Monday, February 14, 2022

Living the Quiet Life

The letter I share below was written by Natacha Rambova from Mallorca to her cousin Ann Wollen. Ms. Wollen gave it to Michael Morris and it is now a part of his archive (or raw data as he used to call it). I was given legal custody of the archive shortly after Michael's death and am pleased to say I have been contacted many times by legitimate Natacha researchers. I am always eager to share the materials. I will be posting the archive online at some point and still find it interesting to read some things again for a new perspective.

In this single page of Natacha's letter, I found her to be light-hearted, humorous in writing about the “back-house” used as a toilet and her description of the simple home where they were living at the time to be charming. Contrary to the erroneous portrayal of her as a cold-hearted woman, she seems to be amused and carefree here.

I never expected to spend so much time learning about Natacha Rambova. But with Michael's death, she became my subject while I finished his book, Beyond Valentino and went on to write Astral Affairs Rambova. It was such a privilege. 

For all of the wickedness targeting this queen, this letter stands as proof of her true personality, revealed for posterity as she typed these lines one day in her Mallorcan home. She brags about her husband Alvaro and tells her cousin, Ann that she and her puppy “Bimbo” are “living the quiet life”. I am happy this little document survived. I really am. It is her essence.




39 comments:

  1. What an amazing find ! Would like to know more about Natasha and her life. Michael Morris was a great author.

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    1. He was the best. I was so honored to have him as a friend, mentor and collaborator. Michael introduced my husband Renato and I and he was always so proud of his success as a matchmaker!

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    2. It's a travesty that Terhune's affairsvalentino blog calls into question the Floris' relationship with Michael Morris. He and Bret accuse them of stealing from Father Michael's work and also fabricate that they were not on good terms with Michael at the time of his death. They are the true thieves. Shameful!

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    3. Well they are also liars. Truth was Michael was not a fan of either one of them and called them "the Devil's Brigade" and "Satan's Angels". They know nothing at all about Michael Morris nor our great friendship and working relationship. They just write that to make us suffer and ruin us professionally. They fail and that blog and its content reveals far, far more about them than us.

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    4. Please don't even bother relating what Terhune and his echo, Bret, are dissembling on the blog he stole from Ms. Zumaya. It's all lies and not worth talking about.

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    5. Amen to that! I don’t give a damn what Terhune or any of his hysterical lapdogs have to say about any subject, let alone the work of Zumaya and Floris.

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    6. So true about Terhune and Bret on that blog. It is more about them and their unhappiness.

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  2. It is my understanding that Michael Morris had a very low opinion of Terhune. He made that quite plain after joining Terhune’s forum, We Never Forget, and quitting in disgust almost immediately thereafter. Despite profound misgivings, Michael had hoped to be able to discuss Zumaya’s research and her then upcoming book (Affairs Valentino) with the members of the forum. What Michael found on Terhune’s forum was repellant to him and the antithesis of serious discussion.

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    1. He did and we were both disgusted by the open affiliation of Terhune with Bret. Terhune was linking his filth about us to Bret's many killing blogs defaming us and all while Bret was attacking Michael Morris so obscenely. Michael also took a lot of abuse from them as they collaborated to torture him for supporting me.

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    2. Add the name of Ms. Cindy Martin to those who sully the memory of Fr. Morris and his work. She claimed on Facebook that there was no second Michael Morris book about Natacha and that he just wrote the original. "Beyond Valentino: A Madam Valentino Addendum" was written without his consent she says. My question is: What does Cindy Martin base this lie upon? Her own 'scholarship' in "Valentino Studies"?

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    3. Cindy Martin is completely ignorant about Beyond Valentino, did not know Michael Morris, had zero contact with his family and knows nothing about his work and friendship with me. You ask what does she base these lies upon? Nothing but jealousy. And it is not worth my time to parse that. Lets say she is a well-known liar and I have addressed her pathetic and outrageous lies about me over the years ad nauseam. Enough of it.

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    4. 👏👏👏👏👆

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  3. I love this letter! It reveals a very playful Rambova, someone who is not taking herself too seriously. She seems content and happy. "You will find us in ribald debauchery on the hotel terrace." I wonder if she was this relaxed behind closed doors with Valentino?

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    1. I think they had a great time behind closed doors. But eventually fame and Hollywood took its toll. It is a rare love that can withstand that type of brutality.They we're so young and among jackals and hyenas.

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  4. To read Natacha making an earthy joke about her (and her husband’s) bathroom usage I have to say is a bit off putting. It just doesn’t square with her visual image during her years with Valentino. The tightly wound woman who must have spent hours preparing her appearance each morning seems like someone who, unlike mere mortals, had no need to use a bathroom.

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    1. The same thought went through my mind. Compare the images of her with Valentino, not a hair out of place with the photo of her on the beach in Mallorca with her dogs, a lovely, unconstrained smile on her face, the wind blowing her hair. She is two different women.

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    2. And yet she wasn’t to find lasting happiness with the shadowy Alvaro in Spain either.

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    3. No she did not. Michael believed after her heartbreak with Alvaro, Rambova embraced the life of an ascetic. I am not so sure. Her relationships with Hasselriis and Piankoff were very spicy. When she died she had Piankoff's Power of Attorney and had sole control over his bank accounts much to the horror of his wife. This is all revealed for the first time in Beyond Valentino... Michael's beautiful posthumous book which Martin trashed from day one. How could she dare to pretend to care about Rambova when she went about acting as if she had some inside scoop that it was not his book?

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    4. I am amazed by this letter. Valentino's Ice Princess is warm, witty, entertaining, and shows a real zest for the life she is living with Alvaro. I like to think she was this happy with Rudy, but she seemed so self-controlled with him. Behind the scenes, hopefully, she and Rudy had moments of "ribald debauchery!"

