Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Logic Dictates

Mercifully my dear husband reads the “bastards” as he calls them. I say mercifully because for years he has so nobly protected me from the brunt of their horror by reading it, capturing it, archiving those screenshots and then processing the rage. Being Italian that is a struggle. Italians are not famous for their emotional control. They get riled up and they will let you know.

When he felt or feels I need to know something he tells me, but he bears the sorrow and anguish so much of the time silently, day after day without a word to me. Sometimes he will mutter in Italian, sometimes be blown away at the stupidity. But it is never good and today reading that shit Terhune wrote about my heroic husband made me furious.

What a total jerk to mock Renato. He should beg to have five minutes with a man as great, as brilliant and as entertaining as Renato. Renato's life stories are epic and his own history astounding. He has traveled the world, known so many incredible people and cared so tenderly for his disabled brother and mother after his father died.

To have this sniveling, sneering, arrogant POS Tracy Terhune call him demeaning names? I do not think so. That really pissed me off.

And what does this have to do with Rudolph Valentino? Everything. Absolutely everything.

Free Valentino from the tyranny of Terhune.


About Disputes - A Comment From Renato Floris

The thing that saddens me most is that Evelyn and I find ourselves the victims of unprecedented censorship. 

Disputes among civilized people, endowed with sincere intellectual honesty, can always be settled, the parties explain their positions, documenting their validity and then, seriously and honestly, the conclusions are drawn.

But this does not happen to us as our mouths are gagged, well before a word can be uttered. All this is proof that what we claim is indisputable reality.

I express my utmost disgust at how Rudolph Valentino is exploited especially in asking Ms. Donna Hill courteously some time ago why none of our books were included in her great bibliography.

Instead of replying to me directly, Ms. Donna Hill passed the ball to Tracy Ryan Terhune who bullied me in the blog he stole from Evelyn.

This is the exact text of my communication with Ms. Donna Hill on 6 - 7 -18:

“Good morning Ms. Hill,

I visited your very well done and accurate site, but in the list regarding the books about or related to Rudolph Valentino I can't see the different titles I have had the honor to publish.

I talk about Day Dreams with the introduction by Evelyn Zumaya, Affairs Valentino A Special Edition, Affairs Valentino Companion Guide, The S. George Ullman Memoir, L'Affare Valentino (Italian Edition) all by Evelyn Zumaya Also missing the books by Mr. Aurelio Miccoli, The Infancy of the Myth and its Italian version L'Infanzia del Mito.

Last but not least the book BEYOND VALENTINO: A MADAM VALENTINO ADDENDUM by Michael Morris and Evelyn Zumaya. I saw in your list the books by my friends Leo Pantaleo and Chicca Guglielmi Morone why not the books I publish?

I really don't understand the profuse hate against Evelyn Zumaya, could you please help me to know why? I'm sure as Michael told me a lot about how serious you are that you'll fix this problem and that you are not participating in the hate campaign against Ms. Zumaya and, it looks, boycott of my books! Waiting to read from you I send my best regards.

Renato Floris”

The answer came on 6-15-18, not by Ms. Donna Hill's pen but by Tracy Ryan Terhune's who wrote publicly on the blog which belonged to Evelyn, the following (I excerpt the post under Fair Use guidelines):

“Last week Child Star Floris flung a terse e-mail to a newly revamped Valentino website. On the site there is a wonderfully compiled list of recommended books on Rudolph Valentino. And books by Evelyn Zumaya & party were not on the list. The webmaster indicated that the list was not all inclusive. That did nothing to deter Child Star Floris who now forgoes acting for publishing his wife's books. He wrote in a moment of clarity that "I can 't see different titles I have the honor to publish" about Rudolph Valentino. Then he name drops Michael Morris and shifts focus by begging "that you'll fix this problem and that you are not participating to the hate campaign against Ms. Zumaya and, it looks, boycott of my books!" Face it, you're not on the list. No one's boycotting you. I don't see you putting other peoples books up on your website.”

I would tell Tracy Terhune that we do not compile nor include such an all encompassing Valentino bibliography on our websites. The sites are dedicated solely to our production of books.

I wonder how people who behave in this way, who mock, name-call and demean, can genuinely represent the memory of Rudolph Valentino and how such characters are allowed to celebrate his memory. 

Hardly Controversial

I respond to a comment left about the “controversy” and a reader's comments about Donna Hill's book. I have never criticized her book or the quality of the work (I questioned why it was being promoted by someone like David Bret) but I feel personally that the quality is tarnished for me because of her aggressive involvement with Tracy Terhune and his “Campaign to Ruin Evelyn”. This has been confirmed in many ways and documented and I feel it is a reasonable reaction all things considered. In regards to seeing this as a “controversy” I say the following.

Controversy is defined as “debate, dissension, dispute, disagreement and a discussion marked by the expression of opposing views”. Donna Hill administrates a large Facebook group on Valentino, We Never Forget which forbids any discussion of or mention of us or our books. There has been no possibility of our discussing a thing or being “controversial” because that is not allowed by Donna Hill and Tracy Terhune. Where we are concerned there is no expressing of any opposing views because we are not allowed the tiniest moment to do so. Recently someone cited Affairs Valentino on their group and the entire thread vanished.

This is not controversy but bullying, with the definition of bullying being “tormenting, tyrannizing and brow beating... seeking to harm, intimidate”... this is a much more accurate description of what goes on than controversy.

How many mornings we wake (and woke over the past decade!) to my utter despair and tears to find the fresh lies, the furious hell laid out for us on the killing blogs of Terhune and Bret, the vicious and complete lies about our lives and work... the menacing countdowns to our deaths... and with the silent support of Donna Hill and yes it hurts when occasionally material which was told to Donna Hill has contributed to their morning attacks.

I agree with the comment left that this behavior in no way benefits the legacy of  the "endearing" Rudolph. How can they feign even the meekest sincere interest in Valentino when they oppress, suppress new documentation we share and torment us by trashing our books with lies even before they have a moment of life? This is not controversy but a whole lot of bullying.

