Tuesday, February 22, 2022

A Tough Reality

On the subject of the promotion of Valentino being gay, the comments left on the last couple of posts had me remembering something in this regard. In 2008, Michael Morris ran into a friend of his, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and suggested there was a story to be told about the frivolous outing of dead celebrities; which was especially the case with Valentino. He gave the reporter a list of names to contact and mine was front and center because I had just written an article about the Valentino gay issue and was about to head to Turin to speak on the subject.

The reporter interviewed me frequently the end of 2008 and told me a great deal about his other interviews. He told me Donna Hill would not speak with him because she said I set the article up. I did not and her reaction was before I even published Affairs Valentino. He interviewed Emily Leider who told him I criticized her publicly for not contacting the Ullmans. I did not know how that could have been true because back then I had no public.

Jeanine Villalobos told the reporter they had a copy of the 1975 Ullman memoir which they had all read, shocking news because they “all” never made a tiny mention about its existence or content... and Tracy Terhune was interviewed and would not say he thought Valentino was gay.

The reporter also interviewed the woman at Hollywood Forever who gives the guided tours. She told him she was given two different scripts to deliver about Valentino. One for straight folks and another for gay people. Now soon after the reporter told me that, she called him and begged him not to put that in print. He did not because the article was quashed at the last moment. I believe by the Alberto Valentino family because there was too much about Ullman and my work but the reporter told me it was because the paper feared a gay backlash.

There was nothing remotely homophobic in his final article as he read it to me. Nothing at all. It is a sickening story to think this dynamic even exists at all....and if anyone is contemplating accusing me of making this up I say sorry I did not. I do not write fiction. I was told by a very reputable reporter that Hollywood Forever had their tour guide customize Valentino's history to appease or please a gay audience. I find that very homophobic to even demean someone who is gay by assuming they would want to have history customized? Insanity. Integrity matters. But I and my husband have been made to suffer unendingly for not changing history.

Having my reputation ruined by Bret, Terhune, Constable et al as they tout the party line, calling me homophobic, my work “fan fiction” and accusing me of inventing material has been devastating. And hearing their taunts repeated by their thankfully few... brainwashed followers is heartbreaking. 

On this blog I defend myself, my husband, his fine work and all of our books. I wish it were a different situation but it is not and I have no choice but to not let their defamation and slander ruin our lives and our livelihood. Their behavior is bullying by definition and a decade of evidence and a standing verdict in our favor in the defamation case I won v. David Bret, more than proves my point. How could I, or any thinking person, see these people as legitimate when they torture us for years on end to bury our books? How can they be considered legitimate when they censor our documented truths about Valentino?  How can they be considered legitimate when they contort Valentino's history to suit their agenda? 

17 comments:

  1. DB is nothing more than a troublemaker I believe he is the one who back the theory that Rudy was gay.

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  2. It is distressing to read the reporter’s comments about what Hill, Leider, Villalobos and Terhune said to him. Hill does not occupy higher ground or have more legitimacy than Zumaya, and the notion that she would not deign to participate in an article she falsely accused Zumaya of organizing reveals her to have an absurdly outsized estimation of her own worth. As for Leider, she SHOULD have contacted the Ullmans, it was part of her due diligence as Valentino’s biographer. And how does she reconcile the fact that the 1975 Ullman memoir was apparently in the possession of the very people she cultivated as she researched her book, and yet they chose not to make her aware of it? What else did they curtain off from her? And what does the 1975 Ullman memoir contain that is so unpardonable and such an affront to Ms. Villalobos and her family that they have gone to the extraordinary lengths they have to conceal it from the public? Having read the memoir myself, I do not have a clue. Finally, why did Ms. Villalobos opt not to write about Valentino’s life after 1920? Because it was only after 1920 that Alberto and Jean travelled to Falcon Lair and met Ullman? It’s all so weird, and considering that the hardcore audience for Valentino material is exceedingly small, it is, in the end, much ado about next to nothing.




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    1. Do not understand that either what has Ullman done to deserve some disdain from the Valentino family. Other than Alberto who was jealous of their friendship.

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    2. It's really inconceivable that someone deemed the biographer of record by the self-proclaimed VSC did not bother to seek out the family of Valentino's manager and friend, G. Ullman. Did the family not make Leider aware they had the memoir or did they tell her to forget interviewing the Ullman family for a reason? It is perplexing. Comment 1:24 has asked some very good questions.

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  3. I would not put it past if these people from MATB and WNF read this blog to get the truth. If they swallow everything to what the team says then they are not bright people at all. They go along with it so they will not be thrown off the sites.

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  4. It was such a good move from you Evelyn to get în touch with the Ulmann family and then publish George Ulmann 1970s Memoirs. I think it stands as one of The most reliable and accurate testimony on Rudy's sexuality and his passion for women. The truth always comes out în the end

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  5. Also, I do not think "The devil's brigade" managed to tarnish your reputation. Anyone Who îs really interested în reading serious books on Valentino's life, I am sure they consider your works as one of The Best

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    1. I agree with Casandra. Facebook mice don't have any power beyond their little slice of cheese.

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    2. You and Renato have done a splendid job uncovering stories about Valentino that continue to interest people.

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  6. Those people are complete idiots, liars, and are full of it.

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  7. It is indisputable that the 1975 Ullman memoir definitively addressed almost every heretofore unanswered question about Valentino. It was/is a game changer. How pathetic that people like Gribbin and Hill pretend that the memoir doesn’t exist because they wish to please Alberto’s family. They have no respect for themselves. How ridiculous they are, like overfed ostriches with their heads buried in the sand.

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  8. And then of course, there is Terhune, who openly gloats that the 1975 Ullman memoir has been within the possession of “the family” all along, and that because they regard him so highly, they have shared the contents with him. Absurd. Does he not realize that he has exposed their dishonesty and bad faith with this boasting? And why doesn’t his rapidly waning constituency (Gribbin and O’Martin have bested him by annexing the village of Castellaneta to the membership list of Mad About the Boy) ask him for his thoughts on the 1975 memoir? One thing is for sure, we know that neither Terhune nor Alberto’s team acquired the 1975 memoir from the Ullman family, as did Zumaya. Therefore, anything in Terhune’s or the team’s hands that they call the 1975 memoir must be mistrusted. Lord knows I mistrust every word that comes out of Terhune’s mouth.

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    1. The Ullman's were shocked when I told them the Valentino family had a copy of that memoir. Both Bob and Bunny Ullman immediately accused Bill Self of making copies of it which their father knew nothing about. You are exactly on point with your assessment.

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    2. I can think of only one reason why the Valentino family regards Terhune highly: They want to keep an eye on all the items that actually belong to them.

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