Friday, April 25, 2014
V for Rudolph Valentino
BORN: May 8, 1895
DIED: August 23, 1926
AGED: 31 yrs from peritonitis from a burst appendix
REAL NAME: Ruolpho Alfonzo Rafaelo Filbert Guglielmi Di Valentina D'antonguolla-Whew!-What a mouthful!!
MARRIAGES: Twice-Jean Acker-She wouldn't let him into the bedroom on their wedding night. Natasha Rambova (AKA Winnifred Shaunessy)-she turned out to be a lesbian-this guy could pick 'em or what!
ENGAGED: Pola Negri-She flung herself on the coffin-it is all about her after all
AFFAIRS: "Just a Gigolo, everywhere I go..."
He came to this country penniless and even slept on park benches. He moved up from being a male prostitute to a gigolo where rich women paid for him to dance with them(I am certain the dancing was on the ball room and in the bedroom). He got paid for these meetings with the socialites-busy boy:). He moved out to California and due to his excellent dancing and looks got his start and broke out in The Four Horsemen. Unfortunately he was not the best in picking women and they seemed to rule over him. Others of the time said he loved just to be known as Rudy and was shy. From his movies he became known as "the Great Lover" but men didn't care for him and called him the "Pink Powder Puff" I think they were jealous because all their wives swooned over him. When he died, suddenly, thousands flocked to the funeral and some women actually committed suicide. There was one woman known as the lady in black who went to his grave every year and placed a red rose at his grave until she passed away in the 1980's or '90's.
FILMS: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Camille, Blood and Sand, The Sheik, Son of the Sheik, The Eagle