Friday, December 31, 2021

Ring in the New!

A bit of a squib to, “Ring out the old! Ring in the new!”... with commentary on Rudolph Valentino and Natacha Rambova obviously in the first days after their separation.

Natacha muses over keeping it all private. Good luck with that... while Rudy makes his gallivanting in her absence no secret. The journalist feigns disinterest implying divorce is an old and not so shocking development calling it all a "passing ripple". I hardly think so because their divorce is still a "hurricane of discussion". 

A Happy New Year wish from Renato and I and a great wish for 2022 to be a bit more merciful! Cin. Cin.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Paradise Lost

Ever since Michael Morris died in July of 2016, I have been drawn to images of St. Michael; the archangel with wings spread and foot on the devil's head. Of course this image would resonate with me, the image of the winged warrior silencing the devil's words. This, as I head into my 12th year I believe of trying to silence Tracy Terhune and David Bret's devil actions towards us.

Terhune has made many posts on that blog he runs under the title of my book, the book he is obsessed with ...many posts about Satan, Lakes of Fire, Holy Warriors, etc. (see below just one of years of Tracy Terhune's satanic images posted over the past decade to bully me on that defamatory blog he runs under my book's title) *Note Tracy Terhune's signature, "TRT" as the person who posted this for me. 

IMO Terhune has some fixation with me and the devil. And Bret with my death. Lovely couple aren't they?

So it is not so out of line for me to point out my being inspired by St. Michael. He is a sort of totem now in this battle for OUR TRUTH..

Oddly, Michael used to refer to Terhune and Bret as “Satan's angels” and “The Devil's Brigade”.

The twist in this is that Satan is not the enemy of God. Satan is St. Michael's opposite and enemy.

I think in all of the images of St. Michael, there is a message of victory over the devil angels. Or “fallen angels” I guess they are called. St. Michael is far in control of the situation. I take heart in that. More on St. Michael v. Satan and “The War in Heaven” here.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Another Rudy Photo Bombing!

Thank you to the eagle-eyed reader who sent in the previous Colombo "Rudy-Bomb". Yesterday they sent one more (see below) They wrote:

"I discovered another Rudy photobomb. I was watching the film, Cheaper by the Dozen, with Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy. In this scene, they are in their daughters' bedroom. And who should appear on the wall? And then it hit me how both Webb and Loy have connections to Valentino. Rudy took Webb's place dancing with Bonnie Glass. Loy was discovered by Rambova and had a part in What Price Beauty. It's funny I have seen this movie a few times before and never notice the photo of Rudy in the background."

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Modesty or Scars?

Michael Morris claimed Natacha Rambova covered her legs with long dresses and robes because she was self-conscious. He said her cousin Ann Wollen told him Natacha did not have thin legs and for this she did not follow the flapper trend of shorter hemlines.

But I always thought she was hiding the scarring from Theodore Kosloff's attack. Ann Wollen also said Natacha's leg was left severely scarred when Kosloff shot her in the leg with buck shot. It could be a little bit of both.

I also always believed Rudolph Valentino encouraged Natacha to dance professionally. How could he not? And I believe Kosloff got away with the crime and no doubt because Natacha never reported it.

In the photos of Rudolph and Natacha swimming in the falls in Palm Springs, (see below) which we included in The Rudolph Valentino Case Files...Natacha stands with her legs again obscured in the water.

Self-conscious of her legs? Scarred for life? And how obvious in this picture (see below) Rudolph's joy to be dancing with his lady.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

How It All Began

The lie that Alberto never received his “fortune” from his brother Rudolph's estate is so pervasive. I wonder why no one bothered to tally up the actual numbers of the advances and other monies he raked in and squandered. Was I actually the first to do that?

Maybe he thought generating pity would make him more attractive or appealing. And it is not so surprising we find little to nothing about this from sister Maria. This is because it was not true at all.

By today's exchange rates Alberto and Co. received over a half a million dollars which he obviously burned through immediately. I have itemized this in The Case Files.

But here we see a new mention, claiming Alberto was a “talkies extra” and a "part-time book-keeper" and that his “pennies” were being spent putting Jean through college to become a “surgeon”. What next? This excerpt from an article published in 1936, titled, “1926 – Valentino's Memory Fades – 1936”


David Bret Lies About Everything

Just an FYI... everything David Bret says, writes or believes is a lie. He is the biggest liar in the world today. He has always been a liar, always will be and his pride in his lying is rewarded by Tracy Ryan Terhune. I know that may be hard for some to believe but that is how it works. Liars and thieves work well together. 

