Thursday, February 10, 2022

Did She Have a Type?

A reader left a comment on my previous post musing about Alvaro Ursaiz' resemblance to Valentino. Natacha's second husband Alvaro was Spanish and they lived on Mallorca, restoring villas as a pastime. Neither one needed to work as both were fairly royalty.

Michael Morris was contacted by a gentleman from Mallorca who found through a twist of fate, the daughter of Alvaro and Natacha's maid and chauffeur. She was guardian of a remarkable cache of new photos of Natacha's marriage to Alvaro and life in Palma. 

I was honored to be charged with completing Michael's book after he passed away so suddenly. I do know Michael believed Natacha had a type of man and that was "foreign". Two Russians, an Italian and a Spaniard... his posthumous book, Beyond Valentino contains all of the Mallorcan photos, made public for the first time. 

I am sure had Michael lived, he might have not included some of the photos. But after he was gone, I realized the subject would never be revisited by him again and I just included them all. I am glad I did. 

So Alvaro is not one of my favorite characters but here are a few photos from the Mallorcan collection. What do you think? Does he resemble Rudy or not? 


The women are Alvaro's cousins from Madrid. Alvaro center with striped shirt and Natacha with white turban. 


Natacha with her theosophist friend, the adventure novel author Talbot Mundy and on her left, Alvaro.


Alvaro with Natacha's pekes by the fountain at Chateau Juan les Pins. 


Natacha in white turban and Alvaro on her left. The man second from left in the white shirt is L.Ron Hubbard. According to Michael. 

18 comments:

  1. I don't think Urzaiz looks anything like Valentino, but I think Ms. Zumaya is correct. Rambova seemed to be drawn to foreign men. Perhaps because she was so exotic herself.

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  2. There is a limit to what can be captured in casual photographs, but, to my eye, Alvaro looks nothing like Valentino, nor is he a particularly attractive man. Doubtless his “noble” lineage and wealth added compelling layers for some. I think Natacha most definitely had a strong preference for non American men, which actually isn’t a predilection all that unique. Evelyn, I would be curious to know why you do not hold Alvaro in high esteem.

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    1. I know Natacha and Alvaro were friends later in life but he did dump her and at a bad time in her life. She was recovering from a heart attack at the chateau and he came to visit a few times from Mallorca before he told her he was in love with someone else. He asked her for an annulment. His politics were also tough to take. He supported Franco and his fascists and also worked with the Germans in WW2. Just not such a dear really to me.

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  3. "Beyond Valentino" îs in my library along "Madam Valentino" and I am proud of my "possesions" :2 beautiful, well documented books on Natacha Rambova. I hope one day to go on holidays în Mallorca and maybe visit Natacha's place.. I love combining leisure with my historic interests. As for The Men în Natacha's life, I do believe she hâd a type as Michael Morris put it : foreign, handsome and cultured guys... Of course she hâd high standard. Alvaro was not a man to throw away either , I mean he hâd Noble lineage, money, he was handsome, etc. I also believe that Natacha kind of settled for Alvaro as she was around 35 at that time. Unfortunately, their marriage didnt last either... It seems to me like Natacha was a loner deep down... Just my impression after reading at least The 2 books on her.

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  4. Do we know if L. Ron Hubbard ever mentioned his visits to Mallorca?

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    1. No, I never looked into that. Michael was sure that was him. Maybe before scientology when he was an author and could have known Talbot Mundy.

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    2. Curiously we did find that Pola N. did go to Mallorca then.

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    3. That's interesting. Then we can't completely rule out a Negri visit.

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    4. I really had a hard time believing that would happen but Maria Salome carried that story all her long life as told by her parents. It was important to her. What chutzpah for Negri to stop by the Mallorcan villa... but who knows. I bet there is more to be found on that.

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    5. Pola lived on the French Riviera for a while. Something to look into.

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  5. Noticed on DB twitter that RV Widows havent got the smarts to type in their real names. As if qe will put our names on this blog so the totally insecure author can bully us into silence. These anonymous comments show that we can discuss topics without being bothered by anyone else.

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    1. Exactly! While they want people to believe they are carrying out "Valentino studies", they in fact troll people who support us and go after them. I have cited many instances of this in the past but will not mention them again because they will do the same. "Insecure author" indeed!

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    2. Very intelligent comments.

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  6. By the way " insecure author " can save himself the trouble and try not to trick us into giving our names on the internet. As for asking for a friend we can guess who that might be seeing DB does not have many of them. OH by the way Bret calling the widows ugly, we are attractive inside and out. Pushing us to the point that we engage in a fight with you!

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    1. This from a gnome who uses at least 6 aliases on Valentino forums. Try to use your real name on MAtB or WNF, Bret/Morris/Vollmer/Edelman/etc. Let's see how quickly you are welcomed as a member. And that goes double for your partner, Mz. O'Martin.

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    2. Not a chance.

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  7. Bret is trying to intimidate us.

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  8. Certainly feeling the heat , aren't they.

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