Actor John Garfield is taking Italian Language Lessons from deceased Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino’s brother Alberto.
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Meanwhile, talking and walking we arrive at a French Restaurant and at a nearby table is the former wife of late film star Rudolph Valentino with her brunette tresses underneath a red turban. When her ex-husband died his brother Alberto Valentino was asked whom he wished to give the honor of pall-bearer. Alberto Valentino replied “The Italian Counsel of Hollywood Count Gardenico, Count Caraciccolo, Count Carminati; Charlie Chaplain, George Fitzmaurize, King Vidor”. They all were very special friends to my brother…
Question, I recently talked with Alberto Valentino, brother to Rudolph Valentino lives in Los Angeles and sounds hale and hearty at 82 years of age. In view of the 50th Anniversary of Rudolph Valentino’s death in 1976 we talked of Rudolph Valentino Fan Clubs, Alberto asked if any fan clubs are active in the U.S. or other countries. –M.G.I. Philadelphia, PA
Answer, there are millions of Valentino fans throughout the world almost as many as during the Roaring Twenties when he was, at the same time, the super movie star and the world’s greatest lover. In addition, the number of people who collect Valentino films, books, and momentos is in the hundreds of thousands. But, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences library, there are only two recognized fan clubs, one is in Los Angeles and one in London, neither of which is active. In “The Sheik” (1921) he is credited with ‘revolutionizing’ the art of making love. A still photograph from “The Sheik” shows him looking at a girl as though he were about to steal the maraschino from her fudge sundae. You became a fan as a small boy in 1926 when Valentino died at age 30.
How the popularity of Rudolph Valentino motion-picture actor, was capitalized for the benefit of his estate, was disclosed yesterday by George Ullman, Business Manager of the late actor and appointed executor of Valentino’s Will by provision of the testator. Ullman appeared in Superior Judge Stephen’s court to answer the charges of Alberto Guglielmi and Maria Strada, brother and sister of Valentino. It was asserted in a complaint filed by the Guglielmi’s that Ullman had mismanaged the estate, causing a loss of $80,000. When the complaint was filed, Superior Judge Crail suspended Ullman as executor, and yesterday Judge Stephens appointed R.F. Stewart, assistant trust officer of the Bank of Italy to service until the 29th when a hearing on the question of removing Ullman permanently will be conducted. Value of the estate now is $250,000 in real estate and 125,000 in personal property, according to the complainants in the suit to dismiss Ullman, but the defendants declare the property is worth more, and that he built it up from practically nothing. Under the guidance of his attorney, Ullman made a statement which he said will be substantiated by evidence at the hearing. “Instead of losing money for this
estate I converted liabilities into assets so, I have immortalized the name of Valentino, so successfully that I will wager today that all over the world there are thousands of motion-picture fans who do not know that Valentino is dead. “The estate was 160,000 in debt when Valentino died. We had organized the Valentino Production Corporation shortly before, and when I took charge as executor the assets were two films Son of Sheik and The Eagle. It was my job to exploit these films and pay off the indebtedness.” “Pictures by dead actors previously had not proved very successful, but in the case of Valentino I managed things differently. The world knows how the dean man’s friends co-operated with me in gaining thousands of columns of publicity at the time of the funeral. We organized Valentino Clubs all over the world, and they went over big too. “Then I had the task of disposing of my friend’s personal effects. He had about 16,000 worth of hardware, which he had collected as
souvenirs; swords, armor and the like. It cost me 35,000 to fix up legend’s and publicize this stuff, but I sold it for 97,000. And they criticized me for spending this 35,000 too”. Of course, I resorted to some tricks. For
instance, Rudy had lots of books but he had only autographed a few of them, and he didn’t have a book mar. I had a mark designed, stuck it inside the covers of this books which made money for the estate.