I can not imagine how miserable their daily lives must be to be so angry and full of malicious thoughts as to spend so much time lying. It is painfully evident. David Bret's level of lying is impossibly high, so high he should be rotting in jail for the all the lies he has wrought on humanity. There is still time I guess for justice to be served. It will be.

Everything David Bret writes is a lie. 


I am sure he will soon begin his saddest of all pathetic routines... his very revealing end of the year wish list of people he hopes to die. Well he can rest assured we are doing very well thank you and intend to stay that way... at least until JUSTICE IS SERVED. 

And isn't he the actual Valentino widow after all... drowning in his lies about his great love, Rudolph? 

Happy holidays to you all. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

His Connections

The image below is from the Spanish fan magazine, Cine-Mundial and I do not have a date for it. The caption translated reads:

“Alberto Valentino, brother of the lamented Rudolph, who lives in Hollywood and who is photographed at his desk where he works translating books for 20th Century Fox.”

I guess brothers and sisters of celebrities try to get press... lest we recall Brother Billy Carter and his “Billy Beer”. In this regard I think Alberto takes the prize. I am not sure why anyone would ever have been interested in him at all then or now had it not been for his earnest efforts to promote himself.

I think he is a point of interest in the Valentino world today because he began the war like construct which is about as bad as it has every been these days. I have made no secret of my belief Alberto's trenchant disappointment at not being his brother lives today in the irrational fury at Ullman.

Controlling Alberto's bogus version of events still creates the war like dynamic. IMO because even those people invested in controlling it know they are wrong.

I wonder what Alberto was translating. When he arrived in the U.S., and until 1930, he could not speak English well at all. In his court testimony he claimed he did not know what the word, “satisfactory” meant. Who knows? Maybe he was translating Spanish to Italian. But it is not surprising he had such jobs because he had his connections at 20th Century and other studios because of Bill Self. 

Valentino Sightings

A reader sent along this image (see below). They were watching an episode of Colombo and guess who was photobombing the scene? Thank you for sharing this one!


Sunday, December 19, 2021

The Baying Villagers

The subject of Rudolph Valentino being abused as a child of fifteen by the women being abused in the Taranto brothels has been bandied back and forth. But at what age is a person an adult? Legally that varies in the U.S., from state to state... and many laws allow a fifteen year old to marry. In Maryland, Kansas and Hawaii you can marry at fifteen. Twenty-one other states set the age at sixteen.

I think the subject of Valentino's syphilis is a moral one and will depend on the person's own moral stand. I do not judge a fifteen-year-old Valentino for frequenting the brothels but find the subject of the abuse of him interesting.

The abuse inflicted on Valentino from the brothels was that he contracted an incurable disease which in a perfect world would never have been shared with anyone. How reputable was the health care of those abused women then?

But despite the question of this abuse of Valentino... absolutely nothing compares in my opinion to the abuse of Valentino today by his brother's family. As overlords of his public presence, they not only remain silent in the face of a completely false rewriting of their iconic ancestor's life story, they affiliate with the perpetrators.

The abuse of Valentino's truth is sickening. A teenage Rudolph being seduced by a brothel lady is nothing at all as far as abuse is concerned in comparison to what is happening to him now. Some people might say it does not matter, who cares? Well, I do.

Because its a moral question and I find what is going on wrong.

Imagine a day way back then when a fifteen-year old Valentino was walking into a Taranto brothel. Outside the brothel there is a small crowd of baying villagers yelling, “No, Rudolph, you're gay!”... you get my point. I see those who deny Valentino's true history as baying villagers tormenting him with their lies and greedy motivations.

Abused by prostitutes? I don't think so, the abuse of Valentino is happening right now and I guess anyone reading this blog can fill in the blanks as to who those torch wielding villagers are.  

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Renato Responds

"A kindly Good Samaritan forwarded to me the screenshot of two ridiculous tweets from David Bret in which he tries yet again to prove Valentino's homosexuality and this time with a set of letters sent by Rudolph Valentino to his friend Bruno Pozzan. 

Of those correspondences, sent to Bruno Pozzan, Bret presents two letters in particular, the first sent on 6/22/1910 and the second on 8/29/1910.

