Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino nasceu em Castellaneta, Itália, a 6 de maio de 1895. Aos dezoito anos emigrou para os Estados Unidos. Ele trabalhou como jardineiro, garçom e dançarino em Nova York antes de se mudar para a Califórnia.

Valentino desempenhou uma série de papéis menores em filmes antes de receber o papel principal em Quatro Cavaleiros do Apocalipse (1921). O filme transformou Valentino em uma estrela romântica e ele seguiu esse sucesso com O Sheik (1921), Mares desconhecidos (1921), Além das rochas (1922), Sangue e Areia (1922), Cobra (1925) e O filho do Sheik (1926). Rudolph Valentino morreu de úlcera perfurada em 23 de agosto de 1926.


Rudolph Valentino, o ídolo sedutor e trágico da Era do Jazz

PODCAST Rudolph Valentino foi uma estrela dos primeiros anos de Hollywood, mas seus anos elegantes e agitados na cidade de Nova York não devem ser esquecidos. Eles ajudaram a torná-lo um dançarino de primeira linha e um ator glamoroso. E em 23 de agosto de 1926, foi aqui que morreu o ícone do cinema mudo.

Ele foi para Hollywood e se tornou uma grande estrela do cinema em 1921, graças ao filme O Sheik, que definiu sua reputação como o amante latino consumado. Ao longo de sua carreira, ele voltou a Nova York para fazer longas-metragens (em particular, como seu Astoria estúdio de cinema), e uma vez ele até julgou um concurso de beleza muito curioso em Madison Square Garden.

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The Bowery Boys # 170: A Vida e Morte de Rudolph Valentino

A jovem dançarina trabalhava na Maxims na 110 West 38th Street. De um guia de viagem de 1916: & # 8220Um restaurante famoso & # 8216smart & # 8217. À la carte. Música, dança, cabaré, das 6h30 até o fechamento. Altos preços. Almoço especial para mulheres ao meio-dia. & # 8221 Valentino usaria suas habilidades como ator esforçado em Los Angeles e as incorporaria em seu trabalho cinematográfico. Abaixo: Valentino com Alice Terry

Valentino & # 8217s filme inovador & # 8212 Os Quatro Cavaleiros do Apocalipse. & # 8220Ele pinta a cidade de vermelho! & # 8221 & # 8220Cada beijo inflamado com perigo! & # 8221 Como muitos de seus filmes, o enredo parece tirado de sua vida. Valentino passou algum tempo na juventude em Paris, dançando e jantando pela cidade (e endividado). (NYPL)

O Sheik, o filme que fez sua reputação:

A partir de Sangue e Areia (1922) & # 8212 Neste, o italiano Valentino interpreta um toureiro espanhol. (NYPL)

Mineralava Beauty Clay, o patrocinador da viagem de tango cross-country de Valentino e Rambova & # 8217s:

Imagens do noticiário de Valentino no Madison Square Garden julgando a competição Mineralava Beauty Clay:

o Hotel Ambassador na Park Avenue e 51 Street. Foi aqui que Valentino boxeou o repórter (no telhado) para defender sua masculinidade e onde ele estava hospedado em 15 de agosto de 1926, quando desmaiou.

A maioria das pessoas conhece o Ambassador devido a outra estrela de cinema icônica e sua memorável sessão de fotos (por Ed Feingersh) no telhado:

Rudolph em Monsieur Beaucaire, filmado no estúdio Famous Players (posteriormente Paramount) em Astoria, Queens:

Lá embaixo, no comissário do estúdio, com Valentino (à esquerda) e o elenco do filme. Hoje, esta sala é um restaurante chamado The Astor Room, que oferece coquetéis com nomes de estrelas do cinema mudo. Há até mesmo um coquetel com o tema Valentino chamado Blood and Sand!

Hospital Policlínico na 345 West 50th Street, onde Valentino morreu em 23 de agosto de 1926. O prédio ainda existe hoje como um complexo de apartamentos. (Imagem cortesia do Museu da Cidade de Nova York)

Fotos das multidões loucas e caóticas do lado de fora da Igreja Funeral de Frank Campbell e # 8217s durante a semana de 23 a 30 de agosto de 1926:

Pola Negri, que fez uma cena e tanto no funeral de Valentino (NYPL):

Do Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 30 de agosto de 1926

Imagens do noticiário de seu funeral em Midtown Manhattan & # 8212 de Frank Campbell & # 8217s (na área do Lincoln Center de hoje & # 8217s) a St Malachy & # 8217s na West 49th Street:

FONTES E LEITURAS SUGERIDAS:
Nota: Não diga que não o avisamos! Há muito material que parece ser baseado em especulação. Pensamentos de possíveis aventuras sexuais levaram muitos autores a ataques selvagens de imaginação. (Â Entre no catálogo anterior de Valentino por sua própria conta e risco:

Rudolph Valentino: A Wife & # 8217s Memories of an Icon por Natacha Rambova e Hala Pickford
A mística de Valentino: a morte e a vida após a morte de um ídolo do cinema mudo por Allen R Ellenberger e Edoardo Ballerini
Amante das Trevas: a vida e a morte de Rudolph Valentino por Emily W. Leider
O caso Valentino: o escândalo de assassinatos da era do jazz que chocou a sociedade de Nova York e dominou o mundo por Colin Evans
A vida íntima de Rudolph Valentino por Jack Scagnetti
Falcon Lair & # 8212 um recurso online indispensável para todas as coisas sobre Valentino
Publicações localizadas: New York Times, New Yorker, Newark News, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York Sun

Quase todo o seu catálogo de filmes está disponível para assistir gratuitamente no YouTube. Esses incluem O Sheik, Sangue e Areia, Os Quatro Cavaleiros do Apocalipse, Filho do Sheik e seu filme de Astoria, Monsieur Beaucaire. Outro filme que ele fez em Astoria & # 8212 Um diabo santificado & # 8212 foi perdido sem nenhuma cópia disponível.


Conteúdo

Edição de infância e emigração

Valentino nasceu em Castellaneta, Apúlia, Reino da Itália e se chamava Rodolfo Pietro Filiberto Raffaello Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella. [2] Seu pai, Giovanni Antonio Giuseppe Fedele Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella, era italiano, era capitão da cavalaria do Exército italiano, mais tarde veterinário, [3] que morreu de malária quando Rodolfo tinha 11 anos. Sua mãe, Marie Berthe Gabrielle Barbin (1856–1918), era francesa, nascida em Lure, em Franche-Comté. [4] [5] [6] Valentino tinha um irmão mais velho, Alberto (1892–1981), uma irmã mais nova, Maria, e uma irmã mais velha, Beatriz, que morrera na infância. [7]

Quando criança, Rodolfo era mimado por sua aparência excepcional e sua personalidade lúdica. Sua mãe o mimava, enquanto seu pai o desaprovava. [8] Ele foi mal na escola e acabou matriculado na escola agrícola em Gênova, onde obteve um certificado. [9]

Depois de morar em Paris em 1912, ele logo retornou à Itália. Incapaz de garantir um emprego, ele partiu para os Estados Unidos em 1913. [10] Ele foi processado em Ellis Island aos 18 anos em 23 de dezembro de 1913. [11] Embora tenha encontrado fama e sucesso incomparáveis ​​na América, Valentino nunca apresentou o necessário documentos para naturalização, e assim manteve sua cidadania italiana.

New York Edit

Chegando à cidade de Nova York, ele se sustentou com biscates, como trabalhar em mesas de restaurantes e jardinagem. [10] Valentino uma vez trabalhou como ajudante de ônibus no Murray's na 42nd Street e era muito querido, mas não fez um bom trabalho e foi demitido. Enquanto morava nas ruas, Valentino ocasionalmente voltava ao Murray's para almoçar e o pessoal dava comida para ele. Por volta de 1914, o restaurateur Joe Pani, dono do Castles-by-the-Sea, da Colônia e do Woodmansten Inn, foi o primeiro a contratar Rudolph para dançar tango com Joan Sawyer por US $ 50 por semana. [12] Eventualmente, ele encontrou trabalho como dançarino de táxi no Maxim's Restaurant-Cabaret. [13] Entre os outros dançarinos do Maxim's havia vários membros deslocados da nobreza europeia, para os quais existia uma demanda premium.