We were canceled by Hill and Terhune and Bret long before that phrase had much relevance. And it does not feel so good to know they will be doing so with our next books too.... books we have worked diligently on for a long time.... books we are very proud to share.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

"A Formidable Harmony"

In a previous post I mused whether all of this was a “blessing or a curse”? I am going with blessing. It is not as if we are beaten down, sad, weak and miserable...hardly. That we are not. More like we are upbeat, happy, strong and content.... We have so much to be grateful for.

The blessings in documents that seem to find us, the epic stories which knock on our door and all those mysteries yet to be solved.

In the Foreword of our new book, Renato referred to our “formidable harmony”. He could not have said it better. So I am going with “blessing”.

This is not to say the stakes are not high and we will continue to defend ourselves fiercely from the liars and thieves. If it takes a lawsuit or two more to shut that noise down from the book burners so it shall be. We sued Kim Edelman for defamation and won handily.

It is a spicy tale we are spinning and this one might burn a little hot here and there. We will not shy away at this point. We have come too far.

Thank you for all the comments...and the sass.

     #sacredplaces


Monday, June 21, 2021

A Long Way From Hollywood

A few more of the images from the trip to Castellaneta. Taranto in the distance. 





That is the Question

Someone would have come along sooner or later to open this Valentino's Pandora's box. (The definition of “Pandora's Box” being a “present which seems valuable but which is actually a curse”)

It was not that they left a little pirates map with footsteps telling me where to go and a big X over the spot. But they were very sloppy in their subterfuge and left a trail of clues because of that. It took a while but it was not so hard to piece those clues together.

I had this plan long ago when Affairs Valentino was finally in print... to inscribe a copy to Bill Self and go to his home with it. I planned to hand it to him personally and say, “There's no such thing as the perfect crime, Bill.”

So very much was hidden long before Bill Self arrived to bankroll the further hiding of it all. And boy they crammed that box full didn't they? (Or should I say crates from Ullman's garage?) It would have taken seasoned criminals to pull off what they all tried to do. But realistically how long did they think they could sell the world that cardboard cutout version of Valentino and bury the man with their suffocating fiction? How long could they have hidden the truth? Someone would have come along sooner or later.

….”Pandora's Box”? Or “Pandora's” typewriter? Blessing or Curse, that is the question. 




Sunday, June 20, 2021

Makes Me Wonder

What a towering endorsement from David Bret we find today for Donna Hill's book of photos. Is this a genuine endorsement or a slap in the face? Makes me wonder in light of the past history of these two.

Outwardly Donna Hill has shunned David Bret, not including his “books” on her Valentino publications list. (She is also shunning all of our books) Donna Hill has many times in the past spoken very poorly about Bret and I never once in my experience found her to praise Bret or even act his friend publicly.

Perhaps collector Donna Hill attempted to censor Bret in some way... perhaps his character Kim Edelman needed chastising behind the scenes... as Donna Hill allows him to roam her Facebook Group “We Never Forget” as Kim Edelman. Bret allows Tracy Terhune to censor his posts but a woman? Based on my experience.... I would say he would react very poorly to a woman's censoring.

Because in Bret's misogynistic world, unless women are fawning over him such as the mythical Marlene D., woman are to be scorned, mocked, called hags, cunts, their bodies picked apart and verbally violated, they are demeaned and traumatized. (Anyone doubting that please send me a note and I will forward thousands of screenshots as evidence.)

I wonder if that ad for collector Donna Hill's book is a slap because I can not believe she would be so happy to have Bret inspiring things like this nor implying in the slightest publicly they are a thing. It is overt.

Cindy Martin dutifully explained to Renato, in writing, how collector Donna Hill runs We Never Forget and went on to share further details of Hill's arrangements with Terhune and Bret. Perhaps now it is too late for Donna Hill as far as Bret is concerned and he will soon relegate her to his chilling arena of hate where she will become one of his “Valentino Widows”. Whatever the hell that means anyway. 

Kim Edelman is David Bret. David Bret is shilling Hill's book and I guess we must take this for what it appears to be; a sign of her true friendship and partnership with the monster. 

Renato once wrote a businesslike query to Donna Hill asking why she openly shunned all of our books. He received her offensive reply which did not come from her. She passed his query on, and instantly I might add... to Tracy Terhune and David Bret so they could rip into Renato on that bully blog they run. Hill did not give Renato the courtesy of a reply and instead seized the opportunity to feed Terhune and Bret.

Collectors and their dog or just kookie rabble?


Saturday, June 19, 2021

Rambova's Estate

One more volley of truth:

The lie that Natacha Rambova was after Valentino for his money and that she was a grasping, greedy personality because she wanted his money is just that. A lie. 

I am honored to have been granted legal custody of Michael Morris' archive... or what is left of it after the Alberto Valentino family spokesperson ravaging. I share a page from those  remaining notes they left behind and in his handwriting. Here (see below) Michael records Natacha Rambova's estate worth as $367,000 when she died. I did the calculation (see below) and that is just over 3 million dollars today. 

So Natacha Rambova needed no ones money and if ever there was proof she and Rudy fell crazy in love with all the trimmings this would be it. Because by 1966, Natacha considered herself broke, on the down side. She applied for grants for her study, lived modestly in Connecticut. In the 1920's, back in her day, her financial worth was far more. I think we can officially lay the idea that Rambova was after Valentino's money to rest in favor of some common sense and Michael's note. 









Friday, June 18, 2021

A Great Graphic


"Never Use Your Mother's Maiden Name"

I will not disagree with any of the comments left on my previous posts about Mr. William Self. I will add that I believe he wanted me to succeed. Despite his encouragement, at one point in our interviews our exchanges felt like that Mad magazine cartoon, “Spy v. Spy” as we both worked our individuals angles for information. I was looking for documents and he was after anything I discovered. I was after those court records and wanted to see the United Artists' contract. He promised me every interview that he would dig that up and find those reel to reel tapes of Bee Ullman's interview. He never did. So it went.

When I told him Michael Morris encouraged me to write an article about the literary legacy of Valentino being gay, he said he wanted to read it. He did read it and called me full of praise.