Please note that both letters were mailed, by Valentino to Bruno from Taranto, well before his infamous Parisian trip, so Bret's claim this has anything to do with Parisian male prostitution is to be discarded immediately.

The text of the letters is very clear and unequivocal as Valentino refers to his suffering from syphilis.

I quote the original text in Italian: “Ora sono a casa ammalato per una malattia presa da meretrici e sto soffrendo tanto, etc. etc.” and the correct English translation of this sentence is:

"Now I am at home sick from an illness taken by harlots and I am suffering a lot, etc. etc.".

It should be taken into account that in the Italian language there are two clearly identifiable genders and it is not possible to confuse male prostitution with female prostitution, certainly a limitation of the English language is that, often a semantically male or female term becomes neutral and therefore an easy victim of misunderstandings. Bret tries to use this semantic issue of translation to prove Valentino was gay and fails.

I advise David Bret to be careful about comments like those contained in his pathetic tweets and, if he can, check the sources well and refrain from spreading inaccurate news. Those letters to Bruno were written and posted from Taranto two years before Valentino's trip to Paris and Valentino clearly in Italian refers to female prostitutes.

It is not worth my time to even address the rash quotes Bret attributes to Damia who was in England in 1910. I say they are pure invention. Absolute lies."

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

On That "International Riot"

In 1948, Adolphe Menjou penned his autobiography, It Took Nine Tailors in which he included memories of working with Valentino in The Sheik. Menjou's political beliefs would relegate him to a precarious position in Hollywood history and more about that in his Wiki page.

But I always found Menjou's willingness to take out an option on Valentino after The Sheik an interesting footnote in Valentino's history. According to Menjou, Valentino was so insecure and anxious over his success in the film he confided in his co-star. This would be understandable if for one major point; this was after he made Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It just seems incongruous to me, as apparently it did to Menjou, that Valentino was not being recognized by movie moguls as the “sensation” and talented young star he was.

Granted an option of thirty days is not a long time. But Menjou was powerful enough he could have come up with a project for Valentino in that time frame. I wonder what movie Menjou would have made starring Valentino?

If Jesse Lasky had no future interest in promoting Valentino past The Sheik, how would Valentino's career have progressed? And when his next project might have been one produced by Adolphe Menjou? At what point did the controversy surrounding Valentino begin? Would that little option by Menjou have prevented Valentino from suffering Sheik madness?

From It Took Nine Tailors:

Menjou and his second wife, Kathryn Carver in 1928

Friday, December 10, 2021

Beltran-Masses "Recognized for His Genius"

A final word on Senor Beltran-Masses and his being recognized for his genius by King Alfonso the 13th of Spain. The King not only recognized Beltran-Masses, but the woman who brought him to America. This quizzical tale is excerpted from The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin, June 18, 1928.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Renown as a Master of Color

I learn something new and sad about Rudolph Valentino every day it seems. Today, it is the general and idiotic demeaning of Federico Beltran-Masses. Who in their right mind would question his iconic presence in the world of Deco art and history? Only those with no clue as to the actual fact of the matter would question the prolific genius of Beltran-Masses.

He was and is “renown as a master of color”... and “psychological portraiture”. The Stair Sainty Gallery houses many of his paintings (see below). I share a few links (below) to right the wrong apparently done by Leider and the Lemmings. And I remind them that anyone with a true discerning artistic eye and awareness quickly recognizes this man's ability. Rudolph Valentino recognized it also.

Now that I have expressed admiration for Masses, I am fairly sure “they” will come out and ensure he is vilified. But I dare to dream of ever owning one of his master oils. The surety of his hand, his academic prowess with the oils, the depth of his composition and profound ability with color can never be demeaned. Shame on them all for again demonstrating their lack of knowledge in this. Learning that Leider and the lemmings dashed Mr. Beltran-Masses was not surprising yet I felt I had to defend. Enjoy some true artistic genius here:

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

"Valentino's Wraith in the Background..."

From the Chicago Tribune, September 30, 1930, (see below); Beltran-Masses attempting to collect for his work which he claims was commissioned by Pola Negri. Collections seemed to have played a major role in Valentino's after-life. Natacha sued Mae Murray for bangles and clothing she ordered from her New York dress shop, Alberto was frantically attempting to collect here there and everywhere, Pola was attempting to collect money from Alberto and here Beltran-Masses appears to be doing his own collecting. 

