Saturday, December 4, 2021

All Things Considered

It has been obvious since my first peep in the “World of Valentino” some time around 2003, that a target was slapped on my book, my back and then on my dear husband Renato. My point being that if I proved someone was a hero in Valentino's story, such as George Ullman, Natacha Rambova, Frank Mennillo...those targeting the bulls-eyes would make them all villains. And conversely they did and still do the same with those people in Valentino's life we proved to be actual villains... “they” made them instant heroes such as Mahoney, Alberto, etc. For them it is not about expanding Valentino's history in an honest way, or contributing to a documented body of knowledge, it is about destroying Affairs Valentino, me, Renato and all our books for that matter.

I am pleased to read the recent comments here regarding Tracy Terhune and Lou Mahoney specifically. This is a perfect case in point. And his attempt to provide any other vantage on Natacha Rambova is more than a tad hypocritical imo as one of his oft repeated party lines is that she was, “the worst thing that ever happened to Valentino.” Fact is... she was the very best thing that ever happened to him.

Thank you to a reader who sent me this photo of the lovely lady (see below) where she is with Zela and wearing her wedding dress. An interesting piece to date all things concerning. What do you all think?

Friday, December 3, 2021

Rudolph Valentino, The Handyman & More

Well no biographer of Valentino mentioned Lou Mahoney until Lou mentioned himself. Natacha, George, no one felt his role as cranky handyman enough to merit a single comment. He was not Valentino's "trusted confidant" as Tracy Ryan Terhune alleges... how idiotic. He was the handyman along with his brother Charles. Lou was paid a whopping $40.00 a week and when he was found by Jack Scagnetti, oh brother he got grand. Then, there was the "rest" of the story which was oh so well documented. Sorry Tracy Terhune, but the person writing the "fan fiction" would be you. 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Alberto Launched the Ruin

It is not that Valentino is fictionalized so brutally....endless lies told about almost every aspect of his life. It is that for all of that fiction to be remotely true, everyone would have had to be lying about everything. 

It is a ludicrous assumption to make... claiming everyone over the years conspired to lie and that all those things "they" claim were Valentino's truth were collectively obscured for decades on end. In all the years I spent on the subject of Valentino, I only exposed one tremendously consistent liar and that was Alberto.

He rolled that fiction out with confidence, knowing no one would dare contradict the word of Valentino's only brother. Even today if you contradict the family party line, you are banished to the hinterlands and forever.

Like patriotic soldiers marching in lock step, that party line is upheld. Sickening isn't it that such a thing could evolve around a movie star?

That someone who lived so long ago has become a flash point, a line in the sand as far as the fictionalization of a life goes. Enough already. Under the Hollywood sign, sirens wail, cars, cars everywhere, a city never sleeps...unaware those who guard that front line where Mr. Valentino is concerned are mean, lying sons of bitches.

Life is too damn short for ego wars. Our books are our armor, our line in the sand. The only person who lied was Alberto. He began the ruin of his brother's truth. If he were here today would he object? How far would he go today to defend his lies?

Under the Hollywood sign, the moment waits to become truth forever. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Musing

Well there has been some exchange here about what I knew and when. I will be the first to admit I have learned a great deal since I first published Affairs Valentino. And some things are about to be corrected, some additions made.

I stand by the story as I uncovered it and sent it out as Affairs Valentino in 2011 amidst a horror of abuse online. I did not then realize the gravity of Valentino's suffering from syphilis, and did not know a few more key things which I am about to change.

I am excited about the new projects which are finding their way to completion. And we are working hard. Soon come.

And no I did not exactly piece together the drastic consequences of Valentino suffering from syphilis. When Renato was saying that is how he died, for a while I disputed him. I see it now and many clues were certainly left.

I was also skeptical about the love child theory. Renato was not. I think it is an Italian trait to be convinced. They are not a timid people in general and his confidence is inspiring and challenging.

Valentino's story certainly took a new direction and the tired old studio-generated version has run its course. The new truth about Valentino is running free and unimpeded and his true story imo is more amazing than it ever has been. No longer a mannequin vulnerable to any hack's fictional take...talking to you Tracy Terhune, Simon Constable, David Spurr Bret, Eleanor Gribbin, Donna Hill.... as you carry on doing your best to keep that mannequin alive.

