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Jun 1922 – Witnesses testify in Valentino Bigamy trial

Approximately 100 years ago, Ramalda Lugo, center, walks beside her daughter Lena, left, and an unidentified man. Ramalda holds a piece of paper to her face. Mrs. Lugo is an Indian woman who lived in Palm Springs and testified in a Los Angeles Court she saw the bridal party at the cottage as honored guests of Dr. White. Both the mother and daughter were able to identify Mr. Valentino and his bigamist wife Natacha Rambova from pictures. Both testified the couple stayed in the cottage “together” for a couple of days.

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1923- Excerpt from “Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary”

Now for a choice bit of scandal. You remember I told you that Valentino had picked Vilma Banky as his leading lady. Well, it seems they are going around together quite a bit. Last night Rudy took Vilma to the preview. Everybody was astonished at this. After the preview, the party I was with and myself walked around the piers and didn’t go home right away. Quite some time later we went home, and we rode behind Valentino’s car—and Vilma was with him. This morning, the whole studio was talking about it and the papers carried a big story regarding it too. Mr. Goldwyn asked me to get Vilma to come over to see him—I located her in Valentino’s bungalow! She came over and I kidded her a bit before she went in. I heard Goldwyn tell her that she must not do anything that will in any way ruin her reputation, etc. etc. When she came out, she gave me a wicked wink and said in her charming broken english, “Before, Marion Davies everyone else say look at me unt zay nozzing,” (with this she raised her head, lifted her shoulders, and turned her nose up indicating that they all more or less snubbed her). “Last night, Marion Davies zay ‘Hello Vilma’ so I will go wid Valentino—eh?”It didn’t take her long to catch on and with of all men who was supposed to be so attached to his wife. However, I can hardly blame him because she is very pretty, whereas Natasha is anything but good looking. Valentino is going to be in N.Y. for the opening of “The Eagle” and Mr. Schenck wired Goldwyn to have Vilma come to N.Y. and also make a personal appearance with Valentino . Mr. Goldwyn just wired us to explain to Mr. Schenck that in view of the relations between Mr. and the second Mrs. Valentino and the fact that Vilma is quite friendly with him , it wouldn’t be good policy to have Vilma in N.Y. at the same time Valentino is appearing. So, Vilma is not going to N.Y. Mr. Goldwyn can’t afford to have any scandal to arise around Vilma as that would be sure to kill her popularity. You, know of course that Fitz is going to direct Valentino in “The Son of the Sheik” and Vilma is going to play opposite him.

Reference:

Belletti, V. (1923). Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary. University of California Berkley Press. P.82, 122

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4 Jun 1944 – Search for Valentino Successor Is Extended to Ft Bliss Sergeant

Hollywood’s search for a new male star to play the role of Rudolph Valentino matinee idol of the 1920’s reached out to Ft Bliss, Texas today where an Army private recommended his First Sergeant.  He is handsome the Soldier wrote and has a pair of eyes that are attractive enough to bring Betty Grable to this command.  Enclosed in the letter was a photograph one of more than 20,000 which have poured into the United Artists Office in New York since The Are You A Second Valentino Contest opened 1 April.  Many letters come from wives, who coyly insist their husbands are “the great lover of the century” or “a real swooning type and I should know”.  Men who write to suggest themselves are somewhat, more modest, qualifying their boasts of star material with such phrases as “of course, you would have to fix my nose? Or “I have no real sex experience, but I can learn”.  There are also please from young boys who insist Valentino should be shown as he looked in his teens and add each is the very to handle the role.  “My teacher said I could act good when I played the role of Old King Cole five years ago in grammar school” said one budding actor 19 years old.  A 15-year-old Chicago boy said bashfully that he knew he wasn’t the great lover type, but he would do his best, and the mother of a 17-year-old lad wrote that year son was young but very slick.  A policeman in Jacksonville, Florida asked for a chance to be a Valentino the Second and a Japanese girl wrote her brother now training to be a minister would be a great choice.  The judges – Mary Pickford, Edward Small, Gregory Ratoff, and Pola Negri will choose four winners who will be given $500 war bonds, trips to Hollywood and screen tests. The contest closes 15 June.

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1921 – Rex Ingram giving Valentino a Painting Lesson

Rex Ingram and Rudolph Valentino in the MGM film ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’. During a scene break the director is giving the star a painting lesson, to prepare him.

