Thursday, March 31, 2022

Clambering Into the Crypt

The tales of the crypt have been told many times, the one below also. But I found the graphic illustration just fabulous and had to share it....as “she” clambers into the crypt. I added the article (below the illustration) which appeared in this format in The Fresno Bee on April 6, 1932 on p. 45.

Somehow the year of Rudolph Valentino's death is erroneously cited twice as being in 1925. But other than that, this is a fair telling of the familiar legend. 







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  1. Crazy read...thanks for posting it.
    If they see this, the Facebook "Golden Girls" might get some ideas.
    Good thing Gribbin (she who publicly posts her fantasies online about being pregnant with Rudy's children) is safely on the other side of the country in Brooklyn!

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  2. This is a captivating snapshot in time. And, yet, if you change the year from 1932 to 2022, it would still be believable.

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    1. Oh that is so true. Not much has changed really!

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    2. Interesting story!

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  3. It does make one wonder...
    Over the years, what unwholesome things has Terhune possibly been up to at the crypt "after hours"?

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    1. I would hope he would always be respectful there but some of his seasonal decorations and birthday balloons would qualify as "unwholesome" imo.

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    2. Why wish someone a Happy Birthday or Merry Christmas to one who has been dead for almost one hundred years? Valentino has no more birthdays.

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    3. I guess it is more of a commemoration but it seems maudlin and childish to me to dress the crypt up as if it is a child's birthday party.

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    4. True, the decorations are a bit much, but placing flowers I think would be enough. At least for me.

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    5. As far as all of the gaudy decorations that he litters the crypt with....Terhune obviously does not know the beauty in the meaning of the phrase "noble simplicity".

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  4. Thanks for sharing this.

    I do have to say that I thoroughly enjoy reading this blog. An article like this is presented in full and background info. on it (including publication, date, etc.) is given.

    Meanwhile, over on MAD ABOUT THE BOY, this evening Eleanor Gribben posted a page out of a book that had text about and an image of the fascist Blackshirts who showed up at Campbell's Funeral Chapel for Rudy's viewing.
    Gribbin cites this book page as: THE NY TIMES...................AUGUST 28, 1926💔

    Except it's not from the Times, it's a random page out of a recent book that quotes from the NY Times. It's on pg. 159 of this book she's found that she doesn't cite. Only a portion of a paragraph is contained on the page to make it even more mysterious.

    The kicker is a comment on the image of this uncited book page Gribbin confuses with the NY Times. It's from Albert Batista Morris who begins his comment by saying: "I love MATB for doing the deep research.".

    Good grief. What a crew!

    Makes me appreciate this site all the more!

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    1. The same Albert Bastista Morris who wrote all those deranged emails to me signed as David Bret.

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    2. Interesting. I saw this post on MAtB as well. Now it makes some sense.
      If Albert Batista Morris is indeed Bret, then I think his comment: "I love MATB for doing the deep research". is most certainly a sarcastic swipe at the not so literate Gribbin & the items she posts desperately trying to look like a researcher. Gribbin is too dense to pick up on the dig he's apparently making at her expense.

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    3. Comment 7:24, what specific book did Gribbin get the photo from?

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    4. We don't know. She didn't cite what book it was from. She just had a photocopy of a page.

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  5. I can't believe Alberto did not bury Rudy in Italy. I think he would have preferred to rest in eternity next to his mother, father and baby sister. Maybe Alberto did not want to leave Hollywood. I hate that Rudy is in a wall. At least he is near June Mathis.

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    1. Alberto did eventually buy the crypt from June Mathis' husband, Sylvano Balboni. But does make you wonder why he did not take Rudy back to Italy.

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    2. I believe that Jean, his first wife even said that Rudy would prefer to be buried beside his parents in Italy.

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    3. Maybe. But I doubt many 31 year olds are even thinking about where they will be buried.

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    4. Yes, I agree.

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    5. That is true while Rudy was in the hospital he was not thinking about dying.But living life to the fullest.

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    6. I’m at least comforted that he is next to June Mathis as well. That makes a difference I think. At least we can visit the crypt. I like Natasha but she likely would have had him cremated.

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  6. Agree with the observation at 5:07 PM regarding Valentino being warehoused in a wall compartment. Just wretched in my opinion. And made infinitely worse by the endless parade of cretins who plant lipstick kisses, shed tears and otherwise enact their personal fantasies in front of Valentino’s name plate. Aren’t Alberto and Ada also buried in the crypt? I wonder what Hollywood Forever’s criteria for accepting decedents who were not performers were/are.

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  7. From reading The books, it seems like Alberto agreed with the people from Hollywood, including Charlie Chaplin and other actors/friends of Valentino that asked that he's burried în America because thats what Rudy would have wanted as that îs The country where he made it. And I agree with that. Even though he loved his home country, I think he thought his future and luck îs în America, Italy remained în the past...

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  8. If there was such a clamor from Valentino’s “dear friends” in Hollywood that he be buried in the United States, why the hell didn’t they do the decent thing and pony up the modest amount of cash it would have cost each of them to avoid the necessity of placing his body in a borrowed crypt??!! I mean, really, what astonishing hypocrites/small minded cheapskates they all were!

