Saturday, January 8, 2022

A Michael Morris Musing


 

9 comments:

  1. Never did the phrase, "A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,"apply to anyone more than it does to Natacha Rambova.

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    1. Yes. I remember being surprised reading Herbert Howe saying Natacha had an easy and infectious laugh. Who knew?

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  2. Yes, that îs my impression too, that Natacha more than Rudy worked hard at keeping an "image", a perfect one. But I dont think it bought her hapiness... When I read about her love life, it seems to me that The Men în her life didnt love her so much, except for Rudy, as they all seem to have left her. My guess îs she was rather cold, probably as a defense mecanism after being disappointed with Men early în her life. Even though she was fascinațing as a woman, artist, etc.,she does not strike me as loving, warm person. I believe what lacked în Natacha, you could find în Rudy (warmth, sweetness, easy going, I think altogether he loved people, women especially) and vice versa

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    1. I don't believe that Rambova was cold, but rather she was reserved. There's a difference. Many people do not wear their emotions on their sleeve. We don't know what she was like behind closed doors, but when I read about that first year she and Valentino were together in her little bungalow, hunting for food and devising ways to make some needed coin, to me she sounds like a fun companion for him. I think she only opened up to people she loved. It seems all of the men she knew let her down in one way or another, but, fortunately, she had the brains and grit to reinvent her life.

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    2. If she were cold, or colder she might not have suffered so much. After Kosloff she had physical scars to heal, after Valentino and his death she had a nervous breakdown imo, and after Alvaro she suffered a heart attack.

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    3. In addition, did I hear a mention that she was molested as a child and then her mother sent her out of the country to boarding school? Maybe she did that to protect her? Can you imagine being a child having gone through something like that and then being sent away? If it happened like that, I would imagine it could inflict some real psychological trauma on a child. Could that be another reason why she was, or appeared to be, cold?

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    4. That is correct. Michael told the story from Natacha's cousin Ann Wollen how Natacha fought back a bit too hard against a relative's "horsing around". Whatever that meant, Natacha was sent off to boarding school in England when she was eight. I think it was to hide the incident entirely. Michael always believed it explained how she seemed to be looking for her lost childhood happiness. There is no doubt a great deal of Natacha's fighting spirit and artistry is due to Aunt Elsie DeWolfe. Those summers with Elsie were so formative.

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    5. Imagine your mother shipping you off at the age of 8 to cover up a family secret.

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    6. No I can not imagine that horror. How unloved she must have felt and how frightening. She had to be tough to survive that. I always like reading how she survived by reading books on mythology. She was a mythical goddess herself.

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