurora notices from the stage Juliantimo has a gun and he fires a shot at her and misses. Turning the gun, he commits suicide. Aurora traumatized by all that has happened and discovers she has lost her voice. Doctors tell her she will never sing again and once her so-called friends find out leave her utterly alone. Aurora realizes how false and fleeting fame is and realizes without love life has no meaning. In the meantime, Phineas has become famous as a poet and tries to see her to no avail. Aurora returns to hearth and family and realizes there is no place but home for her. Aurora’s mother has become ill and begs for her to sing a song and in her sorrow doesn’t realize she has her voice back. But it doesn’t matter she remains in her local village and realizes that giving back is the greatest happiness of all. She starts teaching the village children and reunites with Phineas who gives her all the love she has been looking for.

Directed by Allen Holuber, Jewel Productions, released by Universal Pictures. The lead role was Dorothy Phillips, Rudolph Valentino, Margaret Mann, William Ellingford, Elinor Field. This is a lost film.

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In 1919, Pickford-Fairbanks Studios was first introduced to Hollywood. This site was eventually renamed United Artists Studios however, there had been an almost decade long feud between Mary Pickford and Samuel Goldwyn. This studio still exists today and is under a new name “The Lot”.

Rudolph Valentino never worked at this studio but he was friends with the owners.

 

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While Rudolph Valentino did not work at the Goldwyn Studio there is a connection to its owner. Mentor June Mathis was a writer who worked on the movie Ben Hur.  In 1926, studio head Samuel Goldwyn was a last minute replacement pallbearer at his funeral.

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Nita was an exotic persona and played up to this portrayal.

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Dec 1923 – Hollywood gossip

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Barbara LaMarr returned to California from a recent trip to Rome, Italy where she was filmed in the scene of “The Eternal City” found a delegation at the train station to meet her headed by Ramon Navarro and Bess Meredyth. Mis La Marrand Mr. Navarro will being work immediately upon “Thy Name is Woman”..

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Natacha Rambova Influence on Paul Poiret Dress Designs

Paul Poiret had many famous women he felt inspired by when designing his beautiful dresses.  None more fashionable than Natacha Rambova.  Here are several designs who have a Rambova like influence.

It was my inspiration of artists, in my dressing of theatrical pieces, that I served the public of my day”..Paul Poiret Dress Designer

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Dec 1924 – June Mathis & Silvano Balboni Marriage

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December bride June Mathis, screen writer and Silvano Balboni cinematographer were married at the Mission of St. Cecilia, Riverside, California.

1570698511_5d9ef50f20315-thumb.jpgTheir whirlwind romance is an outstanding example of how two professionals seemed destined to meet and have their own happily ever after.  It started out as mutual admiration between the couple.  Silvano amazed at the personality of Miss Mathis and June was attracted to his dynamic looks.  Now they are looking forward to collaborating on future movie projects.

This happily married couple were married until June’s early demise in 1927.  Their last movie collaboration was “The Masked Woman”.  For this project, June Mathis wrote and directed, and her husband had to come in and finish what his wife started.

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1921 – Agnes In Abstract

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