Bill Self was not a man to express much outward emotion, Michael Morris called him “The Sphinx”... but he was upset over a couple of things.

He did not like the then heavy presence of the “Rudy as gay” contingency. He lamented how these people usurped the annual memorial service and explained to me how these people intimidated and managed to get press for the event. He warned me about someone named “Tracy Terhune” who I was about to run into full force. He told me to “tread lightly” where he was concerned. That proved a bit impossible.

Self told me to “change my passwords and often” and explained how he had been hacked and also said never use your mother's maiden name! Security seemed an issue for him.

While I was interviewing Bill, Emily Leider's book came out and I asked him what he thought of it. He said he thought originally I might be “in trouble” by the book, but then said I was not to worry because he found the book to be “the same old thing”. He did not like the title and spoke about that and said he could not finish reading the book. He was also mystified Lieder quoted him because he said he never spoke to her.

I was always welcomed to the Self home and treated graciously. And I honestly think if Jeanine Villalobos had not slammed that door in my face Self would have eventually told me everything. He was intrigued by my work and I think he wanted to be a part of the Valentino story. But I went on to discover the back story of William Self which in many ways came together all on its own.

I want to make the point that he knew what I was writing, he knew my perspective on the subject of Rudolph Valentino and he was a willing participant for the interviews I did have with him.


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Hell no, Bill!

Well Valentino collector Bill Self kind of slipped up here in this e-mail. He seldom sent me e-mails and would always call.. to I guess avoid something like this happening. Or did he want this to happen? 

Here (see below) he tells me that the Alberto Valentino spokeswoman Jeanine Villalobos was in receipt of the stolen case file of Valentino's probate court records and has the gall to tell me that this is, "where they belong".

Hell no Bill, those records are public record and belong in the Los Angeles County Hall of Records for all to see. Now Self's e-mail was confirmed of course by Donna Hill when she told me the same and added that Ms. Villalobos exchanged one of Valentino's shirts for the case file.

Bear in mind George Ullman's son Bob...at the time was a few weeks from his death and wanting to know the truth about his father's tenure as executor which was contained in that case file. Hence why I was trying to find those records for him. Bill Self knew that... and still they hid those records from a dying man. 

Bill Self told me he waived the purchase of that shipping case/sarcophagus he is mentioning in this e-mail...when in fact I would learn later on he already owned it. 








Smoking Guns Galore

I think it is fair to say that something huge is being hidden by the Alberto Valentino family. If this were not the case then doors would be wide open, materials shared and censorship non-existent. However, the opposite is true (see all previous posts!) It took me a good long while to recognize the motley cast of characters prompting all those door slammings in my face. I was once naive about that. I no longer am.

Yesterday someone commented how they were amazed I had not gone insane having to endure all I did and still must endure. A valid question. Because at every turn I recognized another awful alliance...and at every turn another door was slammed in my face. 

I am extremely proud of myself and Renato for discovering all we have despite such tremendous efforts to stop us. The criminals have tried to hide their crimes, but they are not all that clever. Bits and pieces of evidence are about because Rudolph Valentino left an incredible paper trail on two continents.

A good detective can solve a crime with the smallest piece of evidence and this is what I feel Renato and I have  accomplished. We find bits and pieces they missed. It does not matter if those bits and pieces were small or grand none of our discoveries were insignificant.

What a moment it was for me when the research desk librarian asked me if S. George Ullman ever filed an appeal in California. It never occurred to the thieves hiding their crime that when Ullman did file his appeal his case would consist of a huge portion of the original stolen case file. In solving this crime, that was the smoking gun. 

At one point I began compiling a list of all the missing/stolen records relating to Rudolph Valentino. I have not been so diligent in keeping the list current. But does this list not present again the obvious question... why hide if there is nothing to hide?

Here follows the list of documents we found to be gone, gone, gone with the wind:

Missing from their rightful housing in the United States:

1. The original and entire case file of the California Supreme Court case of Guglielmi v. Ullman, # 83678, “In the Supreme Court of the State of California, In the matter of the Estate of Rodolpho (sic) Guglielmi, also known as Rudolph Valentino, deceased. S. George Ullman, Appellant, vs. Alberto Guglielmi, Maria Guglielmi Strada, Bank of America National Trust & Savings Association, a national banking association as administrator of the estate of Rudolpho Guglielmi with the will annexed, Teresa Werner, Ray L. Riley, State Controller, Respondents.”

2. The Harry Baskerville Audit of S. George Ullman's executor accounting of the Valentino estate.

3. All evidence admitted in the case of Guglielmi v. Ullman, including Executor's First Account, Supplemental Executor Accounts and attached Schedules,

4. The original copy of Paragraph Fourth appointing Jean Guglielmi as Rudolph Valentino's sole heir as submitted to the court by Attorney Raymond Stewart

5. The complete “Reporter's Transcripts” of court testimony delivered in Guglielmi v. Ullman including Direct Examination and Cross Examinations.

6. Natacha Rambova and Rudolph Valentino's divorce and property settlement entered as court exhibit.

7. The Cinema Finance loan records and accounting

8. Itemization and accounting of estate assets and Ullman's book keeping ledgers as admitted as court's evidence

9. Falcon Lair Grey Book household ledgers and all original extracts.

10. The original Rudolph Valentino Production Company ledgers including the Pan American Bank loan records, VAB records and all tax assessment records of payments and abatement.

11. The Cosmic Arts by-laws, accounting registers and inventory including Executor's Exhibit #2.

12. The assignation of Cosmic Arts to Rudolph Valentino Productions documents and contracts

13. The original United Artists contracts as filed as court's evidence as “Executor's Exhibit One”.

14. Cosmic Arts contracts and book keeping ledgers

15. Executor's Exhibit #4, the letter written by Maria Strada to George Ullman.

16. Jean Guglielmi's, “Declaration of Intention”, first page with photograph, which is missing from the National Archives of Registered Aliens.

