Posts Tagged With: Natacha Rambova

25 Nov 1922

Since their rather sensational wedding it is interesting to note that Natasha Rambova Valentino says “it was not love at first sight it was good comradship more than anything else”..

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29 Dec 1925 – Should a Wife Deny a Husband Children?

The question of a wife’s right to deny her husband children is raised again, in an article in Liberty this week.  The recent pending divorce of Rudolph Valentino and his liberal wife as the basis for this discussion. This question is as old as the human race.  It has caused more arguments and marital discord. Nations have been split by it and kingdoms almost rent in twain.  Thrones have tottered and churches trembled in the balance.  What do readers thing of it DOES A WIFE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DENY CHILDREN TO HER HUSBAND? The times will pay rewards of $3, $5, $7 for the best three letters on the subject.

Of this great question, Valentino in Liberty, “If Mrs. Valentino is through with me, I am through her and this marriage-until I can have children and give them the kind of care and love, I had as a boy”.

Then the wife known as Natacha Rambova is quoted “We were married four years ago, and it was an intense romantic love afair.  Gradually we found out it was a mistakem and we separated a matrimonial vacation the newspapers called it.  You cna’t blame us because we thought our marriage would be perfect.  Young people havent much sense about love and no provision.   Anway, we weren’t married with the cold-blooded idea in a few years we would get a divorce, amuse ourselves again with another marriage.  I believe in divorce. Where two people are injuring each other by bad feeling they ought to be separated.”

Stay tuned to this blog for updates to this article.

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1921 – Costume Design By Natacha Rambova

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1923 – Our First Married Christmas By Rudolph Valentino

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Finally, the Mineralava Dance Tour was over and we could settle down as a married couple.  Our new home is perfect and I can imagine many happy years ahead.  A home filled with light, love, laughter, pets and children. So, we take time to enjoy our first Christmas tree as a married couple.  The lights on our tree were the most beautiful too me. My beloved wife by my side, in our new home with hardly any furniture. But it didn’t matter we had weathered worse situations before.  I gave my wife a monkey and a pekinese. She was delighted like a child but it was the happiness in her eyes that made everything worthwhile.  I adore her and feel whole when we are together.  

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This time of the year, brings one of reflexions and looking forward to the future.  We will continue to work together to achieve dreams and dream even bigger and better.  To all of my fans I would like to wish you all a joyous holiday.

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17 Oct 1939 – Rambova Gossip

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1924 – Superstitious Movie Folk

Agnes Ayres does not like to have anybody sing in her dressing room.  But her chief faith in luck is bound up in a wonderful Columbia Clock which has been in her family for years.  It is a marvelous mechanism, being made entirely of wood and although of a great age is still running.  Miss Ayres firmly believes that her success depends upon the possession of this clock, and so carefully, does she guard the treasure she will not even allow it to be photographed.  Her movie colleague, Rudolph Valentino has declared to friends he has no superstitions.  But one might wonder why he waited until 14 March to be married to the delightful Natacha Rambova when he could of done so on the 13th as well.  Perhaps the fascinating Mrs. Valentino objects to the fatal number.  Who knows might be because his first wedding ceremony took place on 13 May. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. has no faith in crystals or superstitions. Gloria Swanson loves black cats and so tender was her care of the original two pets of the Lasky Studio they sent for all their friends, in-laws, and descendants until 327 cats now live on the lot.  This is lucky for the butcher and the cats.  Theodore Kostloff treasures a pre-war ten rouble gold piece, now worth $2 million in paper money.  Bebe Daniels grandmother has a wonderful collection of dolls and few people know this is a direct result of Bebes belief that good luck follows the purchase of a new doll.  Lila Lee is very superstitious about the beginning day of a new film.  If she leaves her home in the morning, forgetting something important, she will not turn back herself, but send a messenger after she reaches the studio.