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    1. If Alberto was not there as family to make decisions maybe that might have happened. It was his call it seems.

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    2. Given what we Know about Alberto’s comfort in accepting a large loan from Pola Negri, I have a hard time believing that he would have refused financial help from Chaplin and others in the name of burying his brother appropriately. And given what we know about the Hollywood community’s failure to support Valentino’s estate by purchasing items at the auction, I have hard time believing that they pressed Alberto to accept their financial help so that Valentino would have decent burial.

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    3. Too bad there wasn’t a woman like Priscilla Presley around when he died to preserve his home, grow his estate, and see to it that his personal belongings weren’t left for hoarders. I know his estate was in the red and an estate auction needed to happen but it’s so unfortunate that all of it had to go. Someone gave Priscilla great advice about Graceland and she was smart enough to take it. Elvis died nearly broke , just like Rudy. What if Falcon Lair could have been preserved and continued to generate income for the estate? What if…What a tragic loss in all of it.

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    4. Well the tragedy was Alberto. Valentino was strapped for cash when he died but not broke. He had valuable real estate, a fat income, and a promise of being a millionaire in the next calendar year. Alberto squandered the estate, and then claimed for years that he never got a penny. This was completely false according to the court records of the estate settlement. Falcon Lair did generate some income for the estate for a while. And I am somewhat sorry all of the data I included in Affairs Valentino is not more widely known as far as how the estate really played out.

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  9. I agree completely with comments 7:35 and 9:02. While all of Hollywood supposedly wept for Valentino, not one of his so-called friends, who numbered among this country's wealthiest, bothered to contribute to a proper resting place for him, even though they had plenty to say about where he should be buried. I've always marveled that Valentino, who had so many "dear friends" emerge decades after his death, was laid to rest in a borrowed crypt.

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  10. I saw a program about Ruby's crypt, he was supposed to stay there temporarily until a more suitable tomb could be made for him. But then the depression came and the tomb was never built. Although I think that he deserves better.

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    1. Valentino died 4-5 years before the US really began to sink into the Great Depression. That's a long time to wait for a suitable burial.

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    2. At first they placed him in June’s crypt and then when she suddenly died less than a year later they moved his body to the crypt on the right that was meant for her husband and then put June into the one where Rudy had lain. Please correct me if I’m wrong. If this is true, it’s so bizarre that they moved him to the right space. Why not just leave him alone and put June in the right crypt? Hell, she owned both of them. Maybe that provided just the right excuse for curious thrill seekers to take a look at his body one last time.

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    3. I am not so in agreement that he is buried in a disreputable grave. He is not buried in a remote church yard but in a crypt in Hollywood which in some ways seems fitting. Just a thought.

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    4. I think the moving between the crypts took place when Balboni sold the crypt to Alberto before he returned to Italy.

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    5. It's not the place that is disreputable. Hollywood Forever is a lovely cemetery, although it is in a rather seedy part of Hollywood, and it has more recently been turned into an event center instead of a dignified resting place. For me, it is the fact, as stated above, that he was interred in a borrowed crypt. There's something very sad about that, something not befitting a star of his magnitude. It's as if he died a friendless pauper.

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    6. I think he died suddenly at a young age. No preparations were made. I am sure they had intentions to do something grand but Alberto muddied the waters. I do not know what other options they had but the greater shame for me with that crypt is that Tracy Terhune is allowed to even walk in there. imo that is desecration. Maybe its not too late for a better resting place.

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    7. I agree with you Evelyn, moving Valentino to another place would be nice. At least his headstone or what you call it would not be smeared with lipstick. My opinion of course.

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  11. When I visited the crypt it was with reverence and awe. Being inches away from Rudy’s earthly body was comforting and I was grateful to be able to pay my respects and say a prayer. I like the mausoleum but shudder to think of those who have unadulterated access to opening it workout anyone being the wiser.

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    1. I would actually be surprised if Valentino's body is actually still in that crypt at all. Knowing what I do at this point.

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    2. So they moved Valentino's body after they tried to open it.

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  12. They open the grave now that is just sick.

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    1. I am not accusing anyone specifically but saying it was tried in the past. And probably has happened. Not naive about that reality any more.

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  13. When did someone try to open the grave?

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    1. If you look at the top photo on this post there is a little inset article about a foiled plot to rob the grave. I think that one never happened.

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  14. That is not an impossibility , I heard when Elvis Presley died, they buried him in the cemetery but some people tried to steal his body and hold it for ransom?

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    1. As unpleasant as a topic as it is, grave robbing is an ancient tradition. Who knows?

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    2. Wonder if they have moved Valentino's body and it is an empty grave. If I was family I would want to move my ancestors body to a secret place known only to the family.

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    3. Comment 5:50, a plot to kidnap Elvis' remains was uncovered. That is why his body was moved to Graceland.

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    4. Yes,that is why he is buried at Graceland.

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  15. Grave robbing is an ancient tradition, must have nerves of steel to do it or just plain greedy.

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