And I add:

17. The Paul Ivano Memoir

18. The reel to reel tapes of the Beatrice Ullman interviews.

The following public records were found to be missing from their rightful housing in Italy:

1. Proof of Alberto and Ada's Turin residency from the Turin Historical City archives

2. Guglielmi Family Forms or “Foglios di Famiglia” in Turin Historical Archives

3. Guglielmi Family Form missing from Campobasso

4. Guglielmi Family Form missing from Filadelfia

5. Guglielmi Family Form missing from Putignano

6. Guglielmi Family Form missing from Santeramo In Colle

7. Proof of Jean Guglielmi's Santeramo In Colle residency

8. Proof of residency in Santeramo In Colle for Ada and Alberto Guglielmi

9. Proof of Alberto's Guglielmi's residency in Campobasso

10. Proof of residency for Alberto, Ada and Jean Guglielmi in Putignano

11. Proof of Ada Guglielmi's residency in Campobasso


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Sacred Artifacts

The shirt Rudolph Valentino was wearing when he went into the hospital on that fateful day, is a sacred artifact, to be treated with reverence. Like the shirt Lincoln was wearing when he was shot. I once saw the shirt Secretary of State William Seward was wearing when he was stabbed and it was in a glass case in the Seward House in Auburn, New York. It made an impression on me. It was not being passed around between the highest bidders with the winner of the bloody shirt bragging how he got a real deal. But incredibly this is exactly what happened with the death vestment of Valentino.

That vestment/shirt is a moment in history to be revered as a part of the tragedy that was the death of Rudolph Valentino. Imagine on that awful day when Rudy walked into the ER in the Polyclinic Hospital... imagine if he could see into the future and read how said collector was bragging about how he bought that shirt for a lot less than it was worth?

Something is very wrong in the Valentino World.

All of those things belong in a museum. It is for me disgusting that these historical artifacts are even handled by these awful people, flung back and forth like currency, trophies to inflate the egos of collectors. I call for all of these artifacts to be in the hands of curators now. Valentino's history is being lost... and believe me as someone piecing it together I know this as fact.

Valentino deserves his history be preserved and not edited, censored and hoarded by a bunch of self-serving ego-maniacal bullies.

https://historyengine.richmond.edu/episodes/view/4217

#castthemerchantsoutofthetemple #stopbullying

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

"Biting the Hand That Feeds You"

Some of the only records still remaining on file in the Los Angeles County Hall of Records are those relating to the years of Alberto and Jean Valentino's collection processes on George Ullman. It is staggering to see the lengths they went to attempting to collect this money from Ullman because it was money he advanced to Alberto immediately after Valentino's death. The business losses were dismissed on Ullman's appeal and the amount he owed Alberto was money Alberto had already spent...Ullman as executor did not know Jean was the sole heir until after he dispersed the advances in good faith to Alberto. The court recommended a "fairness lien" be established and told Jean Valentino not to pursue Ullman because he did not benefit from the money advanced. Jean ignored the court's advice and engaged in a 30 year collection process v. Ullman. 

What I find even worse than this barbaric harassment of an innocent man, is the continued trashing of Ullman by the Alberto family operatives, Tracy Terhune, David Bret and their obedient sycophants. Ullman had such a great spirit to live his life as a father and grand father in a loving and admirable way. Until these records were recovered by yours truly, Alberto's lies stood as truth. Incredibly, despite these records being brought forth, Tracy Terhune continues to heap unjustified abuse on this man when in reality he owes it all to Mr. Ullman; his collection, his death servicing... he should be Ullman's biggest supporter. 

The following documents reveal the staggering interest rates, the aggressiveness of the Alberto Valentino family and what life was like for Ullman for decades on after he made a fortune for the Valentino family. This kind of defines the expression to, "Bite the hand that feeds you". (see below - Collection orders served on Ullman by the Sheriff with one document evidence Jean Valentino attempted to seize Ullman's business. The court rejected his petition)





Monday, June 14, 2021

Regarding my "Anti-Christ" Status

Perhaps this year at his death fest, Tracy Terhune will have one of those boards where you stick your head through a hole in order to have your picture taken. What would it be? A large, poorly painted piece of plywood with Rudolph Valentino on one side and maybe Jean Acker on the other? For fifty cents Terhune would let people line up and stick their heads through the hole and BE Valentino.

Will he have caramel apples in honor of Carmel Myers? A kettle corn machine would be a good touch and fragrant and maybe some funnel cakes simmering in the oil.

And Terhune, there he is with his cash register with RVG embossed on the side ringing up his sales of a lifetime... Ca-ching!...a shirt Valentino was wearing when he stumbled gravely ill to the hospital...and oh how he brags about the deal he scored on that trophy. Ghoul.

Well fyi for Terhune... the Polyclinic Hospital did not give a thing to the ex-wife. She had no power of attorney and no hospital would hand over personal effects to anyone who did not have power of attorney, let alone an old girlfriend and bitter ex-wife. You know who was there and had power of attorney? S. George Ullman … and he was in receipt of the shirt and he gave it to Jean Acker. So you can sit down and stop taking your bows for your “expertise and sourcing”.

Meanwhile, an excerpt on the subject from a book I have yet to publish...

“Crypt Maintenance

I will be the first person to admit that I do not understand the Valentino gathering at the crypt tradition or the fussing over the tomb. I wrote about the origin of this Hollywood tradition in Affairs Valentino and based my report on this upon sworn testimony by George Ullman. It is my opinion that Ullman would not have risked imprisonment for perjury with his direct answer on the witness stand saying he began the tradition.

Yet, the tradition of the service has continued throughout the years and the role of emcee became Terhune's and he had made this, in my opinion, his identity. I believe it is because of Terhune's fascination with Valentino's death and iron handed control over this service, he has consequently been successful in perpetuating the association of Rudolph Valentino with his death.

Terhune not only promotes and markets the Valentino crypt service every year, but it is my opinion that he also markets himself and exploits the service to make contact with other Valentino memorabilia collectors. He has utilized the service to advertise and show pieces from his private collection. I allege that the service in Hollywood Forever before the crypt of Rudolph Valentino each year at the precise moment of his death, to be a commercial venture held by collectors who perform as emcee and gatherers so they may appear in a noble light to those fans attending the service as genuine fans of Valentino. The inherent sadness that is any tomb, a final resting place is, that in Valentino's case, the tomb is disguised as commemoration of the cash value of the star's earthly remains.