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28 Jun 1931 – The Case of Why Rich Women Prefer to Divorce in Paris

This writer is going to use the divorce case of Winifred Hudnut/Natacha Rambova versus Rudolph Valentino as an example of why women prefer to divorce in Paris. So we know that Winifred/Natacha was granted a divorce in Paris simply on the fact Valentino wrote a letter to her that he definitely and purposely left her and decided to cease all relations with her. Thus she was “grossly insulted”. But lets not forget Winifred got her knickers in a twist when she was no longer Valentino’s de facto manager and barred from movie studios. Hudnut and Valentino journeyed to Paris and it was no secret they were planning to divorce. The ruling of the Seine trial was Hudnut was entitled to all of the rights of as an American because her marriage was in Crowne Point, Indiana and “gross insult” was grounds for divorce. Most French writers contend there are three grounds for divorce under French Civil Code. Grounds for divorce are innumerable: Article 229 A husband may divorce his wife on the basis of her infidelity.Article 230 A wife may divorce her husband on the basis of his infidelity. Article 231 Both spouses may reciprocally divorce each other on the basis for violence, cruelty, or gross insults.Article 232 The condemnation of one of the spouses to a corporal punishment shall be another cause for divorce. Although no local difference is suppose to exist, so as far as husband and wife are concerned French authorities contend that in the case of an indiscretion the courts always seem to look with more indulgence upon the false step of the husband than of the wife.

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24 Jan 1929 -Richard Hudnut Estate Left to his Wife

Richard Hudnut perfume mogul and a former father-in-law to Rudolph Valentino left his entire estate to his wife with the exception of $4000 bequest according to the terms of his will.  Mr. Hudnut claimed Foxlair Camp as his legal residence.  The will was filed by the National City Bank, New York with Mrs. Hudnut and their stepdaughter Natacha Rambova as executors.  The petition gives value of the real estate as $10,000 and personal property $50,000, but it is understood the estate is actually many times over these figures.  The will first provides Woodlawn Cemetery Inc of Bronx County shall be given the Hudnut burial lot and $4000.  Mr. Hudnut’s first wife is buried there and the will provides that plots shall be provided for other relatives.  The remainder of the estate is given to his present wife.  The will provided in the event she died before him for $110,000 in specific bequests to nephews, grandnephews and friends leaving the residue of the estate to Miss Rambova.  The will states that “for reasons I deem sufficient I have omitted from the provisions of this will” Frank Hudnut (Half-brother), Maude Louis Chaplin (Half-sister), Eugene Beals (Son of the first marriage).  Mr. Hudnut had previously given large considerable amounts of money to Mrs Beals the will said.

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1922 Hudnut Summer Home, Foxlair, North Creek, NY

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Richard Hudnut, entrepreneur and New York City businessman, often visited the Adirondacks with his family. In 1890, he discovered the Oregon valley in the Town of Johnsburg in Warren County, and by the turn of the century had purchased 1,200 acres of land there. Although it took him 10 years to acquire the estate it was the ultimate summer home. Foxlair was located near North Creek, NY in the Adirondack’s. The main house was 270 foot long and was three stories high with a huge double staircase and a veranda across the front.  Foxlair was fashioned in a French Chateau style that was favored by Richard Hudnut and was furnished with European furniture.  One of Richard Hudnuts trusted employees Thomas Thornloe was superintendent for the estate as well as over 40 servants on staff, a 9-hole golf course along the valley and a host of barns for carriages and animals. The estate also had a Japanese Teahouse and a nature house built near the river.  There was also a large aviary to grace the porch. Every summer during the afternoons, dancing pigeons put on a show for the famous guests who came from around the world to enjoy the great outdoors and the legendary Hudnut hospitality. In 1922, his adopted daughter Natacha Rambova went to Foxlair in seclusion during her future husband’s ongoing legal battle over his movie contract with Famous Players-Lasky.

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This was a family residence until 1938. After Richard Hudnuts death the estate was endowed to the Police Athletic League of NYC as a summer camp for boys. In 1970’s, Foxlair was burned to the ground IAW the Adirondack Park Agencies Master Land Use and Development Plan which required all state land to be kept in a natural state. There are still remnants of the stone foundation to be found and overgrown stone stairways.

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16 Apr 1931 NY Gossip

The slinkingly frocked and perfectly turbaned Natacha Rambova is carrying on at her modernistically fronted shop a few steps off Fifth Avenue daily. Her salon is a junkle-jumble of bags, perfume, objects d’art, Indian scarves, antique jewelry, modern costume jewelry, and Persian brocades. She opened it shortly after the passing of Rudolph Valentino and it is a flitter of black glass and chrome. Miss Rambova chief diversion is attending spiritualistic seances and is said to be convinced she has received numerous messages from the film star.

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