It is not so surprising Pola Negri would try and stiff Masses and I wonder if he ever collected the full amount.  


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Tiny Animal Factor

I never believed Natacha was a cold and unfeeling woman as her haters claim. How many images of her are there where she is cuddling a tiny animal? I found this hard to reconcile with the hater image. I found this iconic image to be better quality than many others and nice to see more of the surroundings. Natacha and Zela. 

Monday, December 6, 2021

More From Mr. Throw the Stone and Hide the Hand

Despite Tracy Ryan Terhune's pride in showing off more of his Valentino collection, he fails to show off with an equal amount of pride... his disgusting attacks on me and my dear husband Renato. He hides these attacks and outright bullying of us obviously because he knows it is cruel, mean, hideous behavior and something to hide.

It sickens me he has a single shred of paper that has anything to do with Valentino when he censors the documented truth about the entire subject of Valentino and this has been proven so many times. It is a gross display by a man imo who does not give a rat's behind about Valentino but has exploited the subject to bolster his “fame” as a collector. Just because you own something that once belonged to Valentino does not make you an expert or in the slightest way knowledgeable.

While he preens with his displays of ego disguised as god knows what... behind his attempts to sell his glossy image... he calls Renato, “The man who wears a dress”, finds it hilarious to count downs to our death, “tick tock tick tock”, says “no one will miss them when they are gone”, mocks Renato calling him endless names like “child star 72” and posts a toilet as his office... calling me every name from Madwoman to forger while saying I write, “fan fiction”.... who is he kidding? Proof of this? I have posted plenty in many previous posts.

Running a secret blog under my book's title now for almost ten years where he has in the past fancied himself a “holy warrior” and hosted the likes of David Bret allowing him to violate a court order posting filthy lies about us. And yes you will not find links on Mad About the Boy and We Never Forget... Terhune's domain... no links to his Affairs Valentino blog. For this, Renato has always called him, “Mr. Throw the Stone and Hide the Hand”.

It is one of the greatest miscarriages of justice that he owns anything of Valentino and all of his collection, no matter who rightfully owns it...belongs in a public, legitimate archive available to researchers and PROTECTED from people like Tracy Terhune. He censors the story to fit his ego demands and false narrative about Valentino and in this way corrupts Valentino's truth.

I can not believe people do not scratch the surface and see the cruelty he heaps on us and the bully behavior which never ends with him. I intend to show the Valentino world those stones he hides... and it will be an interesting development.

Terhune's “sharing” the letter to Jean is to me a travesty because he hoards the historical documents, censors and bans our research and prevents the truth from being told.

What is my impression of an act of display like that? IMO it is just more of the self-serving and disreputable behavior of Mr. Hide the Hand and Throw the Stone.

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

Saturday, November 20, 2021

He Did Want That

It is ever so intriguing to read the comments here and realize the many disparate insights into the life of Rudolph Valentino. There is so much information out there about him and plenty to digest. For me the point of greatest importance in the saga of this man, is the blight which has been inflicted on his legacy by liars, thieves and cultists. 

If that is my role, to rid his legacy of these people, then so be it. I do all I can. I was fortunate enough to have had the back story of that seedy world handed to me by Bill Self. I think he wanted to be part of the Valentino story. Maybe not in this way but he did want that. 

If Jeanine Villalobos had not forced him to send me packing, he would have told me everything. But I learned enough. 

Rudolph Valentino's legacy is held hostage by greed and ego. I saw the situation and wrote about it and for this I paid and continue paying. 

Renato and I are not weaklings and Terhune, Bret, Constable, Gribbin, Hill... they should not underestimate our stamina in this.

We may be old, but we are wise. Contrary to the pathetic machinations of Terhune in claiming I was never even in Self's home, I say I sure was and he knows it. The story just came tumbling out and will continue to do so.

So much more to come. 

Thanks for the comments and insight. Brilliant!

"Ring of Death" or Just a Good Story?

I am not so convinced of this famous legend of the "Curse of the Ring" but wonder about that "Museum of Valentino relics"? What happened to that? Maybe they were referring to Bill Self's home. From The Pittsburgh Press on March 24, 1962. 

