Thursday, July 22, 2021

Natacha Bristles

I think both Natacha and Rudolph separated and divorced deep in anguish believing they could just move on. It did not happen. She was heartbroken and furious he sent her away and cut her out of Cosmic Arts and she made many statements claiming he wanted her to stay home and eat spaghetti. I used to think the press invented her saying bitterly that, “You can't eat spaghetti every day”. But there is something to that.

She did not limp away defeated and for a while she battled back to have a show career of her own. It did not happen.

But according to those with her at the chateau when Rudolph died, she was destroyed by his death and I think she did have a nervous breakdown. The reports from the chateau of Natacha and Rudolph's reconciliation via their love lorn cablegrams during the last week of his life... has been further confirmed by Baltasar Cue.

The Cue book reinforced so much and his mention of Natacha's cablegrams under Rudolph's pillow said it all.

She did not leave Rudolph happily or in my opinion willingly. But as I learned they would have had another go at it if he lived. It did not happen.

And the reality of what had just happened prior to the parting scene at the train station is one of my proudest discoveries. Bob Ullman realized reading the court records how that all took place on his second birthday. Go figure.

Here (see below) Natacha bristles at theaters exploiting her divorce and refuses to appear on stage after one of Rudolph's movies. How could any one in their right mind claim theirs was a platonic marriage? 

1 comment:

  1. A perfect example of Rambova's feelings for Valentino can be seen in the story of Dominic NIcassio - "Cassio" - which was discovered by Ms. Zumaya in her unrelenting search for new Valentino material. Cassio was an Italian filmmaker and comedian during the 1920s. Known as the European Charlie Chaplin, Cassio claimed to be a cousin of Valentino. This assertion was apparently true since Cassio was able to persuade Rambova to star in his 1928 film, Who Am I?. Why would Rambova agree to star in what was basically a poverty row, inexpensive film for an obscure Italian comedian? As an heiress, she certainly didn't need the money. And this was not the sort of film that would fulfill any desire on her part of becoming a serious actress. She surely could have found a more established venue. Why did she agree to support Cassio by starring in his film? The only answer is she believed he was Valentino's cousin and she did it as a tribute to Valentino's memory. According to Ms. Zumaya, "the appearance in this lost film stands as the definitive footnote of her love for Rudolph."
    You can read the fascinating story of Cassio and the last film of Rambova in Evelyn Zumaya's latest work, "The Rudolph Valentino Case Files" or in Renato Floris' translation of Jeanne De Recqueville's book, "Rudolph Valentino."
    Please be aware there are pretentious aspirants in the Valentino world who have tried to take credit for Ms. Zumaya's discovery and excellent research regarding Cassio. Don't be fooled by their attempts to purloin Ms. Zumaya's work.