20 Jun 1921 – Bonnie Glass Falls into New Fortune

One hundred years ago, Bonnie Glass the former dance partner of Rudolph Valentino will again linger in the lap of luxury for her artist husband recently declared bankrupt was paid $1,500.000 from the estate of his late grandfather.   She was engaged in the work of a cabaret dancer when she met and married her present husband at one time a wealthy portrait painter.  At one time he was worth $10,000.000.  Eventually he became penniless and Bonnie had to do without some of the luxuries she became accustomed too. Now once again wealthy she can afford to laugh at her enemies.

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1921 – Bebe Daniels Rest Stop

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Note the person in this picture has a similar hair style to Natacha Rambova’s who was considered to be a very stylish woman courtesy of Valentino’s money or lack thereof.

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7 Jun 1922 – Rudolph Valetino Released

Rudolph Valentino, the motion picture actor, who was charged with having committed bigamy, by marrying Winifred Hudnut, the daughter of a rich American perfumer, before his final divorce decree was granted from Jean Acker, another picture artist, who was his first wife, have been set free. The evidence was found to be insufficient.
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6 Jun 1922 – Girl Drops Her Knitting in Excitement Over Valentino

Rudolph Valentino “lover of the. screen,’’ shortly after 10 o’clock today pushed his way through crowds of women into the court of Justice J. Walter Hanby for his preliminary hearing on a charge of bigamy. Long before the handsome young Italian, actor, his dark eyes glowing his black hair slicked tightly to his head made his appearance, the courtroom was crowded chattering throng, largely composed of women from young high school girls to elderly matrons.  Valentino, dressed in immaculate black, with a few vigorous strides as though crossing the camera’s lens, entered the courtroom and slipped *into a chair. He appeared excited and ill at ease, looking at no one, and saying nothing as he did at his arraignment. He sat without smiling, chewing one finger of his right hand as he waited, attorneys, and film friends grouped about him, for the call of the bailiff. The courtroom hushed as Valentino entered and one girl dropped her knitting. Several consulted motion picture magazines, comparing the screen star with his pictures. Without moving from his place Valentino allowed several pictures to l) e taken by newspaper photographers. Deputy District Attorney J. D. Costello briefly outlined the case and called the first witness, Jean Acker, first wife of the defendant, to the stand. Valentino did not look at her, a vision in creamy silk, but the expression of his eyes seemed to say that his thoughts were a continent away with Winifred Hudnut, his exiled bride who has sought refuge with her stepfather, Richard Hudnut, in New York. Costello at once began the examination, and Miss Acker, answering in soft tones, told him she had been married to Valentino June 5, 1919, how they quarreled and separated, became reconcile 1 and quarreled again, and how she? sued for divorce. Papers to show an interlocutory decree of divorce had been granted March 4, 1922, were introduced. Spectators leaned forward to see when photographed copies of the marriage license of “Valentino and Winifred De Wolfe” was introduced as the first premise in the state’s effort to prove its bigamy charge. The record showed that the wedding was performed in Mexicali, Mex., May 13, 1922, by Civil Judge Tolentini Sandoval. At this point, the justice abruptly called the morning recess and the crowd surged round Valentino as he rose and shook hands with Miss Acker, conversing with animation for the first time.

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4 June 1920

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June 2021 – This Month on Patreon Frank E. Campbell/Funeral Home

For Patreon Supporters- This month as we approach the upcoming anniversary of Rudolph Valentino’s untimely passing, we will start out by delving into Frank E. Campbell and his NY Funeral home. 

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01 June 1924 – Another Battle of the Century, for a Famous Beauty’s Love

If Mr. Tex Rickard, internally known prize promoter were in the business of staging contests between champion lovers instead of boxing fights he would surely have combed Hollywood, California or Broadway, New York City as the two most likely stomping grounds for promising material.  And, inevitably his practiced eye would have hit on Lew Cody, Hollywood’s pet he-vamp, and Arthur Hammerstein, leading lothario of the great white way, to represent their proud and respective communities.  For each is a Dempsey among the “great lovers” and entitled to wear a championship belt.  The heart affairs of each make food for gossip and inspiration for song.  Each is known as a heady, shifty battler wise in the lore of the romance ring. Of course, Mr. Rickard, is not going to stage any such fantastic battle.  Nevertheless, it has just taken place in real life, under the canny direction of another master promoter, Dan Cupid, who has developed many champions in his time. It was fought across the continent during the last year, sometimes in Hollywood, sometimes in New York.  The prize was dainty, dimpled Dorothy Dalton, beauty of stage and screen and the outcome was in doubt for months. But just the other day, Dorothy Dalton herself raised Arthur Hammerstein’s hand aloft and proclaimed him winner!  Both were married in Chicago and scores of theatrical celebrities came to the wedding.  So Broadway, beat Hollywood in the prize love battle of the century.. The gossips can relax and say “well that’s settled”.