Friday, November 19, 2021

The Valentino & Marilyn Monroe Connection

Although the consensus in the comments on a previous post seems to be that Rudolph Valentino would have had nothing to do romantically with Marilyn Monroe, a connection does exist between the two. In Affairs Valentino I wrote about Joseph Schenck's stint in prison and his presidential pardon. But it was Schenck who, after his pardon, promoted Marilyn and gave her the first breaks in film. It is still rumored they were lovers.

Schenck and his United Artists, produced Valentino's finest films, The Eagle, The Son of the Sheik. Schenck certainly did not discover Valentino but he elevated his films, imo to a higher degree and also made him a very wealthy man. The story of George Ullman v. Joe Schenck after Valentino's death is a gripping one which I also covered and analyzed in Affairs Valentino.

Schenck was said to have also discovered Marlon Brando and there is no doubt his long history in Hollywood connected some of the greatest stars; including Valentino.

And in the “what if” musing/discussion, I think Valentino might have been interested in Marilyn because she was such a huge star. If only for a fling. But the powerful Mr. Schenck played a major role in both Valentino and Monroe's life. Monroe and Schenck as a couple... oh dear I think not. (see below)

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Valentino, The Noble Victor

It looks like Valentino began production on a movie in Spain titled, The Great Captain, based on the life of the Spanish General, Gonzolo Hernandez De Cordova, known in Spanish history as “El Grand Capitan”. Cordova fought in the Conquest of Granada and the Italian Wars and was the first military leader to use hand guns in battle. As excerpted from Variety, October 1925.

Of course in 1925, Rudolph Valentino felt very alive and was not thinking about his death or even old age. He was then vital and rich with prospective projects.

His interest in filming in Europe is well-known but this production does not appear to have been pursued much further than his gaining permission of King Alfonso. I can not imagine the King saying no to Rudolph Valentino in 1925.

How poignant though imo that Valentino dreamed of playing a heroic soldier, the noble victor, swashbuckling and colorful historical characters. In light of the conversation in the comments on my last post, I find it all the more tragic this man of heroic intent should be so demeaned and debased by lunatics with mental disorders. There is nothing so honorable in that for the young man who was cut down in the prime of his incredible youth and just while beginning production on a film about The Great Captain.

His movie Cellini was barely underway when he died and I wrote in Affairs Valentino how the logistics of that film were resolved by Ullman after Valentino's death. The 15th and 16th century held its allure for Valentino and maybe he should not be slung hither and thither between the sick and selfish fantasies of the cultists.

The Spanish General, Gonzolo Hernandez De Cordova's memoirs were published in 1851, and more can be found about this character Valentino hoped to play here:

Artist's interpretation of Spanish General Cordova

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Under the Hollywood Sign

For the past few days we have been without internet. It was an interesting situation and one which inspired some thoughts on the subject of one Rudolph Valentino. The true advent of the ruin of Valentino's truth began with the internet. I watched it happen.

Those early chat rooms where people began to jockey for power over the subject of Valentino's life, the drama between those who rejected the hoax that Valentino was a closeted homosexual and those who had a heavy agenda to push saying he was. I have some transcripts of early Valentino chat rooms where this is the one hot topic. Amazing how it still is.

There were silent film groups then which I never joined. It was all too antagonistic for me. Just as the internet took off on social media, I began writing Affairs Valentino. I had many secrets to keep and as hard as it is to believe, Tracy Terhune was already at my throat with statements about Ullman et al.

Way back when; when social media was in diapers, I began to get the picture of how Valentino was playing out online and it was not so pretty. Nasty people were pretending to be in charge and throwing their weight around on their various groups. Not much has changed.

Michael Morris once declared that with Affairs Valentino, “their hegemony was over”. I actually think it is over. Not so many informed people respect what is going on with those throwing their weight around.

A few days without social media? To contemplate Rudolph Valentino and think about the hijacking of his legacy? The story was told in Affairs Valentino, Hollywood's tale of the Great Lover, the Sheik who, for a little while, enjoyed the lights of Los Angeles below his Falcon Lair.

Could he have ever imagined the travesty? The contorted usurping of his mighty story?

I would hope such an awful thing never crossed his mind.

Glad to be back online though. Very much so.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Thoughts on the Guglielmis by Renato Floris

It appears that a well-known Valentino fiction writer is claiming he has uncovered a new relative of Rudolph Valentino. He presents no other proof than the surname, Guglielmi. I would say this about that.

