“Some of them wished to charge him with homosexuality.” Significant use of the word “charge” by Alberto, as though speaking of a crime. Rather troubling to read in 2021. In any event, Alberto wasn’t having it. How delightful to hear of Valentino’s endless adventures as a young heartthrob, falling in love with one woman after another. Valentino’s preternatural susceptibility to women and his pursuit of them seems to have left him little time for anything else as a young man. Good thing then that he changed his mind about the lover in Paris and made the trip to the US.
This interview is really fascinating. While Alberto seems to repeat many of the basics from the sanctioned story of Rudy’s life (that may or may not be true), there are many interesting details that come to light. Rudy’s early precociousness with the ladies is enchanting. Do I sense a bit of envy coming from Alberto? I agree with the previous comment. It is our good fortune Valentino did not stay with his Paris love, but made the decision to sail to America. Yet, even in the 1920s, as he is now, Rudy was the victim of cretinous ratfinks who attempted to sully his reputation. I admire Valentino even more for his courage to rise above such rubbish. I do think Alberto tells on himself when he admits in this interview that he knew Jean was Valentino’s sole heir, but yet he never mentioned that fact during all the courtroom litigation against G. Ullman.
Alberto blithely mentions in passing that Valentino tried to adopt Jean, but apparently was only prevented from doing so by Italian law rather than any moral objections Alberto may have had. Under what circumstances would a person allow their sibling to adopt their child? How perfectly bizarre.
This was all very interesting. I'm looking forward to listening to it again! He made himself sound like an idiot by opening his mouth about the adoption attempt.
Let me get this straight: Alberto denounces Ullman for squandering money from the estate on “investments, loans, etc. which turned sour.” Yet, he doesn’t mention the vast amount of money Ullman freely gave him, before it was discovered Jean was the sole heir. Alberto admits in this interview he KNEW Jean was the beneficiary of Valentino’s will, but he never divulged this information to the executor, Ullman, and continued to take money from the estate. To top it off, he then sued Ullman for reckless administration of estate funds when he, Alberto, was the main recipient of those funds! My head is spinning