Valentino acabou fazendo amizade com a herdeira chilena Blanca de Saulles, que era infelizmente casada com o empresário John de Saulles, com quem teve um filho. Não se sabe se Blanca e Valentino realmente tiveram um relacionamento amoroso, mas quando o casal de Saulles se divorciou, Valentino se posicionou para apoiar as alegações de Blanca de Saulles de infidelidade por parte de seu marido. Após o divórcio, John de Saulles supostamente usou suas conexões políticas para prender Valentino, junto com uma Sra. Thyme, uma senhora conhecida, por algumas acusações de vício não especificadas. As evidências eram, na melhor das hipóteses, frágeis e, depois de alguns dias na prisão, a fiança de Valentino foi reduzida de US $ 10.000 para US $ 1.500. [14]

Após o julgamento bem divulgado e o escândalo subsequente, Valentino não conseguiu encontrar emprego. Pouco depois do julgamento, Blanca de Saulles atirou mortalmente em seu ex-marido durante uma disputa pela custódia de seu filho. Com medo de ser chamado como testemunha em outro julgamento sensacional, Valentino deixou a cidade e se juntou a um musical itinerante que o levou à Costa Oeste. [15]

Antes da fama Editar

Em 1917, Valentino ingressou em uma empresa de opereta que viajou para Utah, onde se desfez. Ele então se juntou a uma produção de Al Jolson de Robinson Crusoe, Jr. que estava viajando para Los Angeles. No outono, ele estava em San Francisco com uma pequena participação em uma produção teatral de Ninguém em casa. Ainda na cidade, Valentino conheceu o ator Norman Kerry, que o convenceu a tentar uma carreira no cinema, que ainda estava na era do cinema mudo. [16]

Valentino e Kerry voltaram para Los Angeles e tornaram-se companheiros de quarto no Alexandria Hotel. Ele continuou dançando, ensinando dança e construindo uma sequência que incluía uma clientela feminina mais velha que o deixava pegar emprestado seus carros de luxo. [17] Em um ponto depois que os Estados Unidos entraram na Primeira Guerra Mundial, Kerry e Valentino tentaram entrar na Força Aérea Canadense para voar e lutar na França. [18]

Com seu sucesso na dança, Valentino encontrou seu próprio quarto em Sunset Boulevard e começou a buscar ativamente papéis nas telas. A primeira parte dele foi como figurante do filme Pensão alimentícia, passando para pequenas partes em vários filmes. Apesar de seus melhores esforços, ele normalmente foi escalado como um "pesado" (vilão) ou gangster. [14] Na época, o arquétipo das principais estrelas masculinas era Wallace Reid, com uma pele clara, olhos claros e uma aparência totalmente americana, com Valentino o oposto, [19] eventualmente suplantando Sessue Hayakawa como o "exótico" mais popular de Hollywood liderança masculina. [20] [21]

Em 1919, ele conquistou uma carreira em pequenas partes. Foi um pouco como um "parasita de cabaré" no drama Olhos da Juventude, estrelado por Clara Kimball Young, que chamou a atenção da roteirista June Mathis, que o achou perfeito para seu próximo filme. [22] Young diria mais tarde que foi ela e Lewis J. Selznick que o descobriram, e que eles ficaram desapontados quando Valentino aceitou uma oferta lucrativa no Metro. [23]

Ele também apareceu como segundo líder em O pequeno demônio delicioso (1919) com a estrela Mae Murray. Em 1919, Valentino também se casou impulsivamente com a atriz Jean Acker. Seu casamento nunca foi consumado.

Edição de ação

Descontente por jogar "pesados", Valentino cogitou brevemente a idéia de retornar a Nova York definitivamente. Ele voltou para uma visita em 1917, hospedando-se com amigos em Greenwich Village, acabando por se estabelecer em Bayside, Queens. Lá conheceu Paul Ivano, que o ajudaria muito em sua carreira. [24]

Enquanto viajava para Palm Springs, Flórida, para filmar Momentos roubados, Valentino leu a novela Os Quatro Cavaleiros do Apocalipse de Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. [24] Procurando um jornal, ele descobriu que Metro havia comprado os direitos do filme para a história. Em Nova York, ele procurou o escritório do Metro, apenas para descobrir que June Mathis estava tentando encontrá-lo. Ela o escalou para o papel de Julio Desnoyers. Para o diretor, Mathis havia escolhido Rex Ingram, com quem Valentino não se dava bem, levando Mathis a desempenhar o papel de pacificador entre os dois. [24]

Os Quatro Cavaleiros do Apocalipse foi lançado em 1921 e se tornou um sucesso comercial e de crítica. Foi um dos primeiros filmes a faturar US $ 1.000.000 nas bilheterias, o sexto filme mudo de maior bilheteria de todos os tempos. [22] [25]

A Metro Pictures parecia pouco disposta a reconhecer que havia se tornado uma estrela. Muito provavelmente devido à falta de fé de Rex Ingram nele, o estúdio se recusou a dar-lhe um aumento além dos $ 350 por semana que ele ganhara Quatro cavaleiros. Para o filme seguinte, eles o forçaram a participar de um filme B chamado Mares desconhecidos. Neste filme, Valentino conheceu sua segunda esposa, Natacha Rambova. [24] [26] Naquele mesmo ano, a esposa legal de Valentino, Jean Acker, processou com sucesso o divórcio.

Rambova, Mathis, Ivano e Valentino começaram a trabalhar no filme Alla Nazimova Camille. Valentino foi escalado para o papel de Armand, o interesse amoroso de Nazimova. O filme, principalmente sob o controle de Rambova e Nazimova, foi considerado também vanguarda pela crítica e pelo público. [26]

O último filme de Valentino para o Metro foi The Mathis-escrito O poder conquistador. O filme recebeu elogios da crítica e foi bem nas bilheterias. [26] Após o lançamento do filme, Valentino fez uma viagem para Nova York, onde se encontrou com vários produtores franceses. Ansiando pela Europa, melhor pagamento e mais respeito, Valentino voltou e saiu imediatamente do Metro. [26]

O Sheik Editar

Depois de deixar o Metro, Valentino contratou Famous Players-Lasky, precursora da atual Paramount Pictures, um estúdio conhecido por filmes com foco mais comercial. Mathis logo se juntou a ele, irritando Ivano e Rambova. [26]

Jesse L. Lasky pretendia capitalizar o poder de estrela de Valentino e colocá-lo em um papel que solidificou sua reputação de "amante latino". No O Sheik (1921), Valentino interpretou o papel principal do Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan. O filme foi um grande sucesso e definiu não apenas sua carreira, mas também sua imagem e legado. Valentino tentou distanciar o personagem de um retrato estereotipado de um homem árabe. Questionado se Lady Diana (seu interesse amoroso) teria se apaixonado por um "selvagem" na vida real, Valentino respondeu: "As pessoas não são selvagens porque têm pele escura. A civilização árabe é uma das mais antigas do mundo. Os árabes são digna e de cérebro aguçado. " [27]

Famous Players produziu mais quatro longas-metragens nos 15 meses seguintes. Seu papel principal em Moran da Senhora Letty era da natureza típica de Douglas Fairbanks, no entanto, para capitalizar sobre a viabilidade financeira de Valentino, seu personagem recebeu um nome e ascendência espanhóis. [27] O filme recebeu críticas mistas, mas ainda foi um sucesso com o público. [27]

Em novembro de 1921, Valentino estrelou ao lado de Gloria Swanson em Além das rochas. O filme continha cenários luxuosos e fantasias extravagantes, embora Photoplay a revista disse que o filme foi "um pouco irreal e agitado". Lançado em 1922, o filme foi uma decepção da crítica. Anos após seu lançamento, Além das rochas foi pensado para ser perdido, exceto por uma porção de um minuto. [28] Mas em 2002, o filme foi descoberto pelo Museu do Cinema da Holanda. A versão restaurada foi lançada em DVD em 2006. [29]

Em 1922, Valentino começou a trabalhar em outro filme escrito por Mathis, Sangue e Areia. Valentino desempenhou o papel principal - o toureiro Juan Gallardo - e co-estrelou com Lila Lee e Nita Naldi. Inicialmente acreditando que o filme seria rodado na Espanha, Valentino ficou chateado ao saber que o estúdio planejava filmar em um terreno de Hollywood. Ele ficou ainda mais irritado com as mudanças na produção, incluindo um diretor que ele não aprovou. [30]

Depois de terminar o filme, Valentino casou-se com Rambova, o que o levou a um julgamento de bigamia, pois estava divorciado da primeira mulher, Jean Acker, há menos de um ano, conforme exigido pela legislação californiana da época. O julgamento foi uma sensação e o casal foi forçado a ter o casamento anulado e separado por um ano. Apesar do julgamento, o filme ainda foi um sucesso, com os críticos chamando-o de uma obra-prima a par com Flores Quebradas e Quatro cavaleiros. Sangue e Areia tornou-se um dos quatro filmes de maior bilheteria de 1922, quebrando recordes de público e arrecadando $ 37.400 apenas no Rivoli Theatre. Valentino considerou este um de seus melhores filmes. [31]

