“My tenacity was bred of necessity. I was determined never to return to dancing”. – Rudolph Valentino
Mrs. Valentino busily supervising the presentation of a most beautiful setting, was very gracious when asked to pose. The classic nose, indicates an inquiring turn of mind, according to the artist. The lines below her heart are cubist designs for curls, we guess. Otherwise, quien sabe?
A garden has been opened on the roof of the Italian Hospital in London celebration of the birthday of Rudolph Valentino. The garden has been provided by the Valentino Association. The matron of the hospital had not heard of Valentino until recently.
Barbara La Marr, one of the highest paid screen stars in moviedom until her recent fatal illness, left an estate appraised at less than $10,000, according to her father William M. Watson. Although she was making more than $10,000 monthly when she was stricken on the set during the filming of her last picture, Miss La Marr died comparatively penniless, having given her thousands to charity. ‘Barbara derived her greatest pleasure in lavishing her wealth on others and watching the fruits of her charity’ the aged father appointed executor of the estate, declared in an interview. ‘She gave away more money than she ever spent on herself. She spent thousands of dollars every month towards orphanages, hospitals and film struck girls in need of financial assistance. Hundred benefited regularly by her benevolence. ‘Since her death, we have had visits from more than a score of prominent actresses who came to tell us how Barbara gave them money.’ The movie industry gave more than $1,000,000 to Barbara La Marr. ‘She received $10,000 for her first six scenarios, which she dictated to me while I typed,’ said Watson.
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Helen Smith, Des Moines was an ordinary girl that had an experience she will never forget. For the first time she traveled to New York City, on the same railroad as Rudolph Valentino in Aug 1926. Her first introduction was when he first seen her, he replied with an Italian accent “little Irish girl, what is your name”? She relied O’Shaughnessy. With that he smiled and replied, ‘I like the name that was my former wife name before she was adopted by the Hudnuts”. During our conversation “he spoke rather endearingly of his former wife. I’ll always believe he was in love with her”. She recalls only once during the entire trip did, he eat on the diner and no once did he go to the observation car. He hated the eyes of the staring public. “When a curious crowd would look at him with much the same look that a little boy gazed in on a caged animal. Valentino would remark ‘in this work your soul is not your own, neither is your life”.