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.




5 comments:

  1. I do love the little things! The little things can be real eye openers!

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  2. Also, I wonder what Aunt really thought of Alberto? I wonder if she ever had any awkward confrontations with him.

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  3. Just ghastly. There is simply no way to spin this. A team of lawyers was retained to try to deprive an elderly woman of her housing maintenance and subvert the clear wishes of a dead man. Even after the attempt was justifiably quashed, it is certain that Ullman was presented with the legal bill.

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  4. It is a well known fact that Rambova's Aunt Teresa was a very significant person to Rudolph Valentino. His warm feelings for her and hers for him are more examples of the positive impact his marriage to Rambova had on his life. Why, after Valentino's death, would his own brother try to erase a cherished relationship with Teresa Werner by attempting to legally eradicate her from the will? What an ugly situation!

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  5. A brother would do that because of a sense of overriding entitlement. One shudders to think at what must have been asserted by the brother as the basis for overturning Valentino’s Will (mental unfitness comes to mind). The legal documents supporting this action would make depressing reading.

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