The world’s greatest lover was the world’s poorest financier. If Rudolph Valentino had any bank balance at all when he died, it was but a few hundred dollars, his close friend, Joseph Schenck hazards. Last year the sheik earned between a million and a million and a quarter dollars and spent virtually every cent of it. There was no reverence for money in “Rudy’s” makeup. There was no bent-for its accumulation. Valentino was prodigal, gullible. If he saw something he wanted whether an automobile, a tapestry or a fishing pole he bought it, regardless of price says Schenck., head of United Artists. “I should judge his home at Hollywood was worth $75,000. He always owned four of five cars and some riding horses. “For his home, he bought many painting s and tapestries often at inflated prices. He had a collection of fencing foils, and another of guns/ “Anybody could touch him. He carried $50,000 personal insurance. Friends often advised him to increase the amount, but here again is Valentino’s disregard for money was manifest. Accumulating lasting wealth in life or leaving it in death meant nothing to him. “But for his business manager George Ullman, he might easily have died broke.” Valentino had a 50% interest in the net profits of “The Son of the Sheik” and “The Eagle.” These two pictures still are playing over the country, and the Valentino Estate doubtless will receive a comfortable amount from them. His salary from the production organization of United Artists was $6500 per week $338,000 a year. For making each of his earlier pictures of importance, Valentino generally received $200,000 and a 25% share of the profits. So far, as Schenck knows Valentino never invested in stocks or bonds and owned no real estate other than his house. Thus his estate is without “quick assets” other than his insurance. Both his parents are dead. Valentino was unusually fond of his brother Alberto Guglielmi and his sister Maria. He was devoted to Alberto’s children. To these kin, probably will go such worldly goods as failed to slip through “Rudy’s” fingers. The world’s greatest lover was the world’s poorest financier. If Rudolph Valentino had any bank balance at all when he died, it was but a few hundred dollars, his close friend, Joseph Schenck hazards. Last year the sheik earned between a million and a million and a quarter dollars and spent virtually every cent of it. There was no reverence for money in “Rudy’s” makeup. There was no bent-for its accumulation. Valentino was prodigal, gullible. If he saw something he wanted whether an automobile, a tapestry or a fishing pole he bought it, regardless of price says Schenck., head of United Artists. “I should judge his home at Hollywood was worth $75,000. He always owned four of five cars and some riding horses. “For his home, he bought many painting s and tapestries often at inflated prices. He had a collection of fencing foils, and another of guns/ “Anybody could touch him. He carried $50,000 personal insurance. Friends often advised him to increase the amount, but here again is Valentino’s disregard for money was manifest. Accumulating lasting wealth in life or leaving it in death meant nothing to him. “But for his business manager George Ullman, he might easily have died broke.” Valentino had a 50% interest in the net profits of “The Son of the Sheik” and “The Eagle.” These two pictures still are playing over the country, and the Valentino Estate doubtless will receive a comfortable amount from them. His salary from the production organization of United Artists was $6500 per week $338,000 a year. For making each of his earlier pictures of importance, Valentino generally received $200,000 and a 25% share of the profits. So far, as Schenck knows Valentino never invested in stocks or bonds and owned no real estate other than his house. Thus his estate is without “quick assets” other than his insurance. Both his parents are dead. Valentino was unusually fond of his brother Alberto Guglielmi and his sister Maria. He was devoted to Alberto’s children. To these kin, probably will go such worldly goods as failed to slip through “Rudy’s” fingers.
Rudolph Valentino lives again on the screen! A film record of his most intimate private life has been recently discovered by Alberto Valentino the late film star’s brother. It is possible that the memoirs of the movies greatest lover may be released to the public within the next few months.
Jun 29 – Alberto Guglielmi, brother of the late Rudolph Valentino filed suit against Mrs. Adle Schell, Dale Frederick, and Richard Shaw for damages resulting an auto accident last January.
Rudolph Valentino’s romance with Pola Negri was recalled in a $13,042 suit filed by the Bank of America against Rudolph’s brother Alberto Valentino, now a studio employee. The action involves a note for $8000.00 signed by Miss Negri and the late film star on which only $581.74 has been paid off. The bank obtained a judgement of $9,660.00 in 1936 and is renewing its claim at the end of five years, with 7% interest. Unable to serve papers on the actress, who is said to be in Switzerland, the bank seeks to hold Alberto responsible for the entire amount.
Alberto Valentino with his wife and son, faces the necessity of finding another home. for a number of years now, the Valentino family have been living in rooms over the garage at Falcon Lair. they have drawn a monthly wage of $3500 as caretakers. There have been times, when work was scarce, when that money was all they had to live on. Now that their tiny income is gone and the roof over their heads too, Alberto has to find work. Not that he hasn’t tried, walking the streets day after day, anxious to take any honest job. But work isn’t easy to find for a man who speaks broken English. Surely, in this great industry, there is a place for him. His brother is one of filmdom’s immortals. Sentimentality alone should demand that somebody give him a job. He speaks and writes four languages. Yet his adopted homeland the country that applauded Rudy to the echo, hasn’t a friendly hand for Alberto Valentino.
When you enter the reception room at the MGM the chap who takes your name is just as likely as not to be Jean Valentino, nephew of the late Rudolph Valentino. He’s been working there quietly, since March of last year, and is, they do say the sole support of his father Alberto and mother. Jean is dark like his uncle but doesn’t resemble him. He’s in his yearly 20’s and has no acting ambitions. He tinkers radios in his spare time and would like to be a sound engineer. One of these days, probably he’ll be sending his own name in.