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    5. Why care what Martin thought or thinks about the beautiful Beyond Valentino (which I have and adore)? Just who the hell is this woman? She has no credentials whatsoever and appears uneducated, coarse and without achievements. And yet, somehow she became a Valentino player? How is this possible? She has never, ever been referenced as a source of authority by anybody. The only mentions others have made of her name were in the context of the humiliating thrashings she received from Constable and Gribbin on Mad About the Boy, and Terhune on We Never Forget agreeing to throw her the crumb of posting a blurb about Valentino calendars she hoped to sell a few years back. Just does not sync with the stature she portrays herself as having.

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    6. I do not care what Martin thinks about the book but I do care when she is announcing to a Valentino forum that Michael did not write the book and that I took advantage of a grieving family, etc. Also writing a blogger who published an interview with me to tell them I was a forger, a liar, etc. That is straight up impeding our right to do business and defamation. And your point about the "stature she portrays" has always led me to believe she always was a "player" and is not at all who they present her to be online.

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  5. We are all very familiar with that tired old goose Martin’s outrageous lies and fabrications. No need to replay them here.

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  6. Indeed why spoil everything by mentioning her name.

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  7. The worst thing about people like Martin, O'Bannon, Terhune, Bret etc. is that, sadly, they have poisoned the well in the online presence of Valentino. Through their social media presence, many people coming to know his life and legacy for the first time are being intercepted by the influence of these horrible people. That's very tragic.

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    1. Unsuspecting people with a genuine interest in Valentino sign up with no clue who these people really are. I have heard from so many over the years who left angry and disgruntled by that presence. It is tragic. And imo all because a man, who fancies himself the leader, established a ridiculously false narrative about it all way back when and has since pushed his propaganda to the limit. Brainwashing people into thinking the way he wants them to and this constitutes a cult construct. #freerudy

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  8. Nuts and babbling imbeciles over there on the other side! Liar, liar, cult on fire!

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  9. For the life of me, I've never understood what he gets out of it.

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    1. They are people with no moral standard at all. Willing to torture two people for years on end because they wrote a book. They all belong in jail for harassment and defamation. Every single one of them imo. Its a total disgrace the Valentino family does not take charge of that awful situation.

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  10. The truly deranged angle here is that this rare and enlightening Rambova letter is literally treated as though it does not exist by our feeble friends Gribbin and company. Why? Because Lord Terhune does not own the letter, and because Michael Morris has been disappeared. And the ever attention seeking Gribbin has opened a FB forum dedicated to Rambova, because in her estimation, Gribbin’s efforts are needed to rehabilitate Rambova’s reputation. This letter is utterly germane to Gribbin’s stated mission, but she has assiduously covered her ears, balled up her fists and pressed them into her eyes to avoid contact with Rambova material from Michael Morris and Evelyn Zumaya. All on the command of Terhune. When are you gonna learn old girl? Your free flight to California and keynote speech at the Memorial is never happening!

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    1. Well said! I think the key point you make is that "Lord Terhune" issues his "commands" I think he has brainwashed these people so heavily they can not break rank in the tiniest way. And that command includes believing we and all our work is untouchable. Yet I have been contacted several times by Rambova researchers and worked for almost a year with the folks in Spain who made that documentary. I have never been contacted by Gribbin or O'Martin as they are forbidden to do anything of the kind by their "Lord Terhune". The incredible body of data accumulated by Michael and myself is ignored by those women who imo glom onto Natacha because she was Valentino's wife and slept with the man. It fits so seamlessly into their egoic fantasies. Martin admitted in a message to Renato that she agreed she had been brainwashed by Terhune. I guess she did not step away quite far enough. I do not see Martin being a key note speaker at the crypt on the invite of the Lord Terhune either but boy these two sure keep working awfully hard to be in his good graces. Horrible situation.

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    2. Agree wholeheartedly with the insight that Gribbin and the other Rambova “champions” are driven by the fantasy that if they prop Rambova up they can step into her shoes and Valentino’s arms. So damn sad.

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  11. How exactly was Rambova related to Ann Wollen, and how much younger was Wollen?

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  12. Ann was a cousin and daughter of Katherine Peterson. Sister of Natacha's mother Muzzie. I can look into dates. She was considerably younger than Natacha and I think born in the 1920's. She died a few years ago in her late 90's. She worked closely with Michael and gave him everything she had and a written document stating he had her permission to use it all in his Rambova work. There are many letters written by Natacha in Michael's archive and all of her Bollingen correspondence.

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  13. " Lord Terhune " Good one , all bow down to his feet.

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    1. I do not make any of my claims lightly. But I find it the height of hypocrisy that Gribbin and Martin can claim any true interest in Rambova while they support Terhune, Constable, Bret as they portray Rambova as everything she was not. If Gribbin and Martin were honest in their Rambova mission, the very first thing they would do is to distant themselves from those three who do everything they can to heave Valentino's great queen in the trash. Especially Terhune with his tired old propaganda that she was the "worst thing to ever happen to Valentino". How was that true? She was the best thing that ever happened to him and Ullman wrote that Rambova elevated Valentino and he was forever grateful. Michael Morris definitively argued Rambova made Valentino. Which he wrote about so eloquently in Beyond Valentino. Gribbin and Martin's campaign to reclaim Rambova is utter BS imo as long as they run with her detractors.

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  14. I'm not sure that you can count Gribbin and Martin amongst those trying to further Rambova's cause. Seems the "Babykins" Facebook page is just another excuse for Gribbin to every evening wish a "goodnight" to 100 year old photos and have her devotees follow up with more cloying emojis of hearts and animated gifs.

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    1. Just took a quick look at the Babykins forum and it appears Gribbin may have spread herself too thin. There is virtually no engagement, save the daily nighty nites.

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