Thursday, January 20, 2022

On January 19th

       A Birthday Remembrance for this lady. May her fighting spirit never die. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Our List of Books!

Renato compiled a list of all our books with accompanying data (see below) which I share today. It is astounding to me that throughout the years, all of these fine books, of which we are extremely proud, have taken a continual beating from those who have tagged themselves as “the team”.

Tracy Terhune calls our books “fan fiction”, or “pure fiction”, he runs a designated blog under the title of Affairs Valentino, where he does little else but try to do the maximum harm to us personally and to our work.

Eleanor Gribbin tells people asking about Affairs Valentino, that the book is the “ravings of a madwoman” and Donna Hill refuses to give the tiniest nod to any of these titles, pretending they do not exist.

Cindy Martin told anyone who would listen that Michael Morris did not write his posthumous book, Beyond Valentino. This was a travesty to deter anyone from reading his work and a tremendous insult to him as he did write it. We were working on it together when he passed away. I am still waiting for her to issue a public retraction of her false statement about that.

And David Spurr Bret? He just wakes up every day I guess to vomit more angry insults our way on his unintelligible Twitter account.

I am pleased to say that this core group of people... have not affected the content or integrity of our work in the slightest!

I present the account as Renato set it up... and wave it high as a banner of pride and happiness that we accomplished all we did. Renato wants me to add that he will soon be updating the list! The image might have to be downloaded to be enlarged. 

Dr. Wyman Sent Back to Welfare Island

Another chapter in this character's saga. Dr. Wyman had a wife and child and interesting to see a better picture of the con artist himself. The article is not so clear what he did to violate his parole. But poor Mrs. Wyman, he was really awful husband material. This article is from The Times Union, Brooklyn, New York, March 1, 1932. I wrote about his death in Affairs Valentino in the "What Ever Happened To" section. I add this to that account. (see below)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

More From Renato Floris

"I have read with great regret the descriptions of both Evelyn and myself in Mad About the Boy and We Never Forget in which I recognize neither her nor me.

We are described as two mythical monsters who do not like dialogue and who are perched on their positions in an uncompromising way. Nothing could be more wrong.

Evelyn and I are always looking for new points of view, new stimuli, but a smear campaign has been launched and managed against us that has now lasted well over eleven years.

Add to this, the fact that exactly 3328 days ago, Tracy Ryan Terhune stole the then blog of Evelyn which she closed due to threats made against her family from David Bret. Tracy Terhune, 3328 days ago turned Evelyn's blog into his tool aimed only at harming us.

In those posts on that Affairs Valentino Blogspot blog, Terhune's literary criticism does not exist if only in name because there it is, and always has been only his signature bullying, insult, defamation and so on and so forth.

It is enough, for those who do not believe me, to go and read there the disreputable lies and comments by David Bret and the fundamentalist hatred of us by Tracy Ryan Terhune. Bret uses Terhune's blog just to vomit homophobic, transphobic and ageist insults about us and nothing more.

Regarding "Mad About the Boy", some time ago, maybe two or three years ago, I asked to be admitted to the group but the administrator treated me in an offensive way and told me that I was not liked, he added that my fame preceded me and that if I did not leave immediately he would have reported me to Facebook as a nuisance.

I asked the administrator to explain the reason for all this, I came in peace and with serious interest in Valentino, he reiterated his intention to denounce me.

In my recent post I just asked Eleanor Gribbin to contact me via email, to explain the reasons for our being banished and denigrated.

I have never denied an effective and honest dialogue with those who have good intentions.

Asking is lawful and answering is courtesy!"

A Direct Response to Eleanor Gribbin

In response to your day of insult and delusion about Renato's post to you...I respond with the following:

“My rants”, as you called them... are responses to the harassment Renato and I have had to endure for years on end because of the likes of you and your eternally menacing and alias-ridden overlords.

And in response to your fury over why someone is sharing posts from your group with us... Perhaps you have forgotten that your group is public and anyone who is not blocked can see what you are doing and saying. If people share what you write it is because they recognize good from evil. Some people actually do good things.

Yet you issue a threat to the person who forwards those posts, threatening to ban them everywhere and not just on your group. Wow. My point proven.

I must remind you that Renato once politely requested to join your group and he did not just receive a rejection but a traumatic attack by your partner then Simon Constable. He told Renato he would report him to Facebook, that his “fame preceded him” and that he should “go away”.

Did you amend that? You did not. Instead you goaded Constable on, saying I smell, (see below) and collaborating with him in a ban of us and our work's mention which was and always is laden with defamatory innuendo about us and our work.

And in response to your chit chat with Ms. Mary O'Bannon/Cindy Martin or whoever it is today... your statement claiming you never “voiced an opinion over my statements”? Well that...would be a complete lie. (see below)

We are sick and tired of you and your cronies harassing us, inspiring hatred of us in unsuspecting people's minds...when your own rhetoric and actions prove you are the bully. Renato bravely and intelligently wrote the truth. So own it lady, own it.

A couple of last points to be made:

You dash my blog's anonymous commentators... when your main commentators are fake aliases such as Etienne....who is Bret and we know this because he revealed this himself with an ill-timed tweet...remember? All those tired and ridiculously obvious aliases... the lunacy goes on and on. 

And is it not obvious why we have to have the comments turned off on our Youtube channel? Because of people like you. I once woke up to a long list of obscene comments posted on a video years ago and learned that lesson. Because of people like you and Bret.... with his 1000 Gribbin-approved aliases, i.e., Albert Morris, Nicole Vollmer, Etienne whatever... we do not have the privilege of allowing comments.

So not so fast with your curtsy and bow to the membership there Ms. Gribbin. There is much more to this story as you well know. Much, much more.

