We read the following letter in a podcast, but it merits being shared in writing. Worth a read I think.
From The Arts-Sciences-Lettres, Illustrated Review - Official Publication of the International Union
of Decorative Arts. 10/10/1928. Translated by Renato.
article we published in our last issue, "Rudolph Valentino", has
resulted in many letters that show how much interest is attached to
the artist's memory. M. Jean de Bord de Labotaria, poet..from
the French region of Bretania, writes: "Rudy is immortal and
unforgettable in all his kindness, with his whole heart, all of his
grace was the result of the unalterable charm of his survival. I
know how much he will be loved forever. "
reproduce here the letter we published in our last issue.
the memory of Rudolph Valentino", is
a letter that was sent to the editor of the magazine... LA
RENAISSANCE. Here follows:
I ask you if it is possible to print the following in memory
of Rudolph Valentino. I want to talk to you about the man whose name
I did not even know, when the following happened to me.
had he heard about the people he would save when news of the misery
of these people reached him. This story moved his great and generous
great Russian tragedy (that is, the 1917 revolution) separated us
from my old mother and my nine-year-old daughter during the nightmare
of the November evacuation.
not possible here to tell all that happened and I’ll try to be
brief. So it happened that they, my mother and daughter had to stay
and I had to leave. When I was able to organize myself, my only goal
in life was to try to get them out of Russia.
went to Sophia and I had no money. I had to work and send food
(because there was starvation going on, with millions dying in
Russia) and I hoped that a miracle would save my mother and my child.
there was more work in Serbia I went there. Having been a nurse
during the war, I kept a diary from 1914 until I arrived in
was desperate and in despair I wrote to a gentleman I knew in America
and asked him if he believed that it would be possible to sell my
manuscript to a publisher because Mr. U.W. Choulgume, who read
it, told me it might be of some interest.
my manuscript and with this money I could get back my little family.
This was my fixed idea, I only dreamed of dollars but I did not have
much hope. The answer came back to me from my friend, alas, there was
nothing to do.
gentleman I knew in America had no connections in the world of the
press. But he had been told about a man, adding that he is a very
good being and that he went to visit him. And this man he was talking
about was Rudolph Valentino.
My friend told me that he found the way to have my manuscript
translated into English along with the letter in which I told about
my misfortune. In this letter I asked my friend to send the money, whenever sold my manuscript, to my mother, that may seem
naive, but believe me, I had faith in a miracle, remembering that
there they were starving.
the miracle was accomplished.
said that Rudolph Valentino meditated for a moment, asked to be left
with the letter, and told the gentleman to return the next day.
the next day, my friend learned that the money had already been sent
to my mother and that Rudolph Valentino was taking steps by someone
influential in Italy for the issue of foreign passports.
this man who did not know us, had simply, humanly, without
explanation, without hesitation, the very same day, did everything
possible to save other people on the other side of the world, only
because their misfortune had happened to arrive to him, by chance,
and touched his noble heart.
the day came when I received a telegram: we leave, that same day
towards the border and at last I had the meeting with my mother and my
daughter after three years of separation.
even greater miracle, the day before I left, I received money and a
letter written by an unknown hand and thus conceived: "I beg you
to accept this money. Your mother and child, after so much suffering,
will certainly need care and overeating. They must not be in need.
American friend wrote to me about the result of his contact, saying to
me: "If you knew what a man he is. When I told him that such an act so
chivalrous in our century of frantic selfishness was to be shouted on
the roofs, he said to me vivaciously, 'I beg you, not a word!", it is a
condition that he asked, he did not want to make anything of this
first days when, after three years of separation, we were together
again, thanks to the infinite goodness of the one who God called at
his side, we wrote to him in America.
passed, we came to France. Last winter we were living in Colombes.
Rudolph Valentino came to France, and that winter, three times he
found a way to spend a few moments to see the people he had saved and
rejoice with them in their happiness.
intelligent, subtle, innately delicate, and so natural in each of his
words as in each of his movements, this is how he appeared to us.
I told him he was so great to bring happiness and we owed him our
joy, he replied, "You must not now, later, when I am dead tell about this." And
he added in a half serious tone, half laughing, "I do not think I will
live a long time." Did he feel that before one year he would go to the
nobody can say anymore that he wanted to advertise himself. Now, that
for a year, when all kinds of nonsense,
absurdities have been written about him and only God knows what will be told about his life in
the future... that these lines make his true personality understood,
and I mean a being of a rare beauty of soul and a rare delicacy of
feeling. His memory is sacred to my family. On August 23rd, one year
ago, he died. May these words, issued from a soul forever grateful,
serve him as crown on the distant tomb where he rests; his soul knows
that until the end of our life, I and those who he saved, we will
never stop blessing his name.