It must have been hard for Naldi to lose favour with the audiences as the style of alluring women changed in the mid- twenties, fresher faces were required and so the vamps were replaced without any mercy. The Valentino connection frizzled out and so did the offers for films. Gaining weight is a sign of depression I think and unhappiness. Naldi went to Europe to film in Austria and France but once again the films did not promise the expected success even with one still unknown Alfred Hitchcock as one of her directors. A tragic outcome for Naldi and by 1927 she was forced into 'retirement' only dreaming and speaking of what once was.
How pathetic that Naldi invented such elaborate Italian ancestry for herself. Hollywood was and is bursting with self-loathing individuals driven to shed the identities they were born with.
Naldi seems to have Valentino on the brain. But...they were just dear friends. Right?
Men get a free pass and Hollywood is cruelest to women.