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1923 – Editor Gossips

Motion picture stars have written biographies since the beginning of the industry.  While Rudolph Valentino is not about to publish his he is about to publish a book of verse called “Reflections”. It is to be very attractively bound in Chinese Red and lettered in gold and black.  This editor has conveniently seen the dummies, and the contents poetry from his own pen; some of it written to various people and some of it various things.  We venture a prophecy the love lyrics of Rudolph Valentino will not be left on the shelves of local bookstops for long. heir sale will be tremendous and after all, what could be more fitting and proper than love versus from the pen of Valentino?

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15 May 1922 – Scandal Happenings in Mexicali

SCANDAL ARISES IN VALENTINO marriage nuptials in Mexicali celebrated at local Cognisance is taken of the rumors and semi-allegations afloat this morning to the effect that Rudolph Valentino, famous film celebrity, has committed bigamy in marrying Winifred Hudnut, art director for Madame Nazimova, in Mexicali Saturday afternoon. So far as has been learned there has been no official action in this direction but opinion is rife that such will be the result. It is alleged that Valetino came to Mexico to marry because of a legal technicality in his divorce obtained last year which stipulated that ho could not marry within the state again within one year. “We are madly in love with each other and it just counld’t wait, said Valentino, to a large gathering of Mexicans around Mayor Otto Moller’s home in Mexicali Saturday afternoon, after he was called on to appear with his new bride. Valentino and Winifred Hudnut, a former dancer and now art director for Madame Nazimova, were quietly married at the home of Mayor Moller at 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon by Civil Judge T. Sandoval. Only four Americans were present at the cereOftony which was witnessed by four Mexican officials. The Americans were Dr. Florella Mansfield Wyatt of Palm Springs, Cal., Douglas Gerrard, former director for Valentino and now a director for Universal, and Mr. and Mrs. Billy Silver of Calexico. A queen play on two Mexican words kept the whole affaij as quiet as it was kept and saved the famous couple from having to dodge old shoes and rice from a vast throng of admirers. One of the words means hunting and the other, so similar that when pronounced can hardly be distinguished from “hunting”, that the general impression was noised around that Valentino was here for a three week’s hunting trip in the mountains. He was seen in Calexico early Saturday morning and many suspicions were aroused when it became known that his finance was in his party stopping at the Barbara Worth hotel in El Centro. The’ party was chaperoned by Dr. Wyatt. However, Valentino was content to let the rumor that he was here on a hunting trip continue its course. The Mexican band and string orchestra furnished the music at the wedding dinner served at the home of Mayor Moller. Many beautiful floral offerings were received by the newlyweds from Mexican officials and other people. Valentino and his bride slipped quietly away Saturday night for San Diego where they are today. It is understood that they may leave for New York to live at the home of his bride until the legal verbiage clears away

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12 May 1922

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11 May 1922 – Special Studio Announcement

The movie studios decided the fans should be told that Rudolph Valentino was soon to marry Natacha Rambova.  To the public at large Miss Rambova was revealed as Winifred Hudnut stepdaughter of Richard Hudnut millionaire cosmetics manufacturer.  The dashing Valentino and the beautiful aloof and suddenly rich Rambova seemed like a prince and princess in a fairy story.  Every effort was made to sharpen this impression.  Valentino was suddenly endowed with a degree, Doctor of Agriculture. His deceased father was even elevated from village veterinary to head of an excellent old Italian family.  Reporters flocked to Paramount Studios and the mystery of Natacha Rambova had always intrigued them and the revelations that she was the authentic and beloved stepdaughter of a multimillionaire was real news. Not even Valentino had known who she really was; he had first learned of Natacha exalted background from the newspapers. Nevertheless, he was overjoyed and believed himself the most blessed of men. He was going to marry a beautiful and brilliant woman whom he admired and adored and since he was now earning more that $50,000 a year, he didn’t need her money.  However, it should be noted that Valentino should be careful on his spending habits since it’s a well-known fact he wants a family.

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May 2021 – This Month on Patreon Rudolph Valentino and the Public Dance Craze

For Patreon Supporters – This month we are going to talk about Rudolph Valentino and the public dance craze. 

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