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12 Jul 1936 – In Hollywood

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.

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12 Jul 1936 – In Hollywood

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.

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29 Jul 1929 Jean Valentino Here

Jean Guglielmo Valentino a nephew of the late Rudolph Valentino arrived yesterday on the Consulich Liner Vulcania on his way to Hollywood to visit the scenes of his famous Uncles success. He is 14 years old and has no stage or screen ambitions, he said. The boy speaks good English and went through an hours ordeal with the customs inspectors like a master. His travelling companion on the Vulcania was Tito Schipa, the tenor, who waited on the pier while an inspector went through Jeans many pieces of luggage. On his customs declaration which he made out before the ship docked, he listed several trinkets and expensive boxes of bon-bons which he is taking to relatives. Jean Valentino said he was interested in chemistry and electrical engineering. He plans returning to Italy to continue his studies in the fall.

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18 Sep 1927 – Alberto 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.

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12 Jul 1936 – Jean Valentino in Hollywood

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.

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30 Jan 1926 Who was at the MET

Rudolph Valentino was a guest in Box 41, Metropolitan Opera House last evening. The film star was the object of general attention during intermissions, as he walked with his nephew a small boy in a sailor suit, on the grand tier promenade.

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20 Jul 1929 – Valentino Nephew wants to be a star

The name of Valentino may flash again across the silver screen Jean Guglielmi Valentino, 14 year old nephew of the late Rudolph Valentino has arrived in New York from Italy in quest of film laurels. He announced his hopes to take sheik roles in Hollywood pictures.

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30 Oct 1940 – Valentino’s Nephew Sues for Royalties

Jean Valentino whose right name is Jean Guglielmi nephew and sole heir of the late Rudolph Valentino, Silent Film Actor is trying to collect through the law courts $20,000 which he claims is due him as royalties on reissues of “Son of the Sheik” and “The Eagle” which were distributed a couple of years ago.

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