Wednesday, July 14, 2021

That "Dancing Partner"

A post from Mad About the Boy was passed on to me in which Eleanor Gribbin cited Sylvia Huber in regards to the date of the death of her Aunt, Maria Strada, saying she “thought it was around 1950.” According to the impeccable research of Professor Aurelio Miccoli, Maria Strada died on July 25, 1969. As we are banned from any participation in that group, perhaps someone might want to inform the family of this date. I find it sad they do not even know.

Meanwhile:

It is somewhat quizzical to me how various women have been tagged as the great love of Valentino's life. I think the general consensus would be Natacha Rambova but at one point Alberto made the statement that his brother told him Blanca DeSaulles was the great love of his life. Blanca and the “dancing partner” (see below) were certainly involved to a serious degree and enough to be mentioned in articles, divorce proceedings and the murder trial.

Since Alberto also claimed Valentino's divorce from Natacha was like an “early death”, I wonder about that claim he made that Blanca was the great love. It made for some interesting copy but who knows?

From the Oakland Tribune, August 7, 1917.



13 comments:

  1. Evelyn the individuals that ban your participation are beneath you. Must of them do not appear to be educated, and they express themselves coarsely. You lose nothing by not interacting with them.

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    1. Agreed! And they sit around typing with their big toe!

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  2. Would have surprised me greatly if these fan forums would get any data correct and reading on the Valentino family not knowing when their relatives died is a sad point to say the least. So much for representing and cherishing famous or rather well known personalities and their history of life - Blah!!!!

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  3. In my view, Gabriella is on the same familial plane as Jean. It's a crying shame she and her mother have been ignored all these years. I've even seen photos posted of other people, such as Ada Guglielmi, being incorrectly identified as Maria. What an insult to Valentino's sister and niece!

    According to Baltasar Cue, Valentino always claimed DeSaulles was "the purest love of my life," a phrase brimming with meaning. However, Cue also claimed the woman he really wanted was Rambova.

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  4. On this subject, I would say Cue's book The True Rudolph Valentino was probably The most relevant. În IT, Cue îs also somewhat unsure about Who was alentino's biggest love, because he heard him saying its Bianca, but also Natacha or Pola and one more misterious woman we might never know. I would say Natacha would be The closest answer to The truth. However, one phrase from The book struck me and remained în my memory : his friend Manuel Reachi telling him AT some Point "Boy, îs that The only truth you have said în all your hectic life".
    When you read and Discover with how many women he was actually involved, I would say we Will never know The truth because he himself probably never told The whole truth about IT. He was probably aware that he was on his way to become a legend and tried to portray himself probably more honest a man than he was în reality.

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    1. Yep! It's all about managing the public's perception of you!

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  5. Very interesting that de Saulles’ awful husband threatened to divorce her and name Valentino the party she compromised herself with. The notion that Valentino and Blanca had a chaste relationship strains credulity. That woman was nothing if not wily. It is virtually certain that she allowed Valentino sufficient sexual liberties to ensure his cooperation with her scheme. And poor Rudy fell hook, line and sinker.

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    1. Does it strike me anyone else as odd that Bianca would have Valentino name Ms. Glass, the dancing partner, in court as her husband's mistress whilst Ms. Glass was bonking Senior Rudolfo? Seems mighty reckless. You know the old saying "Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

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    2. I think he was most taken with her money and social status. If it weren't for that, he wouldn't have bedded her or touched her with a ten foot pole. As much as I admire Rudy, I think it true to say that he was very much social climber from the moment he stepped on U.S. soil and probably before then.

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  6. Oops, I meant to say that Mrs. DeSaulles was bonking Senior Rudolfo, not Ms. Glass. We all know Ms. Glass was bonking Mrs. DeSaulles husband.

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  7. I believe it îs Joan Sawyers Who was sleeping with DeSaulles and she was Rudy's dance partener at The time. I also believe as The previous comentator said, that he was kind of social climber, at least în the first few years în America and for that he used mostly women because it was easier for him. I also believe that were Blanca poor, he wouldnt have given her so much attention.

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