Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Natacha Rambova Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Rudolph Valentino

Natacha Rambova was the best thing that ever happened to Rudolph Valentino. People who knew them said the same and agreed for a few years they were happy and very much in love. What went wrong, of course, is the subject of endless debate. In my opinion, they would have had more life together as a couple had he not died. I think I provided some new and compelling evidence to that. (see Astral Affairs Rambova and The Rudolph Valentino Case Files)
The weak and jealous may try to demean their love. They fail. One of my favorite photographs...


 

15 comments:

  1. Agree totally ! They were very much in love. Their closest friends say that they were, much more reliable than those who did not know them. The situation that they were in was just impossible.

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  2. Let's face it, Rudy didn't need a wife he needed a mother. He was the only child Natacha needed to raise!

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    1. Natacha let that cat out of the bag in All That Glitters. But Rudy was not so powerless as he let on because he was the one who cut her out of his business and sent her away.

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  3. Such a beautiful photograph. They both look good (Rudy's ears sticking out a little bit though šŸ˜€) and relaxed. I am convinced Natacha Rambova was the love of his life. I am not 100% sure about Who The love of Natacha's life was. I am Ć®nclined to believe it was Svetoslav Roerich, but it might have been Valentino. I am saying this because both Men Natacha got involved with after Rudy's death were said to have resembled him. Maybe she tried to find him Ć®n the Men he got involved with afterwards. Either ways, it's an extraordinary love story between 2 fascinațing beautiful people.

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    1. I think she did try to find him in her subsequent lovers. It is interesting that Roerich even posed in some of the same costumes Rudy wore. Michael Morris pointed this out. It is also revealing Michael Morris said Natacha's cousin told him everyone in the family knew not to randomly mention Valentino. Only Natacha could choose the moment to talk about him because it was a painful subject.

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  4. Those who repeatedly issue the same vapid "Rambova ruined his career" assertions do not know what the hell they are talking about. If anything, it was the other way around. After the marriage, as Valentino's career kicked into high gear, Rambova's promising position in the film world sank like a stone. I think this is all the proof one needs that Rambova loved Valentino unconditionally. Due to her auspicious career as a set designer, Rambova could have become as famous as a Cecil Beaton or Cedric Gibbons. As an independently wealthy woman, she did not have to rely on any else's income. And as unconventional as she was, she could have easily decided to continue living with Valentino without all the legalities. But she gave it all up to marry him at a time when there was no pressing reason for her to make that move unless she was terribly in love with him and he with her. And while I believe Valentino always had to have other women on a string - whether due to insecurity or an insatiable force of habit - Rambova stood out from the rest of the crowd. She was not one to be dangled on a chain with incessant proposals. Fortunately for him, Valentino was keen enough to understand that.

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    1. Indeed. Anyone still chirping that she was "after Valentino's money" or his fame... has not been paying attention to the facts. She was a successful star in Hollywood as a designer when she met Rudy and was always fabulously wealthy, never needed a dime from him. At her tender age she had already reached the pinnacle of design and art direction. It makes me sad Michael Morris is not here to be in on this conversation. He felt so strongly about her artistic influence on Rudy and enough so to title a chapter in Beyond Valentino, "The Woman Behind the Myth". He wrote so eloquently about her influence in that little essay.

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    2. If there was anything about Rambova that may have intimidated Valentino or brought on a wave of insecurity, it would have been her enormous talent and creative nature. Rambova's influence was invaluable.

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    3. From Michael Morris, "Of all her lovers, Natacha Rambova exercised her greatest influence on silent film icon Rudolph Valentino. She would transform him from the mustachioed villain of his earliest films, prior to their meeting in 1920, into the pomaded leading man he became. Natacha's influence over Valentino catapulted him into the paragon of style and costumed elegance thereby defining his legacy and ensuring his role as a Hollywood icon.
      Valentino's polished image and screen pageantry was also an inevitable consequence of his passionate relationship with Natacha Rambova."

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    4. I love your statement! It's interesting that you mention the incessant proposals. Some men use proposals as a predatory tool. I don't think of Rudy as a predator but more of an opportunist. And, why shouldn't he be an opportunist? However, there are some men who use that proposal tactic as a means to seduce and capture a woman. Once she surrenders and the chase is over, he loses interest. Some women hear mention of a proposal and are completely smitten and inclined to give in to a lustful situation. It definitely makes for an exciting, romantic several hours or several days. Yes, I do believe Rudy likely enjoyed telling a woman what she wanted to hear.

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  5. natasha was the soul of the couple and was instrumental in the construction of the myth. I am convinced that they loved each other deeply for a while, then the first cracks appeared. It is difficult to say who was to blame for the end of the marriage, I think they both made mistakes and misunderstandings arose also because of the different cultural backgrounds to which they belong. Valentino did not hesitate to cut her out of his private and professional life for a betrayal that should have made him reflect on the exasperation of that misunderstood and betrayed woman, who had duties, including loyalty, but apparently not rights. Valentino was a man from southern Italy who grew up with precise mental patterns including a precise ideal of a wife distant from the concept that could have an independent woman, a protofeminist.

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  6. That's a gorgeous photo. In particular, Natacha looks amazing and happy.

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