Durante sua pausa forçada de Rambova, a dupla começou a trabalhar separadamente no O jovem Rajah. Restam apenas fragmentos desse filme, recuperado em 2005. [31] O filme não correspondeu às expectativas e teve um desempenho inferior nas bilheterias. Valentino sentiu que teve um desempenho inferior no filme, chateado com sua separação de Rambova. [31] Com saudades de Rambova, Valentino voltou a Nova York após o lançamento de O jovem Rajah. Eles foram vistos e seguidos por repórteres constantemente. Durante esse tempo, Valentino começou a pensar em não voltar a Famous Players, embora Jesse Lasky já tivesse sua próxima foto, O Cavaleiro Espanhol, em preparação. Depois de falar com Rambova e seu advogado Arthur Butler Graham, Valentino declarou um 'ataque de um homem só' contra jogadores famosos. [31]

Ataque contra jogadores famosos Editar

Valentino entrou em greve por motivos financeiros. Na época de seu processo contra o estúdio, Valentino ganhava $ 1.250 por semana, com um aumento para $ 3.000 depois de três anos. Isso custou US $ 7.000 por semana a menos do que Mary Pickford ganhou em 1916. [32] Ele também estava chateado com a promessa quebrada de filmar Sangue e Areia na Espanha, e o fracasso em filmar o próximo filme proposto na Espanha ou pelo menos em Nova York. Valentino esperava, durante as filmagens na Europa, poder ver sua família, que não via há 10 anos. [27]

Em setembro de 1922, ele se recusou a aceitar cheques de pagamento de Famous Players até que a disputa fosse resolvida, embora devesse dinheiro a eles que havia gasto para pagar Jean Acker. Os jogadores famosos e irritados, por sua vez, entraram com uma ação contra ele. [33]

Valentino não desistiu, [33] e Famous Players percebeu o quanto eles tinham a perder. Em apuros depois de arquivar as fotos de Roscoe Arbuckle, o estúdio tentou um acordo aumentando seu salário de US $ 1.250 para US $ 7.000 por semana. Variedade anunciou erroneamente o aumento de salário como um "novo contrato" antes que a notícia do processo fosse divulgada, e Valentino rejeitou a oferta com raiva. [31]

Valentino afirmou que o controle artístico era mais uma questão do que o dinheiro. Ele escreveu uma carta aberta para Photoplay revista, intitulada "Carta Aberta ao Público Americano", onde ele defendeu seu caso, [31] embora o americano médio tivesse dificuldade em simpatizar, já que a maioria ganhava $ 2.000 por ano. Jogadores Famosos fizeram suas próprias declarações públicas considerando-o mais encrenca do que valia (o divórcio, provações de bigamia, dívidas) e que ele era temperamental, quase como uma diva. Eles alegaram ter feito tudo o que podiam e que fizeram dele uma verdadeira estrela. [33]

Outros estúdios começaram a cortejá-lo. Joseph Schenck estava interessado em lançar sua esposa, Norma Talmadge, ao lado de Valentino em uma versão de Romeu e Julieta. June Mathis mudou-se para a Goldwyn Pictures, onde era responsável pela Ben-Hur projeto, e interessado em escalar Valentino para o filme. No entanto, Famous Players exerceu sua opção de estender seu contrato, impedindo-o de aceitar qualquer outro emprego que não o do estúdio. A essa altura, Valentino estava com cerca de US $ 80.000 em dívida. Valentino interpôs recurso, parte do qual foi concedido. Embora ainda não tivesse permissão para trabalhar como ator, ele poderia aceitar outros tipos de emprego. [33]

Mineralava Dance Tour Edit

No final de 1922, Valentino conheceu George Ullman, que logo se tornou seu empresário. Ullman já havia trabalhado com a Mineralava Beauty Clay Company e os convenceu de que Valentino seria perfeito como porta-voz de sua legião de fãs. [33]

A turnê foi um tremendo sucesso, com Valentino e Rambova se apresentando em 88 cidades dos Estados Unidos e Canadá. Além da turnê, Valentino também patrocinou os produtos de beleza Mineralava e julgou concursos de beleza patrocinados pela Mineralava. [34] Um concurso de beleza foi filmado por um jovem David O. Selznick, que o intitulou Rudolph Valentino e suas 88 belezas. [35]

Retornar aos filmes Editar

Valentino voltou aos Estados Unidos em resposta a uma oferta da Ritz-Carlton Pictures (trabalhando através da Famous Players), que incluía US $ 7.500 por semana, controle criativo e filmagem em Nova York. [36] Rambova negociou um contrato de duas fotos com Famous Players e quatro fotos para Ritz-Carlton. [37] Ele aceitou, recusando uma oferta para filmar uma produção italiana de Quo Vadis Na Itália. [36]

O primeiro filme sob o novo contrato foi Monsieur Beaucaire, onde Valentino desempenhou o papel principal, o duque de Chartres. O filme foi mal e o público americano o considerou "efeminado". [38] O fracasso do filme, sob o controle de Rambova, é frequentemente visto como prova de sua natureza controladora e mais tarde fez com que ela fosse barrada nos sets de Valentino. [37] Valentino fez um filme final para jogadores famosos. Em 1924, ele estrelou em Um diabo santificado, agora um de seus filmes perdidos. Tinha fantasias luxuosas, mas aparentemente uma história fraca. Abriu para vendas fortes, mas logo diminuiu no público e acabou sendo mais uma decepção. [38]

Com o contrato cumprido, Valentino foi dispensado da Famous Players, mas ainda estava obrigado a Ritz-Carlton por quatro filmes. O próximo filme de Valentino foi um projeto de estimação intitulado O falcão encapuzado. A produção foi cercada de problemas desde o início, começando com o roteiro escrito por June Mathis. Os Valentino ficaram insatisfeitos com a versão de Mathis e pediram que fosse reescrita. [39] Mathis considerou isso um grande insulto e não falou com Valentino por quase dois anos. [40] Enquanto Rambova trabalhava desenhando figurinos e reescrevendo o roteiro de Falcão, Valentino foi persuadido a filmar Cobra com Nita Naldi. Valentino concordou apenas com a condição de não ser lançado até depois O falcão encapuzado estreou. [41]

Depois das filmagens Cobra, o elenco de O falcão encapuzado navegou para a França para ser equipado com fantasias. Depois de três meses, eles voltaram para os Estados Unidos, onde a nova barba de Valentino, que ele havia deixado crescer para o filme, causou sensação. [42] "Uma vez, abri um jornal e conto o que estava escrito. Era Rudolph Valentino com uma barba no queixo. Meu coração parou de bater e desmaiei, e não quero voltar à vida até que dia do julgamento ", foi logo impresso em Photoplay. [43] O elenco e a equipe foram para Hollywood para começar os preparativos para o filme, mas grande parte do orçamento foi consumido durante a pré-produção. [44] Devido aos gastos extravagantes de Valentino em fantasias e cenários, Ritz-Carlton rescindiu o acordo com o casal, encerrando efetivamente o contrato de Valentino com Ritz-Carlton. [45]

United Artists Edit

Durante as filmagens de Monsieur Beaucaire, Charlie Chaplin e Douglas Fairbanks abordaram Valentino em particular, devido ao seu contrato com o Ritz-Carlton, sobre ingressar na United Artists. [37] O contrato de Valentino com a United Artists fornecia US $ 10.000 por semana para apenas três filmes por ano, mais uma porcentagem de seus filmes. O contrato excluiu Rambova da produção de seus filmes e do set de filmagem. A aceitação dos termos por Valentino causou uma grande ruptura em seu casamento com Rambova. George Ullman, que negociou o contrato com a United Artists, ofereceu a Rambova US $ 30.000 para financiar seu próprio filme. Tornou-se seu único filme, intitulado Qual o preço da beleza? e estrelou Myrna Loy. [46]

Valentino escolheu seu primeiro projeto UA, A águia. Com o casamento sob tensão, Valentino começou a atirar e Rambova anunciou que precisava de "férias conjugais". [47] Durante as filmagens de A águia, rumores de um caso com a co-estrela Vilma Bánky foram relatados e finalmente negados por Bánky e Valentino. [22] O filme recebeu críticas positivas, mas teve bilheteria moderada. [48]

