Cerutti’s bartender, Nick Morgen, had a glamourous past for awhile when he worked as a stand-in for Rudolph Valentino when the great lover was the heart throb of the nation.
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For a time in New York, I worked with Rudolph Guglielmi at the afternoon tea dances in Churchills Café. We’d sit at a table with a hostess until there would be a sign from a woman that she wanted a dance. So, we would go over and dance and we received $2 for an afternoon. George Raft said although I could dance those times were more demanding than when he became famous. Rudolph Guglielmi had a carisma that cannot be denied. He was a popular dancer and made the most ackward looking woman glide like a swan while dancing.
My housekeeper is an expert on the Great Lovers, she used to work for a woman who was a close friend of Rudolph Valentino. “He was very quiet”, says my housekeeper. “He hardly had a thing to say. He used to take off his shoes the minute he came in the door and sit around all evening in his socks. He was absolutely nothing”. Naturally when word got out a few years ago, that the late Aly Khan was coming to dinner across the hall, she went straight to the neighbors cook “Rudolph Valentino was nothing, but I hear this one is the greatest. For goodness sake, just let me get a good look at him. The man she saw sitting at the Vasco Garans dinner party was no matinee idol. He was of medium height and almost on the plump side. He looked tired and middle aged, with a sallow skin and dark circles, and was losing his hairline. Again, he was absolutely nothing says my housekeeper”.
|Monday or Tuesday will prove whether Rudolph Valentino challenge to fight an editorial writer is bona fide or not. “Rudy had wonderful muscles and I’ve seen him in pictures stripped to the waist, and you can’t fake a picture like that” said an indignant Brooklyn girl last night. Men are jealous, that’s what’s the matter. I’d like to see a picture of the fellow who wrote that article. Most editors, I’ve seen are little and wizened and wear glasses. I don’t think they are so very masculine as a bunch, by any means. Rudy does wear allot of jewelry. He’s an Italian and gladiators wore rings and bracelets, you may remember. Most American men would look ridiculous in a slave bracelet. Rudy does not its suits his type. He is almost oriental looking”. But the man with the Brooklyn girl took decided issue. Valentino’s muscles may look good to his women admirers but any trained athlete can see the fellow is soft. He is a soft fop and the fellow who wrote the article is right. I think this challenge to fight is merely a publicity stunt. I bet he never goes near the office of the Chicago Tribute when he gets to the city. Valentino’s second will be guess who? His press agent of course.|
Twenty years ago, Clara Kimball Young had an annual income of $200,000, but the hand of ill fortune has swept away her wealth. Miss Young began her career on the stage when she was three. When pictures rose above the nickelodeon class, dramatic actresses were in demand and Miss Young rose to great heights in the higher type films. Her first picture “Cardinal Woolsey” made by Vitagraph in 1912, her Camille shocked the folk of yesteryear, but they sat up and took notice just the same. Her outstanding beauty, especially her magnificent dark eyes and her hands were the toast of the world. She received as many as 10,000 fan letters in one day. Perhaps the fan letter fad is passing, for today no star receives as much mail as that. Miss Young lives in Hollywood with her father, Edward Kimball, who is a favorite with the old-timers of the film colony. She has accepted the changes in her life philosophically.
Rudolph Valentino Silent Film Actor is on holiday in London, has been inundated with requests from English flappers with continuous requests for locks of his hair. He would probably have been balder than Bob Fitzsimmons, if he had complied with each request.
On the little finger of his left hand, Joe Herman wears the sapphire ring that belonged to Rudolph Valentino. He wouldn’t sell it nor the Valentino slave bracelet which is also his. At 72nd Bowery under the L opposite the arch of Manhattan Bridge. There within one great room are 62 dealers behind glass showcases arranged in tiers. This location is how Valentino’s jewels got to the exchange.
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.
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.
A garden has been opened on the roof of the Italian Hospital in London celebration of the birthday of Rudolph Valentino. The garden has been provided by the Valentino Association. The matron of the hospital had not heard of Valentino until recently.
Helen Smith, Des Moines was an ordinary girl that had an experience she will never forget. For the first time she traveled to New York City, on the same railroad as Rudolph Valentino in Aug 1926. Her first introduction was when he first seen her, he replied with an Italian accent “little Irish girl, what is your name”? She relied O’Shaughnessy. With that he smiled and replied, ‘I like the name that was my former wife name before she was adopted by the Hudnuts”. During our conversation “he spoke rather endearingly of his former wife. I’ll always believe he was in love with her”. She recalls only once during the entire trip did, he eat on the diner and no once did he go to the observation car. He hated the eyes of the staring public. “When a curious crowd would look at him with much the same look that a little boy gazed in on a caged animal. Valentino would remark ‘in this work your soul is not your own, neither is your life”.