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Dec 1924 – June Mathis & Silvano Balboni Marriage


December bride June Mathis, screen writer and Silvano Balboni cinematographer were married at the Mission of St. Cecilia, Riverside, California.

1570698511_5d9ef50f20315-thumb.jpgTheir whirlwind romance is an outstanding example of how two professionals seemed destined to meet and have their own happily ever after.  It started out as mutual admiration between the couple.  Silvano amazed at the personality of Miss Mathis and June was attracted to his dynamic looks.  Now they are looking forward to collaborating on future movie projects.

This happily married couple were married until June’s early demise in 1927.  Their last movie collaboration was “The Masked Woman”.  For this project, June Mathis wrote and directed, and her husband had to come in and finish what his wife started.

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3 Aug 1924 – Rumors

All the worlds in Europe this summer. From Paris or London, Rome or Germany with its alluring shops are getting a good dose of filmland. June Mathis, Carmel Myers, and George Walsh are at the Claridge and when they gaily telephoned me the other day.  Telephone service like people is the same everywhere only I do think after this trip I shall feel inclined to apologize to the Los Angeles phones.  I used to think it was the worst in the world, but I have met London and Paris since then.  The only redeeming feature is in Paris it is only one arm that goes to sleep while you are waiting for the operator to wake up. The mouthpiece and receiver are like a one-piece bathing suit all together.  So, lunch at the Ritz Hotel with June Mathis after which we watched mannikins parade in several shops just to get a slant at the new styles.  When June passed up the filmy frocks which are no doubt putting the eyes out in Deauville now, and insisted that she is being a hard-working woman must have more practical attire, the inquisitive French girl, observant too interrupted with, “Ah Madame cannot be a regular working woman. She has such lovely jewels”. She no doubt had her eye on the lovely necklace watch June gave herself in Hollywood last Christmas.  I wanted to know whether the report from Hollywood that June Mathis married here to George Walsh was true.  Miss Mathis declared she was neither married nor engaged to George Walsh and that is that. So, let the rumor mill find something else to gossip about.  From my observation since June is in Paris, I would say George Walsh and other Americans who maybe interested in the talented lady there is a keen rival for her affections, and he is Italian and happens to be in the movie industry.  June met her new man in Rome, and he appears quite attentive.  Do I hear wedding bells in their future? Time will only tell.

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21 Feb 1928 – Poor Mills

If allegations in litigation ore correct, Mrs. Millie Hawkes, New York, at 85 years, bobs and dyes her hair, has 50 pairs of shoes, five fur coats and is the mother of the late June Mathis,  Metro scenario writer. Mills is being sued for half of an estate of $50,000 under an undated will. Silvano Balboni, her son-in-law, says he is maintaining her in luxury and wants out.

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21 Aug 1925 – June Mathis & Silvano Balboni

On the set at United Studios: There’s June Mathis and Rex Ingram responsible for the making of “The Four Horsemen” into one of the greatest movies ever produced. June is now supervising filming of her own production for First National called “Viennese Medley.” A new director is directing through a huge megaphone. He is Kurt Rehfeld. Kurt was Rex Ingram’s assistant. Miss Mathis gave him this chance. Seated behind Rehfeld watching the action are Miss Mathis and her husband, Silvano Balboni. While Conway Tearle and May Allison do a bit of Viennese romancing before the camera, I reflect on the fact that all the movie Romeo-and-Julieting isn’t done “for the benefit of cinema.” There’s the case of June and Silvano. I knew Balboni when he was making “Shifting Sans,” a movie with Peggy Hyland. It was filmed in the Libyan desert in North Africa j and Balboni “shot” the most stirring desert riding stuff ever seen in a movie. Returning to America, Balboni met June Mathis and there was a mutual palpitation of hearts. “Bal” was amazed at the vivid vital personality of Miss Mathis. Silvano’s Byronic head attracted the dynamic authoress executive. They were married and today in Hollywood are an outstanding example of professional and martial felicity. They are working together now to make Miss Mathis initial production “on her own” the biggest thing yet done

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21 Feb 1928 – June Mathis Mother Bobs Hair at 85

If allegations in litigation are correct. Mrs. Millie Hawkes of New York at 85 bobs and dyes her hair, has 50 pairs of shoes and five fur coats.  She is the mother of the late June Mathis, scenario writer, and is suing for half of an estate of $50,000 under an undated will. Silvano Balboni, her son-in-law avers he is maintaining her in luxury. Mrs Hawkes says your never too old to continue looking your best.

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10 Sep 1935 – Balboni Back to Stay

Following the death of his wife June Mathis, five years ago. Silvano Balboni returned to his native Italy to produce films.  But he is back now to supervise the technical details of Edward Small’s picture “The Melody Lingers ON” which has an Italian locale, and he intends to remain. Balboni started photographing movies in 1910 – he is 40 now and later he directed several pictures here and in England. While working in London, he induced a young stock actor to try the films. The actor was Ronald Coleman, Miss Mathis was a noted scenarist and the discoverer of Rudolph Valentino.

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14 Apr 1928 – Silvano Balboni Will Get Estate of June Mathis

The entire $100,000 estate of the late June Mathis, prominent scenarist, will go to her husband, Silvano Balboni, motion picture director, under a decision filed today in Judge Crail’s court.  Balboni’s attorneys stated the director would care for Mrs. Millie Hawkes, 85 grandmother of Miss Mathis, who lost a life interest because she contested the will. Last year,  Mrs. Hawkins sued the director in court for $50,000. The director in-turn told the court she already lives in luxury with five fur coats and 50 shoes. Also, discovered during the contest that the will bore a printed dateline and was therefore, not entirely in Miss Mathis’ hand. ON this ground the will was declared void and the husband was made sole beneficiary.

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“Rudolph Valentino was an artist whose place will be impossible to fill, just as it will be impossible to fill the empty place in our hearts, caused by his death. I am deeply grieved.” Silvano Balboni, husband of June Mathis

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