A ghoul by definition is a “person morbidly interested in death.“ I would consider someone who assumes the self-appointed role of crypt maintenance and the conducting of a service before the embalmed corpse of Rudolph Valentino to be demonstrating a “morbid interest” in the star's death and current condition.

Would it be that ghouls whisper in the night passing secrets of the Hollywood stars gone by busying themselves before Valentino's crypt? Tracy Terhune, prowling about the grave, will freshen the dead flowers and clean the lipstick kisses from the marble as evidence.

Meanwhile, as Terhune tends to his duties in the mausoleum and plans for his annual fete al Tombe, he feeds information from Los Angeles to David Bret and monitors me on a daily basis. Their death talk races from Terhune to David Bret through cyberspace.

Together, as a partnership in the veneration of Valentino and death, they create a force of ruination of me and my work on Valentino. Bret's blood dripping, maggots crawling, bones breaking, skin sagging and corpses engaging in sexual perversion melded into Terhune's vicious allegations of my being a liar with an “agenda of hate”.

The subject of my death is a presence at Valentino's crypt. Perhaps it is not being discussed openly, by ghouls or mortals but the emcee knows. He not only tends to the crypt but in my opinion and according to evidence as filed by himself and now public record, stokes the coals of David Bret's hell fires. As he removes the dead flowers from the sconces on Valentino's marble plaque, does he get his, “good laugh”, as he reads Bret's killing blog posts?

Apparently, he chuckles as I am gutted, my throat slit, I hang myself, I die of cancer, I walk into traffic. While Terhune finds this all hilarious, he gets his “chuckle” musing before the bones of Valentino scheming how best to prevent Affairs Valentino from ever happening again. In doing this I imagine Terhune felt he was acting out of some high authority of God to prevent my book from being made public. I have no doubt that he feels he is a soldier for God and that ridding the world of my book is a Crusade with every religion overtone.

Death has always stalked the legacy of Rudolph Valentino. One could conclude this is to be expected as he died young. But other movie stars have suffered similar fates and not been held captive in their afterlife by those fixated upon their death, their grave and the subject of death itself and those interjecting religious fervor in the fixation.

For the sake of a long since deceased movie star, the “team” in the very least, conspired to work their individual death angles. David Bret posting so many “witty death wishes” as he called them for me and his “Team-mate”, as he called him and “dear friend with whom he spoke on the phone with everyday”, Tracy Terhune, focusing his attentions upon a service he perpetuates on the fresh air side of the marble slab of Valentino's dead body and final resting place.

But in the fall of 2012, as Bret was covering the death-laden, gory, misogynistic, sexual perversity homophobery about me, Tracy Terhune was about to bring up the rear with a mind-blowing assault of Christian self-righteousness by calling me out as Satan's hand maiden. His posting online about my being evil and satanic cluttered my book's online presence and because of this new angle of defamation, my anti-Christ status continues to this very day.”

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Making a Point

Michael Morris was such a God in the Valentino World yet treated so poorly by those who fancy themselves “Keepers of the Flame”. What a bunch of hypocrites they are. After Michael died they came out praising his book and work... while they dashed his posthumous book to the rocks saying I wrote it and “Buyer Beware”. Disgusting defilement of Michael's great accomplishment.

After Michael's death, Tracy Terhune felt safe to try and convince the world Michael had nothing to do with me, Cindy Martin claimed I did not know him and that I forged e-mails I posted from Michael to me... and Bret savaged Michael within days of his death online saying vile things about this great man. He actually engaged in a furious exchange with one of Michael's doctoral students.

Was Michael ever invited by Tracy Terhune to speak at his death fest? Not that I know of... because Michael would have been thrilled to speak.

And Donna Hill and Jeanine Villalobos?... who swanned about Michael convincing him to fork over his archive? Well we all know how that worked out. 

Did any of these people come out to defend him publicly when Bret was spitting his homophobic slurs Michael's way? No they did not.

I could go on. I have made my point. While they all wallow in their smug deals and shekels saved on a piece of poor Rudy... Michael's legacy puts them all to shame.

#castthemerchantsoutofthetemple


Natacha's Letter

The following is the transcript of the letter I read at the end of the Madam Valentino podcast. (Find link in previous post) This is the letter written to Rudolph Valentino by Natacha Rambova which Michael Morris sought to have access to but was denied. (see below) The question marks denote illegibility.





Saturday, June 12, 2021

One More Clarification

A further clarification in regards to my previous post, "Madam Valentino, The Legacy of Michael Morris"... to add insight into Michael Morris' thinking about George Ullman after I discovered the records and in his own words (see below).

At some point after I discovered the Ullmans and their father's 1975 memoir, I ran as fast as I could to broadcast this news to the Valentino World as it was then known to me. I logged onto a Valentino chat room run by Tracy Terhune and Donna Hill.

I was blown away. Not with their excitement over my discovery, or even much interest...but by their anger. Terhune came at me, letting me know all about his favorite blood sport of trashing George Ullman.

Terhune's aggressively hostile reaction to me drew the attention of my friend and ally, Michael Morris. He logged on to make the following post.




Teresa Werner Distances Herself

At one point in the court proceedings of Alberto v. Ullman, Natacha's Aunt Teresa Werner's attorney told the judge she was not “actually” a part of the proceedings. Here, Teresa Werner distances herself from Alberto's legal machinations and reminds the court she was not objecting to any of Ullman's “Accounts on File”.

Just thought I would clarify.




Madam Valentino, The Legacy of Michael Morris


Shame on Tracy Terhune for hauling out material in his one millionth attempt to discredit me, Ullman, Rambova and Michael Morris... and in doing so neglecting to mention that the history of all of this changed when I discovered those one thousand pages of Valentino's court records. I might add those were copies of the original (and stolen) case file which Terhune admitted he had seen in the hands of three collectors, which Donna Hill told me Jeanine Villalobos exchanged for one of Valentino's shirts. I add that according to Cindy Martin, Terhune neglected to tell people those original records existed while he nurtured the absurdity online that I forged them all. Ullman resigned as executor, he was forced to declare bankruptcy and the one who was enriched after Valentino's death was Alberto Valentino. 