Monday, November 29, 2021

A Theory From a Reader

I received the following message and images from a reader... I thought it could be shared here for insight. I did receive permission to post the message here:

“...I got curious again about that recessed area on the right side of Rudy's nose. It's the area that I mentioned to you that is noticeable in the death photos and also on the artist's drawing on the cover of your book. I wanted to share this interesting stuff I learned about the effects of syphilis on nose cartilage. I wonder if he was already in the third stage of syphilis since the blindness was already present in his eye when he began his acting career. I also wonder if he was made sterile from it. I wonder if he ever did get Natacha pregnant. Maybe he was sterile and those rumored pregnancies were from another man that she was having an affair with? I know that seems kind of far fetched, but is it really? If so, that would be enough to make a spouse want a divorce right away. Maybe he wasn't the one who impregnated her?

On page 213 of Ullman's book he says 'One day he surprised me by asking for a mirror. I was loath to humor him, as his illness had left marks upon his face I did not wish him to see.'

Who knows how long the disease would take to completely ravage his beautiful face. What if he had lived long enough for that to happen to him but not in time for a cure? I don't know if all sufferers of the disease eventually lose their nose or become horrifically scarred over time. Probably not. King Henry VIII had syphilis and he only lived long enough to lose his mind instead of his nose. What an absolutely horrific illness. 

I found some modern photos of someone with syphilis scarring of the nasal cartilage that look very much like the area on Rudy's nose. I didn't know this, but people with advanced syphilis could lose their nose completely. 

'Does syphilis destroy the nose?

Syphilis and leprosy are bacterial infections that can have many health implications, including lesions and ulcers that attack the cartilage in the nose. If left untreated, these infections could cause permanent damage to the nose, resulting in a saddle nose deformity.'....”

Images included:

(Image from medical journal)

Saturday, November 27, 2021

The Heavy

In theatre jargon, the “Heavy” is the character that provides the most conflict in the story. The heavy is the antagonist that creates obstacles for the protagonist to overcome. ... The Heavy is a big role for an actor, sometimes the biggest role in the work, eclipsing even the main character.”

In January of 1921, Rudolph Valentino was classified as a “heavy” by Famous Players Lasky' Corporation's “Engagement Department”. Granted that is exactly what he was at that time with most of his roles being antagonistic. But I also wonder how much anti-Italian racism went into that classification. Were Italians just perceived as “providing conflict” because they were dark-skinned, Catholic, perceived as “agents of the pope”, foreigners arriving to take jobs away from Americans, etc.

Valentino was certainly victimized by anti-Italian sentiment but as I mentioned in Affairs Valentino, I think he redeemed every villainous role with his natural demeanor and elegance. No matter how hard they tried to cast him as the “heavy”, he did eclipse the main characters with something more than conflict. Obviously.

Did he not become the “heavy” by this definition in his own life and legacy by providing unending conflict? Although he did not personally instigate the furor today in his name, that arrow to the word “Heavies” can apply.

I call racism on this one because if he was pale skinned, let's say of English origin, he would be classified as the prototype of chivalry, classic nobility, gentleman etc. Did the dark skin and eyes and the entrenched xenophobia v. Italians at the time restrict him to this stereotype?

Natacha Rambova managed to break that pattern for her husband and anyone who says differently should go back and read the facts. She elevated him above this “heavies” stereotype and paid a very high price for doing so.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Not Buying A Word of It

I mentioned in a previous post, how I do not enjoy fiction about real people. I never thought about such a thing until I wrote Affairs Valentino, but I feel strongly about it now. If ever there was a perfect example of how fictional treatments of a person's life can utterly destroy them imo it would be Rudolph Valentino. The fiction is never perceived by the majority as fiction, because it is delivered with such authority, hence the truth is poisoned by fantasy and lies.

The risk to a legacy's truth is not just the corruption of the content, but because each contribution becomes a sort of “license to kill” as it were. If one person can pass off outrageous claims as fact with no critical fact-checking/backlash at all, then anyone can.

The bullying being done under this guise in the “Valentino upside down world” has deterred so many people from pursuing an interest in Valentino. I know this for a fact. It is, for too many, as if they walked into a restaurant hoping for a delicious meal to smell rotten fish. They leave. Many not only leave their social media groups but the entire subject of Valentino.

