Posts Tagged With: Rudolph Valentino

23 Aug 2021 – Mourning Valentino on Eventbrite

Join me 23 Aug 2021 on Eventbrite for a free virtual discussion on “Mourning Valentino”.

On this day, it was 95 years ago, Rudolph Valentino died.  The world mourned a young talented man gone too soon.  His fans have never forgotten him.  Let’s delve into why he meant so much to people then and now.

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During his lifetime, Rudolph Valentino was an avid camera buff and loved taking pictures whenever he could. He imagined a future behind the camera versus in front of it.  Eastman Kodak was considered top of the line and Valentino owned some of their products.

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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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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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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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30 Apr 1926 – Storm Destroys Valentino Camp in Sandhills

Cloudburst and tornado struck the Valentino desert movie camp about eight o’clock Wednesday and completely wrecked it. James Townsend, production manager, was struck on the head by a flying timber and believed to be seriously injuried. He was brought to Yuma late last night, as were 25 workers who were breaking camp following the departure of Rudolph Valentino, Bull Montana, and 125 others for Los Angeles on Tuesday. A big water tank was blown a mile down the valley by the and 20-foot lengths of iron pipe were blown about like straws. Every tent and building was razed except the big dining tent, and the workers lost all personal efexcept what they had on their ‘ ick. From six inches to a foot of •toater ran where water is seldom seen, and the strength of a dozen men was required to keep from blowing away a large automobile with all brakes set. The storm was described by oldtimers as something unequalled within the memory of man in that district. The roads between Yuma and the dunes were flooded for the third time this soring and made well-nigh impassable.

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28 Apr 1926 – Valentino on Location in Yuma

Befitting a desert habitation of a real ‘Son of a Sheik’ is the tent house built for Rudolph Valentino, First National star, who has arrived on location, to take the desert scenes for his latest picture. Although the celebrated movie star has a room at his disposal all the time at the Arizona hotel, most of his time will be spent at the location camp, which is fitted up with every necessity for him and his attendants. The latest movie city is not a large one but is a very neat and (comfortable camp and is (easily accessible from the highway. The actors who will take part in the scenes arrived on a special train that was switched off at Ogelby. They were transported from there to the camp.

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Apr 2021 – This Month on Patreon Rudolph Valentino 1928

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The article in this blog post was recently sent to me by the son of Juan Duval.

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1924 – Rudolf Valentino Painting

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15 Mar 1925 – Valentino/Williams Split Report Described a “Nothing Startling”

Unconfirmed reports emanating from Los Angeles that Rudolph Valentino and J.D. Williams had split, that Valentino would probably join United Artists and that the staff preparing the next picture had been dismissed were referred to Ritz Carlton Pictures by Moving Picture World Magazine just before this issue went to press.  In the absence of Williams and his publicity director Bill Yearsley, both of whom are on the cost the President’s secretary made known the following telegrams received 4 March from Yearsley.  It follows:

“Nothing startling has happened herre. We have simply closed down between pictures in order to complete preparation for the “Hooded Falcon” which is to be a big expensive picture”.

Charles Moyer, publicity director for United Artis said that the New York office knew nothing at this time about said report.

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Elinor Glyn returns to Lasky Studios from England and meets Rudolph Valentino who is the her of her latest story “Beyond the Rocks”. (1922)

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6 Mar 1926 – Valentino-Negri Match Not a business arrangement

The “Times” says that Pola Negri, the film star, has announced that she will marry Rudolph Valentino, after four months’ separation test, if their love remains the same. Pola Negrl declined to call the arrangement an ordinary engagement, because it “sounds like a business arrangement.”
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Feb 1922 – Letter to Editor

Dearest Editor,

As an old reader from your publication, I am herewith taking the wonderful opportunity to say something on the subject concerning some of my favourite actors and actresses.  I would like to take a moment to congratulate the movie industry for the great progress and better pictures made during this past year which is due to the fact of the new types being introduced to the public.  Rudolph Valentino, Colleen Moore, Glen Hunter, Richard Dix, and scores of others responsible for cleaner and better pictures.  I predict in the future this might change but for now I remain a fan and wishing all success.

Very Truly, Blanche Kate, NY

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