Para o lançamento do filme, Valentino viajou para Londres, onde ficou e na França, gastando dinheiro à vontade enquanto se divorciava. Muito tempo se passou antes que ele fizesse outro filme, O Filho do Sheik, apesar de seu ódio pela imagem do xeque. [49] O filme começou a ser rodado em fevereiro de 1926, com Valentino podendo escolher o diretor, e emparelhando-o novamente com Vilma Bánky. O filme usou os trajes autênticos que ele comprou no exterior e permitiu-lhe desempenhar um papel duplo. Valentino ficou doente durante a produção, mas precisava de dinheiro para pagar suas muitas dívidas. O filme estreou em 9 de julho de 1926, com grande alarde. Durante a estreia, Valentino reconciliou-se com Mathis que os dois não se falavam há quase dois anos. [49]

Remontando ao julgamento de Saulles em Nova York, durante o qual sua masculinidade foi questionada na imprensa, Valentino era muito sensível a respeito de sua percepção pública. As mulheres o amavam e o consideravam a epítome do romance. No entanto, os homens americanos ficaram menos impressionados, saindo de seus filmes com nojo. Com o tipo de Fairbanks sendo a epítome da masculinidade, Valentino era visto como uma ameaça ao homem "All American". Um homem, questionado em uma entrevista de rua em 1922 o que pensava de Valentino, respondeu: "Muitos outros homens desejam ser outro Douglas Fairbanks. Mas Valentino? Eu me pergunto." [31] As mulheres na mesma entrevista acharam Valentino "triunfantemente sedutor. Coloca o ato de fazer amor de um marido ou namorada comum como algo manso, insípido e sem paixão. " [31] Os homens podem ter querido agir como Fairbanks, mas copiaram o visual de Valentino. Um homem com o cabelo perfeitamente untado para trás era chamado de "vaselino". [31] Alguns jornalistas ainda questionavam sua masculinidade, falando longamente sobre seu cabelo com pomada, suas roupas dândi, seu tratamento com as mulheres, suas opiniões sobre as mulheres e se ele era afeminado ou não. Valentino odiava essas histórias e era conhecido por levar consigo recortes de artigos de jornais e criticá-los. [7]

Em julho de 1926, o Chicago Tribune relataram que uma máquina de venda automática de pó de talco rosa apareceu no banheiro masculino de um hotel de luxo. Um editorial que se seguiu usou a história para protestar contra a feminização dos homens americanos e culpou Valentino e seus filmes pelo talco. A peça enfureceu Valentino e ele desafiou o escritor para uma luta de boxe, já que duelar era ilegal. [50] Nenhum dos desafios foi respondido. [51] Pouco depois, Valentino se encontrou com o jornalista H. L. Mencken para obter conselhos sobre a melhor forma de lidar com o incidente. Mencken aconselhou Valentino a "deixar a terrível farsa rolar até a exaustão", [52] mas Valentino insistiu que o editorial era "infame". [52] Mencken considerou Valentino simpático e cavalheiresco e escreveu com simpatia sobre ele em um artigo publicado no Baltimore Sun uma semana após a morte de Valentino: [53]

Não era aquele episódio insignificante de Chicago que o estava dominando, mas toda a futilidade grotesca de sua vida. Teria alcançado, do nada, um sucesso vasto e vertiginoso? Então, esse sucesso foi vazio e vasto - um nada colossal e absurdo. Ele foi aclamado por multidões gritando? Então, toda vez que a multidão gritava, ele se sentia corando por dentro. A coisa, no início, deve tê-lo confundido, mas naqueles últimos dias, a menos que eu seja pior psicólogo do que até mesmo os professores de psicologia, aquilo o estava revoltando. Pior, isso o estava deixando com medo. Aqui estava um jovem que vivia diariamente o sonho de milhões de outros homens. Aqui estava alguém que era uma erva daninha para as mulheres. Aqui estava alguém que tinha riqueza e fama. E aqui estava alguém que estava muito infeliz. [54]

Depois que Valentino desafiou o Tribune's escritor anônimo para uma luta de boxe, o New York Evening Journal O escritor de boxe Frank O'Neill se ofereceu para lutar em seu lugar. Valentino venceu a luta, que aconteceu na cobertura do Ambassador Hotel, em Nova York. [55]

O campeão dos pesos pesados ​​Jack Dempsey, que treinou Valentino e outros notáveis ​​de Hollywood da época no boxe, disse dele: "Ele era o mais viril e masculino dos homens. As mulheres eram como moscas em um honeypot. Ele nunca conseguia se livrar delas, em qualquer lugar ele foi. Que cara adorável e sortudo. " [56]

O status de símbolo sexual de Valentino e sua morte prematura foram uma parte biográfica da obra de John Dos Passos The Big Money na trilogia dos EUA. Seu título era o Dançarino Adagio. [57]

Em 1923, Valentino publicou um livro de poesia intitulado Sonhos Diurnos. [58] Mais tarde, ele serializou eventos em várias revistas. Com Liberdade revista, ele escreveu uma série intitulada, "How You Can Keep Fit" em 1923. [58] "My Life Story" foi publicado em série em Photoplay durante sua turnê de dança. A edição de março foi uma das mais vendidas da revista. [33] Ele seguiu com "My Private Diary", serializado em Movie Weekly revista. A maioria das séries foram publicadas posteriormente como livros após sua morte. [59]

Valentino era fascinado por todas as partes da produção cinematográfica. Durante a produção de um filme de Mae Murray, ele passou um tempo estudando os planos do diretor. [19] Ele ansiava por autenticidade e desejava filmar no local, [26] [31] finalmente formando sua própria produtora, Rudolph Valentino Productions, em 1925. [48] Valentino, George Ullman e Beatrice Ullman foram os incorporadores.

Em 14 de maio de 1923, enquanto estava na cidade de Nova York, Valentino fez suas únicas duas gravações vocais para a Brunswick Records "Kashmiri Song" (O Sheik) e "El Relicario" (Sangue e Areia) [60] As gravações não foram lançadas até depois da morte de Valentino pela Celebrity Recording Company Brunswick não as divulgou porque a pronúncia inglês / espanhol de Valentino era abaixo da média. [61]

Valentino foi um dos primeiros em Hollywood a oferecer um prêmio por realizações artísticas em filmes que o Oscar mais tarde seguiu o exemplo. Em 1925, ele deu sua única medalha a John Barrymore por seu desempenho em Beau Brummel. O prêmio, batizado de Medalha Rudolph Valentino, exigiu a concordância de Valentino, dois juízes e os votos de 75 críticos. Todos, exceto o próprio Valentino, eram elegíveis. [48]

Valentino disse uma vez à colunista de fofocas Louella Parsons que: "As mulheres que amo não me amam. As outras não importam". Ele afirma que, apesar de seu sucesso como símbolo sexual, em sua vida amorosa pessoal nunca alcançou a felicidade. [62]: 90

Em 1919 - pouco antes do início de sua carreira - Valentino se casou impulsivamente com a atriz Jean Acker, que estava envolvida com as atrizes Grace Darmond e Alla Nazimova. Acker se envolveu com Valentino em parte para se afastar do triângulo amoroso lésbico, rapidamente se arrependeu do casamento e trancou Valentino do lado de fora do quarto na noite de núpcias. O casal se separou logo depois e o casamento nunca foi consumado. [5] O casal permaneceu legalmente casado até 1921, quando Acker processou Valentino por divórcio, alegando deserção. [22] O divórcio foi concedido, com Acker recebendo pensão alimentícia. Ela e Valentino finalmente renovaram sua amizade e permaneceram amigos até sua morte. [5]

Valentino conheceu Winifred Shaughnessy, conhecida por seu nome artístico, Natacha Rambova - uma figurinista americana de cinema mudo e cenógrafa, diretora de arte e protegida de Nazimova - no set de Mares desconhecidos em 1921. Os dois trabalharam juntos na produção de Nazimova de Camille, altura em que eles estavam romanticamente envolvidos. [63] Eles se casaram em 13 de maio de 1922, em Mexicali, México, o que resultou na prisão de Valentino por bigamia, já que ele não estava divorciado há um ano, conforme exigido pela lei da Califórnia na época. Dias se passaram e seu estúdio na época, Famous Players-Lasky, recusou-se a pagar a fiança. Eventualmente, alguns amigos conseguiram pagar a fiança em dinheiro. [64] Ele também foi investigado por uma possível violação da Lei Mann. [65]

Tendo que esperar o ano ou enfrentar a possibilidade de serem presos novamente, Rambova e Valentino moraram em apartamentos separados na cidade de Nova York, cada um com seus próprios companheiros de quarto. Em 14 de março de 1923, eles se casaram legalmente no Tribunal do Condado de Lake em Crown Point, Indiana. [66]

Muitos amigos de Valentino não gostavam de Rambova e a achavam controladora. [48] ​​Durante seu relacionamento com ela, ele perdeu muitos amigos e colegas de trabalho, incluindo June Mathis. No final do casamento, Rambova foi banido de seus sets por contrato. Valentino e Rambova se divorciaram em 1925. O fim do casamento foi amargo, com Valentino legando a Rambova um dólar em seu testamento. [22]

Desde a sua morte em 1926 até a década de 1960, a sexualidade de Valentino não foi geralmente questionada na imprensa. [67] [68] Pelo menos quatro livros, incluindo o notoriamente difamatório Hollywood Babylon, sugeriu que ele pode ter sido gay apesar de seu casamento com Rambova. [69] [70] [71] [72] [73] For some, the marriages to Acker and Rambova, as well as the relationship with Pola Negri, add to the suspicion that Valentino was gay and that these were "lavender marriages."