But now to share a few of the deplorable things you claim to have never said in your group about us: (the following excerpts are reproduced under Fair use guidelines to illustrate a point in my narrative)

And a quick banishment....

Here (below) you claim I added things to Ullman's memoir....

(Above) you turned off comments when one of our books was mentioned. And lest we forget this classic....

Monday, January 17, 2022

Rudolph Valentino's Uncle Ernesto


Some clarification about the signature of S. George Ullman. I received an image of a book of poetry published in January of 1923, purported online to be written by S. George Ullman. (see below)

I was asked if George Ullman published this book of poetry in January of 1923. After some research I found an inscription written by the author in a copy of “Captive Balloons” (see below)

The above inscription is certainly not S. George Ullman's handwriting as his signature was consistent throughout his lifetime. I share some examples and there are many as he signed endless documents and letters. To share but a few as example:

I can verify that although on some sales pages for the book titled, “Captive Balloons", it identifies the author as a “friend and manager of Rudolph Valentino”, in my expert opinion after studying this man and his handwriting/signature for two decades, the book "Captive Balloons" is not written by S. George Ullman and the inscription in the copy of said book of poems is not the signature nor handwriting of S. George Ullman. The handwriting of the book's inscription is from a very different hand.

The inscription in the copy of "Captive Balloons" was found here:

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Dear Mary O'Bannon

We have not “attacked” Donna Hill as Tracy Ryan Terhune accuses us of doing. We have pointed out her shunning of all of our Valentino work and publications and the books of Aurelio Miccoli. It is a glaring omission on her part and it is an obvious thing for us to do to make this omission known.

Terhune is doing his best to now destroy our Rudolph Valentino Case Files with innuendo and his signature bullying. He calls us hypocrites because we did not include Bret's absolutely awful book on Valentino in our bibliography. Well Donna Hill has also shunned his book so there you go.

"Cindy Martin" gave us an earful some time ago about Ms. Donna Hill's role in Terhune's, “Campaign to Ruin Evelyn” (and that is what she said they call it). She said Ms. Hill participated actively and wrote everything Terhune published on that designated hit blog he runs under the title of my book Affairs Valentino. She said Ms. Hill was desperate to get back into Terhune's good graces because he was furious she told me about the exchange of those stolen Valentino court records between Ms. Jeanine Villalobos and collector Jim Craig for one of Valentino's shirt.

I knew Donna Hill way back when and for a while believed she was a supportive friend. How naive I was back then. I think the label of “hypocrite” can be applied to all of them because they publicly carry on as if they are interested in Valentino when they bash and lie about all of the ground-breaking work we have done.

They can project their own behavior on us all they wish but it does not change the reality that we are working hard, have worked hard and are very proud of all we have contributed. I would think they would distance themselves from someone the likes of David Bret, close obvious bullying blogs and get on board instead of making themselves look so wicked and small minded.

If you look up the word, “mendacious”, you will find the description of their actions. “Given to or characterized by deception, or falsehood or divergence from the absolute truth.”

It is revolting Terhune is still using that bully blog, and anyone else not wondering who “Mary O'Bannon is”? Maybe she should update her book list one of these days.

The Rudolph Valentino Case Files contains years of our research archive and we stand behind the content 100%.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

"Every Show One of Happiness"

When Love Grows Cold, as advertised by Bard's Theatre in Pasadena. (see below) Here Natacha Rambova gets a mention under her name along with her "Mrs. Rudolph Valentino". I am told this program is for sale on a French site. I think Bard's Theatre's motto is rather uplifting, "Every Show One of Happiness". Sounds inviting doesn't it?

I honestly believe Natacha was sincere in pursuing an acting career after Rudolph. She soon realized it would be impossible because she was forever branded as his ex-wife with all the accompanying slander. In the article titled, "Her Years as Valentino's Wife" written by Herbert Howe, Natacha addresses the situation a few years afterwards. 

"Natacha says, 'I've been called everything from Messalina to a dope-fiend.'
'Did you feel it much?' (Herb Howe asks her)
'I was tortured. I was tortured to agony,' she said. Her eyes met mine in an eloquence of silence."

I included the article in its entirety both in Beyond Valentino and in Astral Affairs Rambova because I consider it Natacha's final, candid and fascinating testimony on the marriage. 

Friday, January 14, 2022

"When Love Grows Cold", Distributors Exploit

While I was writing Astral Affairs Rambova, I learned Natacha Rambova was furious to be billed as "Mrs. Rudolph Valentino" in her acting debut in "When Love Grows Cold." She made the film in the weeks after she left Hollywood, during the most bitter days of her separation from Valentino. The film was originally called, "Do Clothes Make the Woman" and then changed just before distribution to "When Love Grows Cold". 

The movie had nothing to do with the status of her divorce from Rudolph, but distributors exploited her newsworthy divorce to such an infuriating degree, it ended Natacha's film aspirations. I did discover she appeared in one last movie with Valentino's cousin titled "Who Am I?"... and was proud to add that film to her filmography. I included an essay on that discovery with photos from the cousin, Cassio's, family archive. 

Simon Constable attempted to take credit for my Cassio, "Who Am I?" discovery by posting pages from Astral Affairs Rambova without crediting it to me. 

I always find it offensive when women are referred to by their husband's names, and in this case an ex-husband. It negates their identity. Evelyn Brent was given her name on the theater bill, etc. so why not Natacha Rambova? I think we know the answer. 

This would have been in March of 1926, and there are reports that Valentino's movies were very often shown before her movie. It did not bode well with the ex-Mrs. Valentino. (More on the theater through the link below the image.)