I do not enjoy reading fiction about real people and I am sure I never will. And “their” Valentino is a load of fantasy and fiction, being preached as gospel to unsuspecting people interested in Valentino. They are ONLY allowed to carry on in this way because they delete, ruin and banish anyone who questions the veracity of their insane claims. The administrators of those corrupt groups act as tyrannical censors and not as intelligent people overseeing legitimate debate.

Rudolph Valentino did have sex with female prostitutes in Taranto as a teen-ager, this affected his vision and caused blindness in his one eye, he fathered a love child, had many beautiful lovers who were women, aggressively managed his own business, hired brilliant people to work for him, such as George Ullman, married Natacha because they were in love and made love, was loved and cared for by his godfather Frank and came to the U.S. In 1913, welcomed and wealthy. One would think any of these topics would generate a lively conversation but these topics (and our names) are not allowed a peep on the two cult Facebook groups, Madness About the Boy and We Never Forget to Stop Bullying.

I think Simon Constable's promise to vanish is just social media drama. If he can not generate enough focus on himself with breaking news about Natacha's father's spelling of his surname... he can always threatened to leave forever. Who would believe that from someone whose word is so corrupt that he posted the Cassio research we did as his own? Not buying a word of it.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

False Pretenses

Isnt' it amazing that Simon Constable will come out boasting how he discovered that Rambova's natural father used the name O'Shaugnessy with an “O” while Natacha did not. This was breaking news he had to share in a flurry of documents. Now not new information at all... but how very odd and “amazing” that this would be tremendously exciting and new material for him to share... as if he cared about new information about Rambova...for god's sake he bans all of the Rambova discoveries I have made.

He once attempted to take credit for my discovery of the Cassio relationship with Rambova. I stopped that nonsense. But he not only has tried to take credit for my discoveries, he forbids any mention of my new discoveries about the woman and this while rolling out the, “O” in the Dad's name as hot stuff.

If he was genuinely interested in sharing new material about Natacha Rambova, he would be wildly eager to share all I found. He is not and bans even the mention of my name.

False pretenses I say. If Simon Constable was really into sharing new information about Rambova he would not be banning it all as hard and fast as he can. What is up with that?

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

This One

I am aware some people are tired of hearing about Tracy Terhune, David Bret, Simon Constable, Eleanor Gribbin, Donna Hill, Jeanine Villalobos, et al. But this is not a past history situation for us. These people continue every single day to prevent the broad population of people world-wide who go on Facebook and elsewhere to enjoy Rudolph Valentino, from either knowing a thing about our work or much, much worse. In many instances these people go out of their way to broadcast how we are liars, frauds and all else.

I will not apologize for the stand we take here on this blog, for my content. This is what it is. Odd how I hear how tired people are about hearing about it... but why not contact the perpetrators to register the complaint and not the victims?

I try to post new and interesting things here but the main purpose of this blog is to expose those awful people who bully us mercilessly and impede our right to do a fair business. I will not be bullied into silence.

For us to turn and walk away would be to throw all our work over the many years into an enforced oblivion. There are many places to frequent to enjoy Valentino. But this blog stands as the one place where their evil empire is exposed; where we defend ourselves.

I wish there were fifty blogs and Facebook pages devoted to exposing them all... but there is one. This one.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Money for Mr. Balch

Was Rudolph Valentino investing heavily in the first air service planned between Los Angeles and Mexico? Was he part of a syndicate formed to create the new venture? I think he was.

In the accounting ledgers which I recovered/discovered from George Ullman's Appeals Court Records, a "Lee C. Balch" was being paid what then amounted to an enormous amount of money in July and August of 1926. Within a year and a half,  Lee C. Balch's "Latin American Air Transport Company" was in the news when they collaborated with Pickwick Latin American Airways and expanded service to Central America. 

Was this one of the investments Natacha wrote about? She alleged Rudy was taken advantage of by investors and she acted as a front line protecting him in this because she felt he was unable to say no. Maybe this was a solid venture and a profitable investment or would have been had Valentino lived. 

Below I share a few pages from the Falcon Lair ledgers to see the payments made to Mr. Balch and his Latin American Airways Transport. And remember that the exchange rate for those amounts is times 15 today. 

Arizona Daily Star, November 30, 1928