I hope the members of that group will dig deeper into the actual documentation and reject Tracy Ryan Terhune's attempts to give them a story which is now non-applicable and false due to the documentation I discovered. Those probate records were stolen from their rightful housing to hide the truth which Terhune is still hiding. 

And I add that Michael Morris was a brilliant mind who read those court records with me and changed his mind about many things over the years.

Friday, June 11, 2021

"Phantom Fame"

On p.42 of Affairs Valentino, I relate the story of a Mr. T. R. Zan and how this was a publicity stunt orchestrated by Harry Reichenbach.

Reichenbach is also credited with being the inspiration for Rudolph Valentino's beard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Reichenbach

Curiously, in this account of “Rudy's” Party (see below), J.D. Williams' publicity man, Bill Yearsley is present. Was this a collaboration between Yearsley and Reichenbach? How much of that beard was a publicity hoax? To me it hardly seems plausible and could have been an attempt by the PR agents around Valentino to exploit his own decision to grow the infamous beard.

The ingenuity of these PR agents can scarcely be disputed but I doubt the beard was forced upon Rudolph and Reichenbach, Yearsley and their ilk seized upon the opportunity the moment they spotted that goatee.




Thursday, June 10, 2021

Renato Floris Shares Thoughts on the Brothers Valentino

 In Italy we say: Fratelli coltelli! (Brothers Knives or Knife Brothers)

I have often wondered how Alberto really was towards Rodolfo and how Rodolfo was towards Alberto.

Alberto was born on April 5, 1892 and did not have a simple life. As a teenager, he had to assume the role of father for his siblings Rodolfo and Maria due to the death of their father, which occurred on March 24, 1906.

It is not well known why Alberto abandoned his studies to become a lawyer nor why in December 1912, when he was just twenty, he married the 24-year-old Ada Del Mazzone; a wedding hastily celebrated at the bedside of Ada who, at the time, was very ill.

Alberto then went to Reggio Calabria where, after following a local prefecture course, he obtained the qualification of Municipal Secretary. His first job was that of municipal secretary of Santeramo in Colle where on August 14, 1914 the birth of Jean was recorded.

Years passed and Rodolfo became a star of the first magnitude in the Olympus of movie stars and, with his fame, came a lot, a lot of money.

I guess there were good reasons why Alberto left the security of a job in public administration to wear the hat of the European representative of Rudolph Valentino Productions. At the time Alberto was in Rome, the heart of the public administration and certainly he was destined to a prominent position. But following his decision to become Rodolfo's alter ego in Europe, he decided to close his house and transfer the family to Paris. He enrolled Jean in school at the prestigious Roman high school Terenzio Mamiani. This is reported as a school of origin when Jean was enrolled in the San Giuseppe high school in Turin immediately after Rodolfo's death.

The death of Rodolfo revolutionized and not in a light way, the situation of Alberto who had already resigned from the position of government official and was ready to move to Paris to occupy the prestigious position of his brother's administrative alter ego.

I am sure Rodolfo's death was like a lighting bolt which forced Alberto to make drastic decisions. He enrolled his son in a school close to his maternal grandparents, who at the time lived in Turin, left his wife Ada in Turin, who would later join her husband in Los Angeles, who was there attempting to settle his brother's hereditary affairs.

Hereditary affairs which were not so easily settled. As the surviving brother, Alberto assumed he was by default a certain heir of Rodolfo as was his sister Maria. They were not. Rodolfo's will, devoid of an important annex, implied the heirs were Alberto, his sister Maria and Natacha Rambova's Aunt Teresa, when the actual heir was the nephew Jean Guglielmi.

Despite, Alberto threw himself headlong into what remained of his brother, certain of or pretending to be an heir, relegating his sister Maria to a minor position and denying Natacha's aunt any position.

With the impetuousness of a samurai, Alberto threw himself upon everything which once belonged to Rodolfo, taking it for granted that everything was due to him. He took possession of Rodolfo's cars, dogs and many valuables including monetary advances, as if by divine right.

Things weren't quite as Alberto believed and in order to defend his prosperous future, he did everything he could to be considered his brother's heir. It appears he felt he had some right to be repaid for some important favor he did for Rodolfo.

Some of Valentino's fans describe Alberto as being rich with great affection and attention for Rodolfo but, according to certain testimonies, it does not appear that this was the case.

Alberto's misfortune was to take everything for granted; feeling entitled to access to a prestigious role even if he had no experience in the field of cinema. The leap he attempted to make from being a proud emissary of his brother to that of a movie star of the highest magnitude, went to his head.

Certainly there are still things to discover about the Guglielmi brothers' relationship.

I ask those who claim they are so sincere and honest, to tell us how things really were.

To all the others I say: don't be so fast to take things for face value.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

An Interesting Detail

One of the more interesting little details which I learned from those Appeals Court Records was why Rudolph Valentino included Natacha's Aunt Teresa Werner as one of three people (in addition to Alberto and sister Maria) who would receive a weekly allowance from his estate in the event of his death... until Jean Valentino turned 25 and inherited it all.

It was revealed Valentino was, at the time, paying the mortgage payments on Aunt Teresa's Los Angeles home. It is well-known he thought of her as a mother figure but I think she was included because he never wanted her to lose her home.

This small mention, was kind of the beginning of it all and Alberto was rejected by the court... as executor or co-executor and Aunt Teresa received a weekly stipend from Ullman for a few years until he retired as executor.




Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Secret Books

We are currently working on three books... all unique and valuable. I made the mistake in 2010 to announce Affairs Valentino before if came out and just handed "them" the ability to assassinate it before the book saw the light of day. Now we say nothing until everyone has a chance to read and make their own opinion. 

Working hard these days.





Monday, June 7, 2021

The Road Into Town

In 2014 we visited Castellaneta. We took many photos and some day I will build a slide show and post them. Far, far away from Hollywood.... The road into town day and at dusk. 