The "Guglielmi" he refers to is a gentleman whose father was a bass player in the orchestra of the very famous Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini.

I'm talking about Louis Guglielmi better known by his stage name of Louiguy, a nice combination of Louis and Guglielmi, even if, in some cases, he used the pseudonym Roger Luiguy.

He was born in Barcelona but since he was seven years old, he lived in Paris were he became a talented musician. He became the accompanying pianist of Édith Piaf and composed the music of songs which soon became popular hits, including Le Vagabond (words by Édith Piaf, 1941), Ça Sent si Bon la France (1942), Marjolaine (1944), La Danseuse est Créole (1946), Mademoiselle Hortensia (1946), La Vie en Rose (on a musical theme by Marguerite Monnot and words by Édith Piaf, 1947), Le destin s'amuse (1947), Cerisier Rose et Pommier Blanc (1950), before turning to film music, in particular with Sacha Guitry.

But again there is no proof presented Louiguy has any remote relationship to Valentino.

In Italy there are about 2,836 family units with the family name of Guglielmi, distributed as follows: the Guglielmis are widespread in northern Italy (49%), then in the south and islands (27.4%) and in central Italy (23.6%).

Of the Guglielmis of northern Italy, I know Chicca Guglielmi who is certainly a relative of Valentino, albeit distant. This is proven by Valentino's sister Maria Guglielmi Strada who declared, on the occasion of her trip from Genoa to New York, between 12 and 22 January 1927, that her contact in Italy was none other than Chicca's grandfather, Guglielmo Guglielmi, at the time residing in Turin in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.

Maria names Guglielmo Guglielmi as her uncle. Yet Guglielmo Guglielmi was not a brother of Giovanni, Maria's father. But at the time it was customary, especially in southern Italy, to give the appellation “uncle” to older second or even third degree cousins. Therefore, Maria calling Chicca's grandfather, “uncle” is not out of place.

Another detail relating to the Turin Guglielmis, can be found in a letter Valentino sent to his friend Bruno Pozzan in February 1911. He tells of having spent the Christmas holidays of 1910 in Turin, he does not say who he spent them with, although it is almost certain that he was a guest of the Turin Guglielmis.

Christmas is a sacred feast for young Italians and, above all, a feast to be spent with the family. In Italy it is customary to say: Christmas with your parents and Easter with whoever you want.

Rodolfo, at the time, was attending agriculture school in Sant'Ilario Ligure, a suburb of Genoa and it was certainly much easier for him to get on a train from Genoa to Turin for a journey of about two hours than to spend a dozen hours in uncomfortable train cars to reach Taranto.

I have other friends with the surname Guglielmi, such as Augusto Guglielmi, a.k.a. Marco Guglielmi, a good actor who was my mentor during the years I lived in Rome to attend the Academy of Dramatic Art; no relation to Valentino. 

Having the name Guglielmi does not automatically make someone a relative of Rudolph Guglielmi Valentino. And the name seemed to be one the family, Alberto, could not not get rid of soon enough. I suggest to the fiction writer that he present some proof before making his claims. 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Really Surprised

Every once in a while in this twenty-year Valentino saga, I have been thrilled to feel a little smart ass. Sorry for a moment of gloating, but once upon a time Bill Self brought out the picture below to ask me if I knew who the man was with Natacha Rambova and Teresa Werner.

I was surprised he did not know. Really surprised. "Bill... that is Manuel Reachi," I told him. He asked, "Who?" The man who owned it all, knew them all and made it his point to think he knew all... did not know who Manuel Reachi was. 

Well one moment for me I guess, but I found Mr. Reachi an interesting character and wrote about him and his bid to unseat Ullman as Valentino's manager in Affairs Valentino. Not a nice guy really as far as Agnes Ayres was concerned. But he assumed some fictional role when Bret launched his, "every man in Valentino's life was a secret gay lover" hoax. 

Reachi was a playboy, a womanizer and an extravagant hanger-on I allege. Maybe you all know more you can share on this. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

A Notice

A notice regarding David Bret as I know he is reading this blog: No matter how many comments he fires at me, I will not open them. I remind him that he is not to contact me in a manner where I am forced to receive and read it. (see below) I have several other legal orders forbidding his constant harassment; including the verdict which was handed down in my favor in the Court of Asti. See