A minor Hollywood sensation has been caused by the suit which Alberto Guglielmi and Maria Strada brother and sister of the late Rudolph Valentino have filed against George Ullman. They charge Ullman with mismanagement of the estate and diverting large sums of money for his own use. Ullman, in the answer he has filed to the charges, says that, far from mismanaging the estate, he found it in a debt-ridden condition and spent years ironing it out. It was Valentino who wrecked his own estate, Ullman claims, for he died leaving debits of over $60,000 into a surplus of $100,000 to be distributed among the heirs. A court hearing will take place at the end of this month, and a decision reached as is whether Ullman shall be permitted to continue as manager and executor of the estate.
The Christmas holidays in the 1920’s were all about fun, friends, and family with none of the commercialism that exists today. Rudolph Valentino may have had his share of memorable Christmas’s but his last one on this earth was not spent with the one he truly wanted to be with and that was his wife Natacha Rambova who was in the process of divorcing him.
23 November 1925, Rudolph Valentino arrived in London to promote and attend the premiere of his movie “The Eagle” at the Marble Arch Pavilion. During his time in the city he stayed at the Hyde Park Hotel. Rudy’s last Christmas on earth was spent with the people that mattered most to him and that was with his sister Maria, Brother Alberto and his family. This was the first time in many years that the family was together. Brother Alberto was able to view firsthand the adoring crowds where people stopped traffic just for a glimpse of his famous brother. Although time spent together was special for the Guglielmi family Rudy sat down and as a family their futures were discussed. Dec 31st, Rudy traveled to Monte Carlo and spent New Year’s Eve with Mae Murray and good friend Manual Reachi, husband of former co-star Agnes Ayres. Rudolph Valentino celebrated the holidays as only he knew how. As the clock struck midnight and 1926 arrived Rudolph Valentino was still dealing with the ghosts of his Christmas past.
“Why sing of Joy if Joy is to be unheard. Why sing of Faith if Faith is to be barred. For all that is good is Forever alive, and all that is bad is dead before it is born”.
“People come and go in our lives. Its very important to spend time with those around you that matter the most”..–Rudolph Valentino
When it comes to a matter of experience Alberto Valentino has much more right to the role of the man of the world Rudolph Valentino. In fact Alberto has seen an active and a successful life. He no doubt regards his present objective as a new adventure, and any trail that may lead to fame or fortune is a game worth Alberto’s candle. He has been a successful journalist, writing with influence for papers in Taranto, Rome and Milan. In the World War he served in the army with such distinction he was appointed crown minster by King Victor Emmanuele. He was admitted to the bar at the age of 21 and for 12 years coupled with his journalistic activities. He carries an honorary degree in law from the University of Bologne. Alberto was the brother Rudolph referred to whimsically as the “the pride of the family” for it was Alberto who was passing his grades when Rudolph was being dismissed from military school and being sent to America by an exasperated family. But if Alberto led the life of a man he was to pay for his success from his physiognomy. When he went to Hollywood a year ago to adjust his brothers affair there were deep lines in his face though his eyes and Latin fire, there were little pouches beneath them telling of nights spent over briefs and proofs in the pursuit of professional distinctions. In adjusting his brothers affairs, the sensible Alberto came to the speedy conclusion his brothers greatest heritage was his name. The word “Valentino” spelled romance to millions. The success of Rudolph was more than the popularity of the actor, for it was one of the player’s perplexities that his public often preferred his bad pictures to the good ones. Valentino was simply Valentino and his acclamation could be explained by that blind hero worship the public occasionally falls into. Alberto told his thoughts to June Mathis, who had been the discoverer of his brothers talent. She proposed Alberto continue the name as a tradition of the motion picture. Alberto saw the point but he shrugged. He was older and he had lost his looks. Thereupon Miss Mathis advised a visit to a surgeon and the modeling of a new face upon an older head. The elder brother pondered. Eventually he complied. In addition, to the lines of his face, it was discovered he had a far too prominent nose to be used to advantage on the screen. This nose according to Miss Mathis, was the principal obstacle he had to overcome. With a bust of Rudolph for a model, the same surgeon who gave Jack Dempsey his famous nose molded the appendage of Alberto into a softer and more classic outline. He also removed a part of his chin. Alberto had the determined chin of a fighter, which was too domineering to grace the face of a “great lover’/ In the event I do not succeed, he says my son will endeavor to follow in his uncle’s footsteps. The boy is 13 years old and looks like Rudolph. His name is Ojovanni and he is now in school in Turin. We decided his screen name will be Jean Valentino. I have high hopes for his success. Alberto says Rudolph did not favor his entering motion pictures either as an actor or in a business connection. He felt Alberto’s professional success was too well established for him to risk everything on a theatrical adventure. However, Alberto had a secret yearning for the stage in his early youth. The nearest he ever has come to an expression of it was as a dramatic critic in Rome and Milan and as the author of several short plays. So in his 35th year Alberto Valentino is setting out on as strange an errand as ever occupied a man; the recapture of past youth and beauty and the rekindling of a dead flame with them.