Gerardo Cetrulo, 89 world fencing champion who lived at 556 Clifton Ave, died Sunday at Clara Mass Memorial Hospital. “Fencing whets the minds appetite” he said, at the age of 73 when he agreed to teach the sport at the Boys Club of Newark, New Jersey. “It develops alert mental faculties and stars a youngster on the road to clear thinking. A youngster who has his wits about him is not apt to get into any mischief”. Mr. Cetrulo came from Caposele, Italy to New Jersey before the turn of the century and was introduced to the sport that was to dominate his life thereafter. A colorful figure, Mr. Centrulo was the center of many controversies among fans of the sport. His sharpest rivalries were those with Don Generos Pavese, his former teacher and Gus Troxier. Mr. Cetrulo helped Rudolph Valentino get a start on his film career. Valentino studied fencing in Newark under Mr. Cetrulo who introduced him to D.W. Griffith, movie mogul who was then working at movie studios in Ft. Lee, New Jersey. After reaching stardom Valentino always returned to Mr. Cetrulo for fencing lessons before a new picture. Mr. Cetrulo was a former fencing instruction at Barringer High School. In 1929, he won the collegiate fencing championship, New York Athletic Club. Mr. Cetrulos 8 children were all fencers. Two of them, Dean a teacher in Parasnippay, Dr. Gerald Cetrulo were members of the American Olympic Team at different times. Mr. Cetrulo’s 3 daughters were also accomplished fencers.
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At 1735 yesterday, a tall slim stooping figure in a turned down college boy hat slipped out of the rear door of the Harbor Sanitarium, 667 Madison Ave. The figure held an animated conversation in the alley with a person who later turned out to be his valet. Then the figure darted nervously into a 15 and 5 taxicab and was whisked away. Thus, Barclay Warburton Jr, host to Rudolph Valentino at that mysterious party, leave the sanitarium where he underwent an operation only a few days after that of his famous guest. Everyone at the Harbor from the superintendent to the doorman tried to keep Warburton’s departure a secret. The young society man plainly looked ill as he left. Meanwhile Broadway, astir with reports about Rudy’s illness was still wondering about the speedy retirement of his host. After giving out a statement that there was no party at his apartment 925 Park Ave a story contradicted by at least one guest apartment owner Warburton has frantically dodged questioners. Warburton’s story told immediately after Valentino was taken to the hospital, was that Rudy was taken ill at the Ambassador Hotel and not after the party at Warburton’s. Harry Richman of the cast of George White’s scandals, said Rudy, Warburton, and himself, accompanied by three women, went to Warburton’s apartment. “We had some drinks, music and dancing” Richman said, until about 1:30, when Rudy was taken violently ill and was rushed to his apartment at the Ambassador. While his death mystery deepens Rudy lay in peace yesterday in the gorgeous gold room at Campbell Funeral Home.
I’ve been an avid reader of your magazine for some years and have found everything it has contained of great interest as well as a help to movie fans. I know how very nice it is to read about your favorite and in my case it is Mr. Rudolph Valentino and the paragraphs below will tell you why:
I first had the opportunity of seeing Mr. Valentino in “Passions Playground” and in this movie he had a small role that he played very well. Also, seen two other motion pictures and he left me as being a very capable actor and when I heard he was going to play the screen version of “The Four Horsemen” I was very happy indeed and he would make this role and picture and success. I now understand he is playing Armond in Camille and I know he will take his place among the leading men of the silver screen. Valentino is a very diplomatic Italian youth and I hope very soon that he will become more popular, Everyone I know seems to like him, and I hope he will gain a good many more admires in the future.
Lillia N. New York City, NY
“I regret not having played in stock. I would have received a fine training there. I am sure”….Rudolph Valentino
At the Biltmore Hotel, Mr. & Mrs. Rudolph Valentino entertained a table of guests in honor of the Spanish painter Federico Beltran-Masses. The table guests included Mr. & Mrs. Charles Chaplain, Marion Davies, Elinor Glyn and others. Charlie Chaplain seemed to do a great deal of dancing and seemed to favor Marion Davies as a partner versus his wife Lita Grey. Mrs. Valentino wore the ever present turban which has given rise to speculation amongst the Hollywood wags as to whether she sleeps in one. This time it was of white satin. A peach satin gown with straps covered in pearls girdled at the hips with large pearl hearts, below which the skirt flared to a wide pearl encircled hem. Her heavy long brown hair was word in braided bosses over her ears. Ah only in NYC Darlings.
“Success doesn’t consist of doing good work only. Above all, you must keep your feet on the ground”…Rudolph Valentino, 1924
On 20 June 1923 , Arthur Butler Graham, Rudolph Valentino’s personal attorney who represented him during his lawsuit against Famous Players-Lasky. Sued his client in a New York Supreme Court in the amount of $48, 295 for legal services performed.
Rudolph Valentino recently told a reporter that he wanted a soul mate. His former wife Jean Acker, suing for separation and claiming that Rudy knocked her down, used her perfume and performed other acts of violence, came forth with the declaration that she was his soul mate only he didn’t realize it. After embarassing himself with all sorts of allegations in the court-room, she declared she adored him! Just a woman’s sweet way, I suppose. Well by the time the judge has granted a separation of divorce or other nominal severance, but take from Jean their souls go marching on.
In 1925, Federico Beltrán-Masses painted Rudolph Valentino as a “Caballero Jerezano” a gentleman from Jerez in the Spanish region of Andalusia. In 1926, the portrait received numerous press mentions exhibited at the Stendhal Art Galleries at Los Angeles’s Ambassador Hotel. The painting became apart of Valentino’s massive art collection and displayed with pride at his residence Falcon Lair. At his estate sale, this painting was purchased by a Rambova relative. In 1951, his former mother-in law donated this painting to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.