Such books gave rise to claims that Valentino had a relationship with Ramón Novarro, despite Novarro stating they barely knew each other. [67] [70] Babilônia de hollywood recounts a story that Valentino had given Novarro an art deco dildo as a gift, which was found stuffed in his throat at the time of his murder. No such gift existed. [67] [69] [70] These books also gave rise to claims that he may have had relationships with both roommates Paul Ivano and Douglas Gerrad, as well as Norman Kerry, and openly gay French theatre director and poet Jacques Hébertot. [74] However, Ivano maintained that it was untrue and both he and Valentino were heterosexual. [24] Biographers Emily Leider and Allan Ellenberger generally agree that he was most likely straight. [75] [76]

There was further supposed evidence that Valentino was gay documents in the estate of the late author Samuel Steward indicated that Valentino and Steward were sexual partners. [77] However, evidence found in Steward's claim was subsequently found to be false, as Valentino was in New York on the date Steward claimed a sexual encounter occurred in Ohio. [78]

Shortly before his death, Valentino was dating Ziegfeld Follies showgirl Marion Wilson Benda [79] while he was also involved in a relationship with actress Pola Negri. Upon his death, Negri made a scene at his funeral, claiming they had been engaged, in spite of the fact that Valentino had never mentioned this engagement to anyone himself. [58]

On August 15, 1926, Valentino collapsed at the Hotel Ambassador on Park Avenue in Manhattan. He was hospitalized at the New York Polyclinic Hospital. Following an examination, he was diagnosed with appendicitis and gastric ulcers, and surgery was performed immediately. (His condition was referred to as "Valentino's syndrome"—perforated ulcers mimicking appendicitis.) After surgery, Valentino developed peritonitis. On August 18, his doctors were optimistic about his prognosis. The media were told that unless Valentino's condition deteriorated, no updates would be given. [80] However, his condition worsened on August 21. He was stricken with a severe relapse of pleuritis, which developed rapidly in his left lung due to his weakened condition. [80] The doctors realized that Valentino was going to die, but as was common at the time, chose to withhold this information. Valentino reportedly believed that he would recover. During the early hours of Monday, August 23, Valentino was briefly conscious and chatted with his doctors about his future, but soon lapsed into a coma. He died a few hours later at the age of 31. [22] [80]

Edição Funeral

An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of Manhattan to pay their respects at his funeral, [81] handled by the Frank Campbell Funeral Home. Suicides of despondent fans were reported. Windows were smashed as fans tried to get in and an all-day riot erupted on August 24. Over 100 mounted officers and NYPD's Police Reserve were used to restore order. A phalanx of officers lined the streets for the remainder of the viewing. Polish actress Pola Negri, claiming to be Valentino's fiancée, collapsed in hysterics while standing over the coffin, [82] and Campbell hired four actors to impersonate a Fascist Blackshirt honor guard, purportedly sent by Benito Mussolini. [83] Media reports that the body on display in the main salon was not Valentino but a decoy were continually denied by Campbell.

Valentino's funeral mass in Manhattan was held on Monday, 30 August at Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church, often called "The Actor's Chapel", as it is located on West 49th Street in the Broadway theater district, and has a long association with show-business figures. [84]

After Valentino's remains were taken by train from New York to California, a second funeral was held on the West Coast, at the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. [84] Valentino had no final burial arrangements and his friend June Mathis arranged a temporary solution when she offered a crypt that she had purchased for the husband that she had since divorced. [85] Coincidentally, she died the following year and was interred in the adjoining crypt that she had purchased for herself Valentino was never moved to a new location and he remained in the crypt next to Mathis. The two people are still interred side by side at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (originally Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery) in Hollywood, California. [86]

Estate Edit

Valentino left his estate to his brother, sister, and Rambova's aunt Teresa Werner, who was left the share originally bequeathed to Rambova. [87] His Beverly Hills mansion, Falcon Lair, was later owned by heiress Doris Duke. Duke died there in 1993. The home was later sold and underwent major renovations. The main building of the estate was razed in 2006, and the property was then put back on the market. [84]

After Valentino's death, many of his films were reissued to help pay his estate expenses. Many were reissued well into the 1930s, long after the demise of silent film. Several books were written, including one by Rambova. [88] A photo montage print showed Valentino arriving in Heaven and being greeted by Enrico Caruso.

Over the years, a "woman in black" carrying a red rose has come to mourn at Valentino's crypt, usually on the anniversary of his death. Several myths surround the woman, though it seems the first woman in black was actually a publicity stunt cooked up by press agent Russel Birdwell in 1928. A woman named Ditra Flame claimed to be the original "woman in black". Several copycats have followed over the years. [89] Although originally a PR stunt, it has become a tradition. The current "woman in black" is motion picture historian Karie Bible. This myth of "woman in black" was also a source of inspiration for the song "Long Black Veil".

Valentino's hometown of Castellaneta, Italy, has created several services in his honor. The Museo Rodolfo Valentino was opened in his childhood home and a memorial designed by architect Nicola Cantore with a blue ceramic statue of Valentino by Luigi Gheno was unveiled in 1961. The dedication of the memorial is the subject of a vignette in the documentary Mondo Cane. [90] Fondazione Rodolfo Valentino was created to promote his life and his work. [91] [92] In 2009, a film school was also opened in his hometown, Centro Studi Cine Club Rodolfo Valentino Castellaneta. [93] At the 1995 centennial of his birth, several events were held in his honor. From 1972 to 2006, an Italian acting award—The Rudolph Valentino Award—was handed out every year. Several actors from all over the world received this award, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Elizabeth Taylor. [94]

In 1994, an opera by Dominick Argento (libretto by Charles Nolte) entitled The Dream of Valentino was premiered by the Washington National Opera in the District of Columbia . [95] Reviews were not enthusiastic. [96] The opera was revived by the Minnesota Opera in 2014, with similar reviews.

In Italy in 2006, a one-off film festival was planned to celebrate the opening of the Museo Rodolfo Valentino. [97] In May 2010, the American Society held the Rudolph Valentino Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. [98]

Valentino's syndrome, the type of medically emergent abdominal pain that caused his death, is named after him. Hollywood High School's mascot, the Sheiks, is a tribute to a Valentino character.

Italian fashion designer Valentino is named after him. [99]

Films Edit

The life of Rudolph Valentino has been filmed several times for television and the big screen. One of these biopics is Ken Russell's 1977 film Valentino, in which he is portrayed by Rudolf Nureyev.

An earlier feature film about Valentino's life, also called Valentino, was released in 1951, starring Anthony Dexter in the title role. Dexter bore a striking resemblance to the screen legend.

In 1975, ABC produced the television movie The Legend of Valentino, with Franco Nero as Valentino. [100]

Actor Oliver Clark makes a cameo in the 1971 film Eles podem ser gigantes as a nonverbal psychiatric patient nicknamed Mr. Small, who is under the delusion that he is Valentino and refuses to speak until recognized. His delusion is quickly deduced by the main character, who is himself under the delusion that he is Sherlock Holmes.

Valentino is played by actor/director Alex Monty Canawati in the motion picture Return to Babylon (2013).

Valentino was played by Gene Wilder in the 1977 spoof comedy The World's Greatest Lover.

In 1986, the French TV channel FR3 produced the television movie Série portrait, Rudolph Valentino, with Frédéric Norbert as Valentino.

Throughout his own lifetime, he was referenced in the film. Mud and Sand, a parody of Blood and Sand, starred Stan Laurel as a bullfighter named Rhubarb Vaseline.