"Bygones" Are History

I know I have posted this letter before (see below) but I think it deserves refreshing as it relates to the previous two posts. It is striking to me how ill-informed Alberto and Jean were about many of the details of Rudolph's life and the events which transpired. When Alberto petitioned the probate court to make him the executor of Rudolph's estate, I wonder how much he did know about the business of being Rudolph Valentino. The court rejected his request and handed the task to Ullman as Rudolph requested. 

Michael Morris thought Jean Valentino might sue him for putting out Madam Valentino. And it is surprising Jean Valentino was not supportive at all of Michael's project then. And the letting, "bygones be bygones" somewhat denies all history does it not? Those bygones are history and Rudolph Valentino was an historical icon and the subject of many books. 

Someone pointed out to me that while Alberto speaks about demanding a retraction from La Revista for publishing the story of one "Evelyn Valentino" in 1977, he did not publicly protest Mank and Steiger's horrific book (published on January 1, 1977) nor Hollywood Babylon (first published in 1965 and banned then again published in 1975). Here Jean Valentino refuses an interview with Michael and tells him to chuck the project (Madam Valentino) in the trash and forget about it. 

I also asked the Alberto Valentino family for an interview for Affairs Valentino and was refused. Not sure what they felt they gained but then again I surely would have asked about that touchy subject of the "sole heirship". 



Saturday, June 5, 2021

A Whale of a Difference

About a week ago David Bret posted his one thousandth “witty death wish” for me by posting an image of a skeleton sitting in a garden. I can not describe it further because I did not see it. My dear Renato spotted that one and told me about it.

Bret has written about my death for so long online he has earned the nickname,“Death Bret”. And when his local police paid him a call about his writing so obsessively about my death, he told them it was all just “witty death wishes”.

The only reason anyone would ever speak about someone's death in a “witty” way would be to be a complete ass and try and scare them, threaten them and make them suffer. It's called bullying.

Imagine having someone joke about your death every day for about eleven years because you wrote a book they did not like? And imagine if they wrote about your death without ceasing online for the world to see including your relatives, friends young and old? Imagine someone publishing your obituary, authoritative articles about your death, “Do Dead Authors Sell Books?”, pictures of coffins, wheelchairs and rotting corpses?

The author, Thomas McNulty once wrote that Bret, “wallowed in homosexual innuendo”. I would add he “wallows in homosexual innuendo and death”.

Now Bret has a team mate in those constant reminders of our deaths and that would be Tracy Ryan Terhune. Both Terhune and Bret have done a great deal of tag-team tick- tocking and sniggering about our age and how no one will miss us when we are gone.

What kind of upside down world is this when Terhune and Bret are allowed the tiniest voice in anything Valentino? Because of their death laden and ageist bullying, I think neither one of them should be allowed to utter the name of Rudolph Valentino.

I am not yet that skeleton in the garden and am armed with LIFE to fend off their bad mojo of death wishing and death fantasies. I guess I should feel sorry for people like them and in some ways I do. But their lies won't stand as our truth and I will do all I can to rid the Valentino world of all the lies they have posted everywhere about Valentino and us... I intend to do so through blog, book and podcast.

I saw this image this morning and thought it made the point. “What a whale of a difference a few words make” indeed.



Friday, June 4, 2021

I Say Not John Travolta

https://www.reincarnationresearch.com/reincarnation-case-of-rudolph-valentino-john-travolta/

I am just going to comment on this Valentino whimsy with a big question mark ?? I say no. I do not totally reject the concept of reincarnation but Travolta as Valentino? No.

I am not saying that to disparage reincarnation. But I would dispute that physical features are passed on between lives and remain the same. And how could they manage to identify past lives with a “degree of accuracy”. What is the standard for proof in something like that? This is really thinly constructed and I never found Travolta a “Romeo” or so attractive really (hardly a Walter Pidgeon) and I can not see the physical resemblance to Valentino.

It is odd they tossed Larry Flint in there randomly because I could be wrong but I don't think a psychic necessarily has anything to do with reincarnation. Its an interesting topic but I dispute Ahtun Re's “degree of accuracy” in this one. And according to the last line there, Valentino, as Travolta, was reborn in New Jersey?

I had not seen this until someone sent it my way. What next for Rudolph Valentino's legacy?

The response to the interview today (see previous post) was heartening and I thank everyone 💗💗💗 for their support and appreciation. And thank you to Magdalena Hamilton for the fabulous post.


Something Really Nice to See

I was recently interviewed by a Swedish blogger, Magdalena Hamilton who is a Valentino afficianda. She posted the interview today on her blog at: 

https://nouw.com/magdahamilton

After all the years of evil posts about me this is really nice to see. Yay Rudy. 

She has posted another link in the story of her Instagram page. 

Thank-you, thank-you Magdalena. 

I am honored.




Thursday, June 3, 2021

My Thoughts on Elvis & Rudy

My thoughts on the Previous Post, "Elvis & Rudy":

I think the issue of Elvis and Rudy is not so much about the personality traits and personal tastes, etc. which is interesting...as it is about the epic followings they garnered and so quickly. And just as Valentino's legacy is tarnished by the lies of his detractors today...I think Elvis suffers some of that disdain also but in a more sociological way.

I think there was, and is, a class division and attitude regarding Elvis; I remember that well when he was first popular because I am that old! You either loved him or he was the devil. And perhaps we have forgotten that historically this was also true to a great extent about Valentino when he was at the height of his fame.

I know my grandmother considered herself so far above it all, she would not deign to go to a Valentino movie and people then associated Valentino with screaming flappers and out of control “sheiking” teenagers. I think now Valentino has been elevated to a great degree by his veneration. But it was not always so.

The one point I will add to this discussion is Rambova. Unlike Elvis, Rudy had a lover/talented designer and classy lady... by his side for several critical years who groomed him, outwardly and inwardly into the slick, esoteric gentleman he would become. Without Rambova's influence, artistry, vision and guidance, I think Valentino would have had a different outcome professionally.

One thing that can not be denied about both icons is their genius. I never had a feeling either way about Elvis until I watched his live concert, I believe it was in Hawaii...in 1973...and I was blown away.

