Wednesday, April 6, 2022

This Was His Purpose

Natacha Rambova enjoyed the friendship of many great scholars and artists during her years of affiliation with the Bollingen Foundation. I have written about the Bollingen Foundation before and was grateful I learned so much about this remarkable organization.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollingen_Foundation

Natacha's expeditions into the Valley of the Kings were funded by Bollingen grants and this was how she came to know so many other scholars, especially women who were thoroughly involved in ground-breaking research. One of Natacha's friends whose work was also funded by Bollingen grants was the artist and author, Buffie Johnson.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffie_Johnson

http://buffiejohnson.com/www.buffiejohnson.com/home.html

I mention this woman because I think today the women of Bollingen, who conducted such important research, have faded into the past. This said I feel they still deserve acclaim and recognition. I have yet to read Buffie Johnson's life's work Lady of the Beasts: Ancient Images of the Goddess & Her Sacred Animals (see link below) but have decided I will buy a copy and see what her field study was about.

https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Beasts-Goddess-Sacred-Animals/dp/089281523X

Her affinity with Natacha's life work is obvious and it is easy to appreciate their friendship. Both women were so passionate about their deep study of iconography, symbolism, religion and searching for a commonality in the world's cultures through belief systems and spiritual art and ritual.

Michael Morris contacted Ms. Johnson hoping he could interview her about her friendship with Rambova for Madam Valentino. This is the letter he received as a reply. I know he would want it shared because his goal was to have his entire archive shared. This was his purpose in publishing Beyond Valentino...he wanted to publish as much as he could from his archive. I will ensure it is all public as he wished, as this is the sacred work which has been tasked to me. 

Buffie Johnson passed away in 2006 but her letter to Michael presents another first-hand and valuable insight into Natacha Rambova's true personality.

10 comments:

  1. I love the description of Rambova in the third paragraph of Ms. Johnson's letter. "Deeply spiritual...so delightful...spiritually charming..." I believe this is the woman Valentino fell in love with, so very different than the picture of a dour, cold, and overbearing person her detractors try to perpetuate. She was such a determined and talented woman, an excellent role model.

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    1. I always find the comments by those who knew her enlightening. Those who write the trash fiction about her are so wide of the mark. Valentino imo had incredible good fortune to have found Natacha Rambova.

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    2. Valentino was certainly fortunate to have Natacha in his life. She was beautiful and intelligent.

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  2. I love the recollections of those who had meaningful (i.e., non entertainment industry) relationships with her. She seems to have determined early on in her life that it was important to affiliate with individuals of substance. To these people she gave her all, and to others, she gave polite tolerance, but little more.

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  3. The fact that Rambova chose him as a partner in love and in marriage says volumes about Valentino. If he had been the feckless, gullible simpleton as he is often portrayed, she would not have given him a second thought.

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    1. Exactly. The projection about their marriage by ill-informed misogynists is so loathsome. It is based on nothing at all but their hatred of women and their tired propaganda about her being some awful creature. This is sourced to no facts and is nothing but innuendo. Everyone who knew her found her to be charming and intelligent. She was the best thing that ever happened to Rudolph Valentino.

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  4. I read Natasha Rambova was born in Utah. Were her parents Mormons? Just curious.

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    1. Yes she was and her mother was Mormon.

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    2. Did she ever refer to the LDS at any time in her adult life?

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    3. Not to my knowledge, no. Interesting question.

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