Valentino is a supporting character in the fifth season of the horror anthology series American Horror Story. In the series, Valentino, who is played by Finn Wittrock, fakes his own death in 1926 after being transformed into a vampire. Valentino then turns his fictional lover, Elizabeth Johnson (Lady Gaga), into a vampire, as well. Elizabeth goes on to become the Countess, the central antagonist of the show's fifth season, while Valentino is eventually killed by Donovan (Matt Bomer), one of Elizabeth's many lovers, in a jealous rage.

Vladislav Kozlov will play Valentino in his upcoming indie biopic Silent Life, while Franco Nero will play Valentino's spirit. [101]

Music Edit

Shortly after his death, several songs in tribute to Valentino, including "There's a New Star in Heaven Tonight" and one by his first wife, Jean Acker, titled "We Will Meet at the End of the Trail", became bestsellers. [13] In 1964, Freddie Hart recorded a ballad titled "Valentino."


In 1998, Valentino and Giammetti sold their company for approximately $300 million to the Italian conglomerate HdP. In 2002, HdP sold the Valentino brand to Marzotto Apparel. Valentino remained actively involved with the company throughout these changes in ownership.

In 2007, Valentino announced that he would hold his final haute couture show in January of the following year. This final show, presented at the Musພ Rodin in Paris, featured legendary models including Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova, who had worked with Valentino throughout their runway careers.


The Greatest Dog Devotion in Hollywood History – Valentino and Kabar

The bond between humans and dogs is ancient and strong. Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows full well about the deep ties that can form between a person and their canine companion. And this was no different for Rudolph Valentino and his dog, Kabar.

Rudolph Valentino was a movie actor in the 1920s. Known in Hollywood as the “Latin Lover”, he starred in numerous films before his untimely death from peritonitis at the age of 31. He was so popular that his end caused mass hysteria among his fans and perpetuated his status as a film icon. To this day, the name “Valentino” is associated with someone being handsome, debonair, and suave.

According to boxer Jack Dempsey, who had trained Valentino in the sport, “he was the most virile and masculine of men. The women were like flies to a honeypot. He could never shake them off, anywhere he went. What a lovely, lucky guy.”

Valentino was born in Italy in 1895 to an Italian father and French mother. He arrived in the US in 1913 at the age of 18 and found work doing odd jobs. He was eventually hired to dance the tango with Joan Sawyer in a restaurant, and soon found work dancing at Maxim’s Restaurant-Cabaret.

But he left New York after a relationship with an unhappily married woman caused much scandal, and made his way to Los Angeles, where he continued to dance and to teach dance classes.

Rudolph Valentino as a boy

After playing lots of small “bit” parts, he finally had a break when he was cast in Os Quatro Cavaleiros do Apocalipse, which came out in 1921. The movie was a huge success, being one of the first to make over $1 million at the box office, and remains the sixth-highest grossing silent film of all time.

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He would go on to star in many other films, including The Sainted Devil (1924), The Sheik (1921), and The Son of the Sheik (1926). Valentino was known to love animals, dogs and horses in particular. He was an avid horseman, doing many of his own stunts on horseback, causing much consternation to movie studios.

Rudolph Valentino with a Cocker Spaniel

In 1922, Valentino was given an Alsatian Doberman puppy by a Belgian diplomat (and fan) during his stay at a French estate owned by relatives of his then-wife, Natasha Rambova.

Valentino was immediately deeply smitten with his new dog, so much so that they slept in the same room wherever they were staying. When they traveled, Kabar was allowed to stay with Valentino in First Class (a perk of the wealthy) and the two were completely inseparable.

Despite this bond, Valentino did not take his beloved companion on what would be his final trip in July 1926, instead choosing to leave him behind at his mansion, Falcon Lair, in LA. While staying at the Hotel Ambassador in Manhattan on August 15th, Valentino collapsed.

Natasha Rambova and Rudolph Valentino with dogs

He was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with gastric ulcers mimicking appendicitis (now called Valentino’s syndrome), and surgery was immediately performed. However, his condition worsened a week later and he died on August 23rd, at the age of 31.

His funeral was held in Manhattan, where around 100,000 people attended, and he is buried next to his good friend June Mathis in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California. There has been a ceremony at the cemetery for Valentino every year since his death.

It is said that at the time of his death, some 2,700 miles away, Kabar began to howl, with the other dogs at Falcon Lair soon joining in. Although Valentino’s brother, Alberto, arrived and tried to calm Kabar, he remained restless and was continually sick, eventually running away. He returned to Falcon Lair a few months later but was in very poor condition.

His paws were raw, and he was desperately thin. News reports in the Lewiston Evening Journal at the time stated that he might have tried to travel as far as New York to find his master.

Valentino at home with Natacha Rambova and their dog

Unfortunately, he never fully recovered and died on January 17, 1929. His death was reported in the Chicago Daily Tribune in February that same year, and he is buried at the Los Angeles Pet Park in Calabasas. Just like the ghost of Valentino himself is said to haunt parts of Hollywood, the ghost of Kabar has also reportedly been seen, in particular at Falcon Lair around Valentino’s birthday.

A black and white photograph of Rudolph Valentino with his dog

His spirit is also said to haunt the cemetery in which he is buried, and many people say they have heard a dog barking and panting near his grave. Some have even said they felt their hands being licked while visiting the site.

If these reports are to be believed, perhaps one could speculate that dog and owner are still trying to find one another. Or simply that the Valentino-Kabar story is another fantastic part of Hollywood lore. Either way, it would make a great movie.


Rudolph Valentino’s 13 Ghosts

One can read about Rudolph Valentino’s many achievements and super stardom elsewhere, but what interests the local paranormal community about this silent film celebrity is the ubiquitous nature of his ghost. Valentino’s spirit has been anecdotally witnessed at many buildings (Alexandria Hotel, Roosevelt Hotel, Montmartre Cafe, San Fernando Mission, etc ) and places throughout Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Downtown (as well as other cities across the country).

Even the ghosts of his horse, his favorite dog, and his number one fan have been spotted over the years.

The reason for these many sightings probably stems from three facts from his time in Southern California:

First, because of his popular and fun-loving nature, there are not many places locally that he didn’t visit, stay at, dance at, entertain at, or was entertained at (both before and after stardom).

Secondly, he (along with his wife, Natacha Rambova) were outspoken believers in the spirit realm, and participated in many seances. He even published a book of his “spirit writings.” Incidentally, he has also been known to show up at many more seances after he departed, including ones conducted by the blonde bombshell movie star, Mae West.

Thirdly, he’s not in his intended resting space. His body is currently interred in a crypt owned by the family of friend June Mathis, which was to be a temporary arrange until a suitably ornate memorial could be created. However, that never happened, and perhaps this is why his spirit is so restless.

Below are the TOP 13 local haunted places connected to Rudolph Valentino…

1.) Falcon’s Lair, 1436 Bella Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90210

No discussion of Valentino’s ghost can begin without first talking about his legendary Beverly Hills mansion and stately grounds, “Falcon’s Lair.”

Shortly after Valentino passed away, the care-taker of this property ran a successful side-business allowing seances and late-night ghost tours. Even though, the sightings during this time were most likely staged by the care-taker, the stories of Valentino’s shadowy figure, and phantom footsteps, wandering through the rooms of his former house have continued through the years.

Silent film star Harry Carrey Sr, who lived at this address after Valentino, claimed he had to move out because it was too haunted. Carrey most likely didn’t believe in ghosts, but he had a hard time trying to maintain a house-keeping staff because of the numerous stories. Sadly, the main house was bull-dozed in 2006. There is no word whether his ghost still roams the property.

2.) Valentino’s Villa, 6776 Wedgewood Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Before ending up in Beverly Hills, Valentino lived just a couple of blocks from the heart of Hollywood in the Whitley Heights area.

After his death, this address also became a destination for obsessed fans hoping to get a glimpse of the nocturnal visits of Valentino’s spirit. Those not content with watching for movement in the windows from the curb would illegally break in to the house. Spiritualist groups would hold seances’ in the shadow of this residence.

The property was still part of the silent screen star’s holdings when he died, and remained empty for many years, simply rotting away from neglect, and taking on the appearance of a classic “haunted house.” Fans helped the process by removing “souvenirs,”

All that is left of this famous paranormally charged site is the house’s foundation (which can be seen from the 101 freeway).