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1926 – Film Industry Humor

One of the future Rudy’s was a dark-haired boy of six years. “Come here, Valentino” Mr. Knoles commanded. “Look here, my name’s not Valentino” protested the embryonic Barrymore. My name is Warren Whittington McCollum.  As for this Valentino person, who is he? I never heard of him! That for “The Sheik” and “The Son of the Sheik”.

Vilma Banky will play Valentino’s leading lady in the “Son of the Sheik”. We hope she’s bedouin “The Sheik” than in some other fiolms.

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20 May 1922- New Evidence Found In Case of Valentino Efforts to Halt Inquiry Into Reported ‘Marriage of Actor Fail

The names of five witnesses, whose testimony is believed “of great value” were obtained today at Indio, Cal., by Los Angeles detectives who are investigating in Mexican border towns, both above and below the line, the recent marriage at Mexicali, Lower California, of Rudolph Valentino, film actor and Winifred Hudnut, a motion picture art director, known professionally as Natacha Rambova. A telegram containing that declaration was received from the detective tonight by Tom McClelland, deputy district attorney, who is assisting Thomas Lee Woolwine, district attorney, in an inquiry designed to determine whether Valentino committed bigamy in remarrying before the interlocutory decree of divorce he received here January 10, last, from Jean Acker, screen actress, became final, WOULD BLOCK PROBE. McClelland also stated he had received a visit today from representatives of “motion picture Interests” who had attempted to discourage the investigation. He quoted them as saying: “There is much money involved. It will be a very disastrous enterprise to the industry if the Valentino case is prosecuted.” lie said he replied. “When you find damaged goods, you must take the hazard of the gain.” ,He declined to name his visitors.  He said they made no “threats. ’ but rather a “plea’ because of the financial value of Valentino’s contracts and the probable effect of prosecution on the “box office.’’ McClelland said that W. I. Gilbert, attorney for A alentino, had notified him that the a<tor was ready to go to the district attorney’s office whenever desired. Miss Acker, late today, made an appointment to go to that office tomorrow morning to make a statement in connection with the case. It was also announced by McClelland that an investigation of the divorce and re-marriage of Henry B. Walthall, also a motion picture actor, had established to his satisfaction that the proceedings were absolutely legal. He said he was still investigating u report that Frank Mayo, another film player, re-married at Tijuana. Lower California, on October 2 last, four days after an interlocutory decree of divorce from his first wife was granted here. The May investigation of the alleged visit to El Centro of Rodolph Valentino, film actor, and his bride, Winifred Hudnut, before their marriage in Mexicali, lower California, last Saturday, was begun here today by E. R. Simon, district attorney of imperial county, at the request of Thomas Lee Wnolvvine. district attorney of Los Angeles county. Valentino and Miss Hudnut are said to have passed Thursday and Friday of last week in El Centro. This and the arrangements made for the wedding at Mexicali, in Mexico, 12 miles south of El Centro, are being investigated, Simon stated. adding that he hoped to report to WoolwiIne not later than next Monday. Two detectives sent from the office of Woolwine conferred today with Simon

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1920’s – Hollywood Boot Shop, Ferragamo & Rudolph Valentino

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On Apr 1923, an announcement was made of the sale of a large shoe store. A 10 year lease had been signed on the store building that was one of the oldest shoe firms in the area initially established by Morgan & Stoll.  The new owner S.Ferragamo from Italy made the Hollywood Boot Shop, 6683 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA telephone 577-101 one of THE places to have shoes made by hand.  Ferragamo studied the art of shoe making in Italy and at UCLA.  Ferragamo’s shoes first appeared on the silver screen in Cecil B. DeMille’s “Ten Commandments”.  The creme of Hollywood movie society had their shoes customed made at his shop earning him the nickname “shoemaker to the stars”. Rudolph Valentino had ALL of his shoes made at his fellow Italians shop.  In 1927, Ferragamo left Hollywood for his native Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was Rudolph Valentino had all of his shoes custom-made at his shop.

 

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9 May 1929 – Valentino Relative?

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4 April 1976 – Valentino Question

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1922 – Valentino Thoughts on Acting

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22 Mar 1923 – Mineralava Tour in Dallas

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