No one would attempt to deny that Rudolph has had a severe setback. One of the very big directors told me it was his opinion t hat Rudy had been all but assassinated professionally by the too open attempts to advertise him as a lady-charmer. According to the opinion of this director, that has been Rudolph’s trouble. He was touted so heavily as “the great lover of the movie screen” that has aroused the resentment not so much of men as of women. Valentino and other famous silent stars of the time. In every one of these famous stage careers there is a core of tragedy, of futility, and failure.
Jacques Bustanoby, 62 who could and did produce dinners at a $100 a plate, who introduced New York City to the novelty of restaurant dancing and established the first bar for women, died yesterday. Once he employed the late Rudolph Valentino at $10 a week to dance with customers.
Cerutti’s bartender, Nick Morgen, had a glamourous past for awhile when he worked as a stand-in for Rudolph Valentino when the great lover was the heart throb of the nation.
For a time in New York, I worked with Rudolph Guglielmi at the afternoon tea dances in Churchills Café. We’d sit at a table with a hostess until there would be a sign from a woman that she wanted a dance. So, we would go over and dance and we received $2 for an afternoon. George Raft said although I could dance those times were more demanding than when he became famous. Rudolph Guglielmi had a carisma that cannot be denied. He was a popular dancer and made the most ackward looking woman glide like a swan while dancing.
My housekeeper is an expert on the Great Lovers, she used to work for a woman who was a close friend of Rudolph Valentino. “He was very quiet”, says my housekeeper. “He hardly had a thing to say. He used to take off his shoes the minute he came in the door and sit around all evening in his socks. He was absolutely nothing”. Naturally when word got out a few years ago, that the late Aly Khan was coming to dinner across the hall, she went straight to the neighbors cook “Rudolph Valentino was nothing, but I hear this one is the greatest. For goodness sake, just let me get a good look at him. The man she saw sitting at the Vasco Garans dinner party was no matinee idol. He was of medium height and almost on the plump side. He looked tired and middle aged, with a sallow skin and dark circles, and was losing his hairline. Again, he was absolutely nothing says my housekeeper”.
|Monday or Tuesday will prove whether Rudolph Valentino challenge to fight an editorial writer is bona fide or not. “Rudy had wonderful muscles and I’ve seen him in pictures stripped to the waist, and you can’t fake a picture like that” said an indignant Brooklyn girl last night. Men are jealous, that’s what’s the matter. I’d like to see a picture of the fellow who wrote that article. Most editors, I’ve seen are little and wizened and wear glasses. I don’t think they are so very masculine as a bunch, by any means. Rudy does wear allot of jewelry. He’s an Italian and gladiators wore rings and bracelets, you may remember. Most American men would look ridiculous in a slave bracelet. Rudy does not its suits his type. He is almost oriental looking”. But the man with the Brooklyn girl took decided issue. Valentino’s muscles may look good to his women admirers but any trained athlete can see the fellow is soft. He is a soft fop and the fellow who wrote the article is right. I think this challenge to fight is merely a publicity stunt. I bet he never goes near the office of the Chicago Tribute when he gets to the city. Valentino’s second will be guess who? His press agent of course.|
Twenty years ago, Clara Kimball Young had an annual income of $200,000, but the hand of ill fortune has swept away her wealth. Miss Young began her career on the stage when she was three. When pictures rose above the nickelodeon class, dramatic actresses were in demand and Miss Young rose to great heights in the higher type films. Her first picture “Cardinal Woolsey” made by Vitagraph in 1912, her Camille shocked the folk of yesteryear, but they sat up and took notice just the same. Her outstanding beauty, especially her magnificent dark eyes and her hands were the toast of the world. She received as many as 10,000 fan letters in one day. Perhaps the fan letter fad is passing, for today no star receives as much mail as that. Miss Young lives in Hollywood with her father, Edward Kimball, who is a favorite with the old-timers of the film colony. She has accepted the changes in her life philosophically.