3.) The Hollywood Hotel, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

For crazed female fans willing to pay for a romantic night alone with the ghost of “”the world’s greatest lover,” there was the Hollywood Hotel, which originally stood on the land that now is occupied by the Hollywood & Highland Center (the place with the large elephants). It was said that if you checked into room 264 (Valentino’s suite), the ghost of Valentino would appear next to your bed, and give you one of his famous “spirit kisses.”

Valentino’s name was also painted on the ceiling above his supposed favorite table in their dinning room, so the historic hotel was not above promoting their most famous tenant to increase business.

4.) Knickerbocker Hotel, 1712 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

It is not surprising that the ghost of Valentino has been seen in multiple locations inside the Knickerbocker Hotel (now apartments), considering how much time he is said to have spent there during his last year of life, lounging around the lobby, and dancing the tango in their bar.

It is said that he used to travel from his home in the hills to the Knickerbocker on horseback, and at the end of the night the horse would carry the drunk movie star home. This was probably best for everyone, considering how reckless Valentino was behind the wheel since he was convinced that his “spirit guides” would protect him no matter how fast the near-sighted star drove.

5.) Valentino Place Apartments, 716 Valentino Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The Valentino Apartments near Melrose has curiously been said to be haunted by Rudolph Valentino, while he never visited this old building despite claims that he owned it (or went to speak-easy in the basement, or dated starlets who lived there). The building wasn’t even built during Valentino’s life.

Despite no real connection to Valentino, for many years, tenants claimed to see Valentino walking down the halls, or even resting in their beds with his head on the pillow. One story told in “The Valentino Mystique” by Allan R. Ellenberger states that an older woman awoke to find Valentino standing over her bed just before she died herself.

In 1990, the building (now known as the “Valentino Building”) and the street became part of Paramount Studios, and are now within the studios’ gates.

6.) Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, California 90038

In addition to the previously mentioned “Valentino Building,” the ghost of Valentino has been seen all over his old studio, most frequently in the costume department and the Lemon Grove Gate, but most notably his ghost has been seen walking thru, and disappearing into, a wall on the north end of the property, where Hollywood Forever Cemetery is on the other side of wall – the site of Valentino tomb.

Incidentally, the land that Paramount sits on was originally part of that same cemetery. However, it should be noted that despite stories like the one about Paramount’s famous wrought iron gates which were made that way to keep Valentino’s fans out, Valentino most likely never set foot inside these studios. This studios were contructed just before he died. Valentino worked at this film company’s previous location at Sunset and Vine.

7.) Musso & Frank Grill, 6667 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Los Angeles, CA 90028

According to Richard Senate’s book, “Hollywood Ghosts: The Fabulous Phantoms of Filmdom,” Valentino’s ghost has been seen multiple times within Hollywood’s oldest restaurant. As mentioned before, Valentino would ride down Hollywood Blvd. on his white horse, and stop at the local eatery for lunch.

The ghost story most often told about Musso & Frank is that a woman will go to the ladies room (at the back of the restaurant) and see a good-looking man, wearing a white shirt, tan slacks, and a simple tie, hanging around the restroom door. They will exchange smiles before he vanishes into thin air. Although, Los Angeles seems to have a long list of “haunted ladies rooms,” the presence of this ghost is more likely connected to the illegal speak-easy that supposedly once operated out of the back of this famous restaurant.

8.) The Mathis House, 1500 N Laurel Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

At the northeast corner of Laurel Ave. and Sunset Blvd. once sat the house of June Mathis, Valentino’s friend, mentor, and possibly the person who introduced him to Spiritualism and the occult. Valentino attended many seances at this address, and believed one of his “spirit guides” was Mathis’ deceased mother. According to George Ullman, Valentino’s business manager, the film star called out “Jenny” (Mathis’s mother), just before he died.

It was also reported that Valentino’s ghost appeared at Mathis’ home the same night he past away. Thus, this address marks the first sighting of Valentino’s ghost in Los Angeles (or anywhere).

9.) Will Rogers State Beach, 15000 California 1, Los Angeles, CA 90272

Given the amount of time Valentino spent with his horses, is it any wonder that some sightings of Valentino’s spirit include the ghostly apparition of his horse?

Witnesses have claimed to see Valentino (dressed in white) riding a white horse across the sands of this beach. One version of this story, as mentioned in Richard Senate’s “Hollywood’s Ghost: The Fabulous Phantoms of Filmdom,” has Valentino with a rose clenched in his teeth, as he passes. Even though, it is known that Valentino (in life) rode on this beach often, it has been speculated that his spirit remains here because of its proximity to Marion Davis’s house. It is rumored that the two had a secret fling (hence the gift of a rose). Richard Senate even theorizes that a jealous William Randolph Hearst (Davies’ known lover) may have even had something to do with Valentino’s sudden death.

10.) Former Falcon’s Lair Stables, 10051 Cielo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

At one time, this residence was used as Valentino’s private stables (just below Falcon’s Lair) for his beloved horses. Over the years, witnesses have claimed to see the ghost of Valentino grooming a ghost horse. Sometimes, just the phantom horse is seen alone, or just horse-like sounds are heard. Much has been made of the proximity of this famous ghost and ghost horse to the site of the famous Manson murders which occured on the same street. However, even in the realm of ghost tales, a super-natural connection between these two locations seems unlikely, unless Sharon Tate was some how involved with Valentino’s curse…

11.) De Longpre Park, 1350 N Cherokee Ave Los Angeles, California 90028

According to local historian Michael Imlay, this otherwise nondescript park is the site of much rumored paranormal activity. The park has two statues dedicated to the memory of Valentinio, one of which (titled “Aspiration”) was supposedly for the ornate crypt intended for Valentino that was never built.

His spirit’s unrest may be tied to his lack of a proper burial place. So, is it possible that his spirit’s sadness is attached to the symbol of the tribute that never happened? Could this large metal object conduct strange energy as some believe?

Over the years, two women have met unfortunate and tragic ends to their lives at the base of this “magnet for sadness,” only to have their bodies discovered next day near the memorial statue. One was a suicide. The other the victim of cold-blooded murder.

12.) Los Angeles Pet Cemetery, 5068 N. Old Scandia Lane, Calabasas, CA 91372

By far, the strangest paranormal phenomena connected to Rudolph Valentino occurs in a little cemetery on the west end of the San Fernando Valley. Along with remains of many celebrity pets, this location is the final resting place of Valentino’s beloved dog, a Great Dane named Kabar. Despite the numerous famous animals here, it seems that only Kabar haunts these hallowed grounds. Not only has he been seen (before vanishing), some witnesses say that they hear him barking and panting. There are those that even claim that the invisible dog will lick their hands, which is not unlike the “spirit kisses,” Valentino’s ghost is said to give visitors of the Hollywood Hotel.

13.) Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038

The interesting phantom connected to Valentino’s final resting place is the ghost of a “woman in black,” with her face obscured by a black veil, seen periodically visiting his crypt.

The identity of this “woman” is difficult to determine, since over the decades, many women (including one who still does these duties today) have also donned that same mourning outfit and repeated the ritual of visiting his final resting place. The idea of Valentino’s “woman in black” seems to be a local tradition past down through the generations (as well as something often imitated). Some tourists have reported seeing the woman in black, who would disappearinto thin air when they’ve attempted to take her picture.

Hollywood Forever is also the site of the 85th Valentino Memorial service on August 23 at 12:10 pm (the time of his death), where fans come out to celebrate the live (and after-life) of the silver screen’s biggest star… and hope to catch a glimpse of the Woman In Black.

Bonus Location: Unknown Bank in the Los Angeles area.

(This story does not involve a ghost, but it is worth mentioning because it involves a possibly haunted object that may still wreak havoc on Angelenos.)

There is an often repeated legend concerning a cursed ring supposedly owned by Valentino. Valentino was supposedly warned about its dangerous powers when he purchased it in San Francisco, and while wearing it, he died unexpectedly. Since then, every owner that has received this ring (generally with the warning) has incurred financial ruin, bad health, or died shortly after first putting it on.

The tragic death of Russ Columbo has been attributed to this ring. Even those that have attempted to steal the ring have been beset with bad luck. The last known owner, the estate of Del Casino, is said to have put it in a safety deposit box in a Los Angeles bank to keep it from harming others. Sadly, this information appears to be decades old.

The bank (the last known location) according to the legend has since burnt to the ground… twice, so who knows where this ring is today. Cuidado!