Thanks for all the great comments!


Elvis & Rudy

I received the following message (with image below) and thought I would share it here as I found it interesting. I did receive permission to post this and thank the author for the insight. 

"Oh my goodness! I don't know how it is that I just now ran across your podcast "Valentino's Moment of Opportunity" but I can say it is one of my favorite ones. I loved your analysis of how the timing of his fame was perfectly aligned with the birth of radio becoming commonplace in the average home, the new media of radio as a vast marketing tool for advertising, the discovery of King Tut's tomb, etc. Fascinating how all of that played into the timing of his skyrocketing fame!

I'm a big Elvis fan and have read every book I could get my hands on about him. I can see many eerie parallels between Rudy’s and Elvis’ lives. Let’s start with Elvis’s moment of opportunity. Elvis's fame can be attributed to perfect timing just like Rudy’s. He was a white, southern boy who was raised near poor, black areas. He grew up listening to black gospel music and really became infused with much of that sound. So, when this nice-looking white kid who sang like a black man arrived upon the scene, it was an explosion yet unseen in the white music world. He and Rudy both rode the wave of fame because the perfect storm of timing thrust them into the center of it.

These two men each enjoyed collecting expensive cars, driving fast, were avid horsemen, owned many dogs, and had reckless spending habits which forced to them to accept work that they really didn’t want to take. But this is only the tip of the iceberg of what they had in common. Rudy and Elvis both had a unique sense of style. Elvis dressed like no other, sang like no other, moved like no other. Rudy was an elegant dresser who wore jewelry when most American men did not. The media insulted him and questioned his masculinity because of this.

Rudy and Elvis were both criticized for corrupting American youth and were denounced by “proper” society. Rudy’s passion and sensuality on screen was something that did not exist to that degree until he came along. Along with his sensual lovemaking on film, Rudy inflamed women’s desires with the sexy Argentinian Tango. Gasp! Hips and thighs touching during most of the dance! Such filth! Thirty years after Rudy’s death along came Elvis Presley with his suggestive, swiveling pelvis. His dancing was also called immoral and sinful he was blamed for the downfall of American youth.

They both had immense charisma and influenced American culture in a way that is still pretty much unmatched. Both were known for their impeccable manners and for being polite. Both men wanted to be serious artists but were trapped in roles that they were unable to break out of. Rudy was not at all happy about being known for The Sheik and especially did not want to make the second Sheik film. Elvis was trapped in movie contracts in which the studios churned out utter crap. This was deeply disturbing to him. His natural acting ability was never allowed to fully develop and was tragically suppressed. He received critical acclaim for his role in King Creole and was highly praised for Jailhouse Rock but everything to follow was complete trash.

Rudy and Elvis were both highly spiritual men. Each one was on a spiritual quest and had an unquenchable desire for knowledge outside of accepted religious norms. Rudy’s search led to the study of metaphysical topics such as manifesting and the Law of Attraction, communication with spirit guides, numerous visits to psychic mediums, and a belief in communicating with spirits via automatic writing. Elvis was a voracious reader and poured over many spiritual books. One of his favorites books was “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran and he owned several books by that author. He studied Eastern religions, Kriya Yoga, meditation, theosophy, psychic healing powers, numerology, and enjoyed intense philosophical conversations.

Both men were extremely close to their mothers and were 22 and 23 years old when their mothers died. The death of Rudy’s mother and his loneliness for her was a driving force in his impulsive marriage to Jean Acker. After Elvis lost his mom his life took a different trajectory, and not for the better. I can’t help but wonder if Gabriella Guglielmi and Gladys Presley had lived long enough for their sons to reach middle age if both men would not have died so tragically young. The entrapment, pressures, and isolation of fame caused Valentino and Elvis to cope by turning to prescription drugs (Elvis) and alcohol (Rudy). Would this still have been their default coping mechanism had their mamas been alive? Two beloved, unique, and talented individuals were gobbled up by the double-edged sword of fame."



Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Rambova Was a Goddess Queen

In response to Tracy Terhune publicly saying the following:

“You can connect the dots on almost all of these characters: Ullman/Acker/Rambova/Ivano/Florey/ and a host of others. All had a monetary motive for hitching their star to his waggon (sic)”.

Is that not truly the pot calling the kettle black? When Tracy Terhune wheels and deals his Valentino merchandise like a black jack dealer? Come on.

What a slur on Valentino to impugn those people...And in my opinion, slurring Valentino by insulting his friends and lover Natacha is deeply rude to his memory. And Tracy Terhune can not call it history because he is nearly 100% wrong. 

So here it is imo after some 20 years looking through actual documentation:

Ullman... the ultimate hero of Valentino's story.

Acker.... Really... who cares. Such a bore.

Rambova was a goddess queen who as Michael Morris preached... made Valentino. The best thing that ever happened to him. And how could she ever have had a monetary motive with Valentino? She was an heiress and extremely wealthy. 

Ivano... he lost the plot later in life.

Florey... was a jerk.

And for Mr. Terhune... “wagon” is not spelled with 2 “g's”.

*(Seems Kim Edelman has found that in Old English and up until a century ago, "wagon" could be spelled with 2 g's. Fyi for Edelman...Americans do not speak Old English.) 


Some Credit Where Credit is Due!

Below I am sharing a page from the court records where George Ullman is testifying about paying Valentino's debt to the Cinema Finance Company. He was aggressive in pursing the Cinema Finance Company and United Artists' Joe Schenck for any surplus funds they received because of Valentino's death. 

For example, the life insurance policies on Valentino covered the monies owed but there was a surplus which Ullman collected and much to his own detriment. Schenck was furious with Ullman's demands when he had to pay some $40,000 and Cinema Finance handed the estate another $19,000. Considering the exchange rate is now x 15... this was a great deal of money for the Valentino family and that estate. But George would pay a price by crossing Schenck and I write about this in Affairs Valentino

Giving Ullman some credit long over due and I think it is great we have his own words to appreciate. In lines #460-461 George is under direction questioning by his attorney.