Monday, October 4, 2021

Anabel Henderson Tells All

In the continuing documentation of the first-hand testimony of women who were Rudolph Valentino's lovers, we present Ms. Anabel Henderson. Her identity is valid as she checks out in ship registries and census records. The first article posted (see below) reveals some of her history, i.e. her divorce at 17 from a fake “Lord” who danced the tango in New York at the same time Valentino was doing the same.

Anabel wrote her account in “Love Revelations” magazine published in 1941. I am able to share some of the first installment (there were five) which is worth the read! She was a beautiful, young heiress who would certainly have been Valentino's “type”.

I think the best way to read the pages would be to download them, so “Buona Fortuna!”... and Enjoy. 



29 comments:

  1. So this îs The woman Rudy was seen with în Paris and that îs why some authors claimed he met Natacha while he was în Paris. He îs such a puzzle, I cant keep track of The women.. And he also asked her to marry him... It seems like there are quite a few he asked to marry him, I suppose he wasnt serious. But still, what if one or all of them said yes?

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  2. According to Baltasar Cue, Valentino saw many women that the public never knew about at the time.

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  3. It's very telling Anabel found a photo of Pola in Valentino's bedroom. Was he trying to make her jealous? If I recall, Pola found a photo of Lady Loughborough in Valentino's bedroom when she crashed his dinner party for Loughborough at Falcon Lair. I think Valentino was being a real scamp in both instances!

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    1. It seems to me too. I agree with you.

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  4. I think what we’re seeing here is that Valentino had an urgent need to keep all of his pockets full at all times. It was clearly essential to him to have access to intimate romantic relationships with several women simultaneously. That must kill many people who believe in his sainthood, or that he was more invested in his relations with men, but there it is. Natacha was well aware of her husband’s proclivities as is obvious from her play and her pathetic letter to Douglas Gerard which Cue reproduces. My guess is that Valentino was wired this way and the MO was set from a very young age. As he said in his letter to childhood friend Bruno, “I go from one girl to the next.” Not hyperbole, but his God’s honest truth.

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  5. Rudy’s strategic use of photos to fan the flames of jealousy is familiar and rather charming. It is wonderful that Rudy’s letters to Anabel are reproduced in the article. The handwriting and the voice in the letters are unmistakably his. I love that Anabel found Caron’s Tabac Blond among his toiletries.

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  6. I think we have to distinguish the Valentino man before and after the divorce from Rambova. Divorce had hurt his heart, natasha was his great love and his life was never the same and began to be unruly, at times crazy .... with an evident bulimia of women which I think was a way to numb that pain. Yes he was not a saint and he never was but, during his marriage to Natasha, he was genuinely devoted to her. She remained the queen of his heart to the end

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    1. I believe Rambova was the greatest love of Valentino's life, but not the only love. There is too much evidence to prove he saw other women while married to her. Even she admitted it. He seemed to want to keep woman he knew through the years dangling indefinitely. Apparently, he just couldn't let any of them go. He even tried to reconnect with Blanca DeSaulles at one point. For whatever reason, he was seen with Acker in the weeks before he died. And she was one that needed to be dumped!

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    2. I agree completely with this analysis. There was a post recently on a Valentino forum about one Katherine Lewis, evidently yet another young beauty with whom Valentino kept up a romantic connection and correspondence, throughout his marriage to Rambova. The effort he put into maintaining his connections with these women is remarkable, even more so given that for part of this time he was involved in a consuming, passionate relationship with Rambova. As for the dowdy Acker, I can only conclude that Valentino’s inability to cut off ties with her is evidence of a frightening capacity for self loathing. Acker degraded and humiliated Valentino for eternity. He ought to have consigned her to the dust bin.

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    3. I may be in the minority here, but I think Acker was blackmailing him over the syphilis issue. I think meeting up with him in NYC those final weeks was just payoff time.

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    4. You are not in the minority! It is almost certain that Acker was twisting Valentino’s arm up to the last possible moments, shaking him down. And she would have had no qualms about leveraging his syphilis. Those tearful visits to the hospital were likely for the purpose of finding out whether she was provided for under his Will. I’m glad he was noncommunicative. I believe Acker had the psychological makeup of a serial killer. Had her life taken an ever so slightly different turn she would be notorious for a murder spree, all her victims male.

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    5. The divorce did hurt him, I believe he was acting the way that he was because of the love he still felt for Natasha. I do believe that Natasha Rambova was the best thing to ever happen to Valentino.So sad that they could stay married to each other.

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    6. That Natasha could not stay married to Valentino, I meant.

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  7. It îs my impression that The way he started out în Italy as a teenager sleeping with prostitutes and showgirls would generally continue în his years that followed, especially since women would drop like flies în his arms. He was probably The luckiest man în the world from this perspective. However, it was a pattern behaviour that would have been hard to change and I dont think he ever change it completely, not even with Natacha. The fortune teller he went to see with Vilma Banky told him that he should never marry again, that he would have many liasons, but he should t marry again... He was not The Best husband material I would say.

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  8. Was he suffering from Histronic Personality Disorder?

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    1. No. I think he just loved women.

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  9. I believe he suffered from Dongiovannism, a sexual behavior disorder for wich he feels the compulsive need to seduce all the woman he meets or almost. I studied it during my forensic university exam

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    1. And people wonder why Natacha always looked miserable and never smiled in photographs!

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    2. If Valentino had been a wholly faithful man during his marriage to Rambova, his only sin being imposing distance between Rambova and his professional dealings, there is no way in hell she would have retaliated with an extramarital affair. Her payback was specifically tailored to match the indignities she endured in her marriage.

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    3. And also now i understand why she betrayed him. The behavioral pattern acquired in childhood marked him even in adulthood. At the base of Don Juanism there is an insecure personality that, through the concquest, seeks personal confirmation . These people never fall in love however i believe that for Natasha he felt a sincere feeling that neverthless did not cure him from this disorder. I believe that even his often hasty marriage requests are a sign of a basic insecurity, almost as if he desired an emotional stability wich he felt the need for anyway

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    4. I agree with the previous comment that Natacha's affair was retaliation for the humiliation she suffered due to Valentino's affairs, discreet as his flings may have been. And I concur with the comment that Valentino's pattern seeking personal conquests began in his childhood. Valentino made no secret of his dalliances with woman as a young teenager. He learned about women very early and, while some will disagree, I am forced to believed he learned how to play them to his advantage.

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    5. I'm interested in hearing other opinions of Anabel Henderson's story. Do you find it believable?

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    6. 100% believable. She had letters from him which were reproduced in the articles. They are in his handwriting and sound like him. I haven’t seen the complete series, but I understand in one of the articles Anabel describes a small “divorce party” that Rudy throws for himself at the Plaza Athenee, which he asks her to host with him. Someone was able to corroborate the existence of this party by uncovering an article which listed the guests, and Anabel’s name was included.

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    7. Why should it not be believable? If you think about it, there are huge chunks of Rudy's life we don't know anything about. Stories from people like Henderson fill in a lot of the gaps.

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    8. Anna’s observation that Valentino’s history of hasty marriage proposals signifies a fundamental insecurity and a (likely desperate) wish for elusive emotional stability is just brilliant. I had never considered this facet of his personality as a feature of Don Juanism before. Thank you Anna for opening this up.

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    9. grazie mille per le tue parole ....thank you very much for your words:-)

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