Valentino’s Rise to Stardom

Born in Italy as Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla in 1895, his family had few resources to back such a aristocratic name. Like many other Italians during the era, he made his way to America at the young age of 18 to seek a better life. To simplify things, he chose to reduce his name, first choosing Rudolfo Guglielmi before finally settling on Rudolph Valentino. By 1917, Valentino had not encountered much success in New York (he once took a job picking insects off rose plants), and he chose to travel west to California. A friend in New York had encouraged him to seek a career in films, and shortly after his arrival in California he was introduced to an enclave of film workers. He landed his first, low-paid part as an extra on the production Alimony, but found it difficult to locate consistent film work due to looking “too foreign.” Such looks were desirable for villains, but those parts were already filled by well-established actors. Valentino managed to subsist on “bit” parts for much of the next two years, though landing parts had not gotten easier the film industry had greatly decreased production during WWI and the Spanish Flu dampened public activity. As the close of the decade arrived, the Roaring 20’s began and film production resumed in earnest. Rudolph impulsively married fellow actress Jean Acker in 1919, but the marriage dissolved after less than a month. He eventually remarried and divorced Natacha Rambova. Luckily for Valentino, his foreign good looks eventually won him a breakout role in The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse in 1921. The film was a box office smash, and Valentino’s reputation as a “latin lover” was sealed. It also sparked a national fad for all things Spanish, including bolero jackets and gaucho pants. It was at this point in Valentino’s career that he became a popular sartorial influence in American pop culture. For five more years, Valentino would be the country’s most beloved film star.


DeLongpre Park

Developed in 1924 for $66,000, De Longpre Park is named after painter Paul De Longpre, whose celebrated home at Hollywood Boulevard and Cahuenga Avenue was the first tourist attraction in Hollywood.

On May 5, 1930 (Valentino’s 35th birthday), at twelve o’clock in De Longpre Park, actress Dolores del Rio drew back a velvet curtain to reveal the bronze figure of a man with face uplifted.

The statue, entitled “Aspiration,” was designed by sculptor Roger Noble Burnham and was paid for with contributions from fans and admirers. A inscrição diz: “Erected in the Memory of Rudolph Valentino 1895-1926. Presented by his friends and admirers from every walk of life — in all parts of the world, in appreciation of the happiness brought to them by his cinema portrayals.”

A week later, neighbors, who insisted that they were not consulted on the matter (and that the only statue in the park should be of De Longpre himself), made an official protest. Regardless, nothing came of the matter and the statue remained. No more was heard of the statue until a few years later when a woman named Zunilda Mancini came forward, claiming to have donated $6,900 towards the statue, which actually cost only $1,500. She sued Valentino’s former manager, George Ullman in court and was awarded the difference of $5,400.

“Aspiration” as it appeared in the 1930s

The year after the unveiling, a fourteen-year-old girl was found on a bench near the statue. Police said she had been chloroformed and most likely sexually assaulted. She died at Hollywood Hospital without regaining consciousness. Three years later, on November 1, 1934, the caretaker of the park found the lifeless body of thirty-year-old Ann Johnston in a rest room just a few feet away from “Aspiration.” Next to her was an empty poison bottle. Since she left no note, it remained unclear whether her suicide was related to Valentino or, as the police surmised, was due to a nervous breakdown she recently suffered.

The statue has been the object of vandalism several times over the years. On February 2, 1952, it was found broken from its base and lying on the park lawn. Taken to the city service yard for repairs, it was not returned for nearly twenty years.

Close-up of repairs made in the 1970s

In July 1979 a bronze bust of Valentino sculpted by Richard Elllis and paid for from the estate of one of his fans, was mounted on a tall, white pedestal several feet from “Aspiration.”

Bust of Valentino that has stood in DeLongpre Park for almost thirty years

Shortly afterward a group of concerned neighbors initiated a campaign to revamp the neglected park. To this day, “Aspiration” is the only monument ever erected to honor an actor in Hollywood.

Aviso: De Longpre Park is surrounded by a metal fence and locked up at night. Please take reasonable precautions when visiting.

If you are in the Los Angeles-Hollywood area this Saturday, August 23, be sure to drop by the Rudolph Valentino Memorial no Cemitério Hollywood Forever. The service is held at the Cathedral Mausoleum and begins at 12:10 p.m. – the time of Valentino’s death in New York. Arrive early as seats go quickly. See you there.

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5 Responses to “The last days of Rudolph Valentino…Part Two”

A most interesting account of R.D.’S final days. He was truly admired and loved by so many, it is unfortunate that amidst all this admiration his life could not be saved. RASGAR.

In 1953 I was in the U. of Michigan production of IN THE SUMMER HOUSE with Miriam Hopkins. Please phone me for some Miriam stories. Phone any morning.

The doctor and hospital killed Rudy–malpractice. They waited too long to operate–and in the interim sepsis set in–and after the operation, periotonitis set in. He never had a chance–since there were no antibiotics in those days. The waited almost a day to operate–it sealed Valentino’s fate. Tragic.

To: Barbara Shernoff
You are very correct. Rudy died under malpractice.
Hardly anyone has ever blurted out that fact!

After reading Dr. Meeker’s medical report and description of the condition of R.V.’s intestines, it seems that he may have suffered from an injury as well as an ulcer. If you watch his last film, “The Son of The Sheik,” you will see several scenes that were violent enough to have caused a serious injury.

It’s remarkable that we, who were not born until after he died, are still interested in him! His Private Diary is quite amusing and touching.


Valentino Marriages

Women were crazy about Rudy, but he was attracted to the few who were out to cause him a world of trouble. The age old psychological game in which the many women who were too readily available to him were uninteresting, while the shrewish ones were a challenge. While playing opposite glamorous stars such as Gloria Swanson, The Great Lover was actually suffering rejection and humiliation in his personal life. He had married Jean Acker in 1919, just before his career really took off, and she had regrets immediately, locking him out of their hotel room on their wedding night. It has been speculated that she preferred women. The couple divorced on the grounds of an unconsummated marriage. Valentino did not wait for the divorce to become final before marrying his second wife Natacha Rambova in Mexico. Rudy was quickly charged with bigamy as soon as he returned to the States.

During this time (early 20s) Rudolph Valentino&aposs stardom was skyrocketing, and Jean Acker, the first Mrs. Valentino sued for the right to be billed as &aposMrs. Valentino." Rudy was angry over this whole drama, but he had other problems to contend with his new wife.

Natacha Rambova has been described as an opportunist by those who witnessed the couples interaction on Rudy&aposs movie sets, but, she was not after money, as she was heir to the Hudnut cosmetic empire. Natasha was what could be compared to as a modern day liberal spoiled kid, who despised her own wealth, and wished to gain artistic recognition. She had a strong personality and presence on Valentino&aposs sets, making many suggestions, and arranging last minute changes. The directors, set designers, and writers all agreed that she was creating problems and slowing the pace of production. It was not long before she was banned from the Valentino&aposs movie sets. She was a curiosity of the 1920s as she was a hardened woman who desired a career and not a family. Natacha had been a child of wealth and she showed all the signs of too much spoils. Rudolph Valentino had ideas of his own, he wanted a family,and dreamed of owning a nice home where he could raise children and own animals, so, he set out to build his dream house, he called it Falcon Lair. Although his life was turbulent, he did enjoy entertaining his brother, Alberto, and his wife, and son, Jean Gugliemi Valentino, Rudy&aposs young nephew, at this time,(approximately 1922-23) Rudy&aposs marriage was not exactly what he was hoping for and the presence of his nephew, Jean, was like a breath of fresh air. He made a point of playing the boy every chance he got. Seeing his nephew enjoy his luxurious mansion, Falcon Lair, was Valentino&aposs way of enjoying his own wealth without being discouraged by all of his life&aposs difficulties.

The banning of his wife&aposs presence on the set led Valentino to go on strike because of what he considered to be disrespect of Natacha. The couple were now out of work, with huge bills due to the massive new home, but Natacha only entertained the idea of being an actress herself to keep them currant on bill payments. The new Mrs. Valentino declared herself her husband&aposs business manager, charging fans for autographs, and granting interviews to fan magazines.

After putting up with this for some time, Rudy hired a seasoned business manager, George Ullman, who clashed seriously with Natacha on everything. Fortunately, she agreed to promote beauty products and go on a personal appearance tour with her husband. This turned out to be a huge success, and kept the Valentino name before the public.

Valentino was back in business, Signed to a new contract, and prepared to act in a string of excellent new vehicles. Natacha repeatedly butted heads with Rudy&aposs friends and business associates, again leading the studio to require that Mrs. Valentino stay out of the promotion, design, and everything regarding her husbands career. This time Rudy knew he had no choice and agreed. The press and personal friends were now blaming her for all of her husband&aposs failures, and she filed for divorce.


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