Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Cin! Cin!

How much is owed to George Ullman for the very existence of the Mineralava Tour, the pageant and for getting Valentino's career and life back on track in the summer of 1923. There are so many instances where his genius shines through; the contracts, the settlement of the strike, the direction Valentino took, the solace Valentino found in Ullman's friendship and partnership. 

I have not paid tribute to George Ullman in a while and considering all that happened to him for his devotion to Rudolph Valentino, it is something I should do more often.

Ullman writes about running into Norma Niblock at the Farmer's Market in the mid forties. Were they friends after this encounter? Find the answer to that in the book. 

And a tribute also must go to Renato as the dream Italian chef. Sometimes I like to brag about my meals these days because he cooks them all. Tonight? We had a perfectly executed pizza with cheeses galore, tomato and prosciutto and for desert strawberries with cream and a tiny cream puffs on the side... all served with a chilled wine sparkling wine. I can not complain.

So cin cin to the fellows who make these great things happen! Thank you Renato for my delicious pizza pie and here's to S. George Ullman for his magnificent role in the Valentino story!


23 comments:

  1. I have never read one derogatory thing about George Ullman written when he was alive. Every article or mention of him in the 1920s always referred to his close friendship with Valentino. Unfounded criticism usually emanates from the same tedious Facebook rats and mediocre sad sacks.

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    1. "Mediocre rats", "Sad sacks" and a certain handyman who had a great deal to hide as far as his behavior.

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    2. It took 40 years for minor player and handyman Lou Mahoney to suddenly realize Ullman was mean. When he was under oath in the late 20s, Mahoney had a pretty good opinion of Ullman. So was he lying under oath or was he lying 40 years later?

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    3. Some of the aforementioned sad sacks are sadder than merely sad. Their ranks include 75 year olds who play with Barbie dolls, council flat dwellers who drool before their computer screens virtually stalking the Floris’s from morning till night, and self described neurologically compromised stroke victims with severely constrained mobility who nevertheless rise each day to pursue fantasies of power and relevance in the VSC.

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    4. During the court proceedings Lou knew Ullman had treated him well after Valentino's death, i.e. selling him the dry cleaning business for a song, but he said nothing about his being the witness on that critical second page of the will. As Ullman and the court sought to prove that existed, Lou said nothing. Lou also told a story of Valentino's last day in Los Angeles which Alberto and Ullman disputed as being false. Lou lied... imo both times to a high degree. 40 years later he told some whoppers and left out his involvement in the ruining of Ullman 100%. He would not be able to spin his role in the story so easily today with court records online. Since the court records were stolen, Lou's truth would not come tumbling out until I found those Appeals records. I broke this all down with citations to the documentation in Affairs Valentino, you might want to check that out.

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  2. 4:57 AM - TRUTH!

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  3. Those malignant vipers who claim that Ullman lavishly enriched himself on poor Valentino’s back have yet to produce evidence of their allegations. Was Ullman infallible? Of course not. Among other things, he should have expanded the professional team that surrounded Valentino and not tried to do so much himself. What Ullman was “guilty” of is the epic misfortune to have been named as Valentino’s Executor. The consequent wholly unwanted financial relationship with Alberto and clan that this foisted upon him was his undoing. He is to be pitied for this.

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    1. I agree but Valentino made the decisions and Ullman was a paid employee. I think the team expanded in a clerical way. They had secretaries in LA and In NYC, accountants, various lawyers, a staff running Falcon Lair and other characters who were on the payroll. But as Ullman testified, at the time of Valentino's death he was the only person who did know the state of the affairs.

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  4. Faux French - I'm still waiting to see the evidence that Ullman lavishly enriched himself off the back of Rudolph Valentino. Receipts for a $22.00 purchase of an old cane that once belonged to Valentino does not confirm millionaire status.

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    1. Ullman struggled financially because of the costs of his legal representation as he was forced to defend himself v. Alberto in a prolonged and frivolous litigation. His children worked in his office when they were in high school, he was forced to declare bankruptcy in the 40's and lived a modest life. Those defamatory taglines about Ullman were concocted by Tracy Terhune as he does with anyone I call a hero. They are trying to do the same with Norma now. I was thinking I should write a book about Terhune calling him a hero and he might be compelled to defame himself?

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    2. What "they" have to say is of no importance. I'm not interested in Tracy Terhune and his band of lunatics. Keep up the great research. Your work speaks for itself. Let the petty and miserable bevy of rabid dogs continue to bark. No one is listening.

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    3. Bette Davis EyesMay 11, 2022 at 5:11 PM

      I believe that the reason Tracy Ryan Terhune, David Bret and their assorted goons do not like George Ullman is because Mr. Ullman represents a figure of reason and stability in the story of Rudolph Valentino. Terhune, Bret & Co. are so odd that they cannot relate to the personality of a normal human being like Mr. Ulman. Thus they make him out to be a villain because his personality is so unlike them. A kind and selfless person cannot register in the minds of these misfits of the VSC.

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    4. This is what I think about the so called VSC. YAWN, Why DON'T you people read Evelyns wonderful book " Norma " instead of trying to be what you are not ? Banning someone's else books does not show that you are interested in Ruby's life, but are stuck in your narrow minded little world, always banging on your one tune piano.

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    5. It was preordained that Terhune would go gunning for Norma. In his decades at the helm of the tacky crypt vaudeville show, Terhune has cast suspiciously overheated aspersions upon virtually all women that ever crossed Valentino’s path - Rambova, de Saulles, Acker, Negri, Benda - each one a heartless harridan who used and manipulated the tortured star. Terhune singles out dowdy Saint June Mathis as the sole woman worth celebrating. It is mission critical for Terhune to promote the concept that Valentino’s only successful relationship with a woman was a sexless one (nudge nudge, wink wink), and he is most unsubtle about it. What this means, of course, is that he cannot be trusted. No one with a deeply neurotic personal agenda can be. Accordingly, many have long ago determined to disregard anything and everything he says about Valentino. And by the way, if her feelings for Valentino were so pristine, why the hell did Saint June withdraw her friendship? It is highly likely she painfully desired Valentino, as her marriage to Balboni (the ersatz Valentino she had to settle for) makes clear. Also likely is that she bitterly envied Rambova. It was only after Rambova deserted the scene that the Mathis/Valentino relationship renewed shortly prior to his death. Very doubtful this would have occurred if Rambova was still Valentino’s wife.

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    6. ­čĹćNAILED IT!

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  5. Bette Davis Eyes & Faux French have hit the nail on the head!
    David Bret's default angle is to place any and every man Valentino came across as his lover or at least a potential one. Trying to fit Ulman into that category is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole...it can't be done. Poor Bret is so frustrated with the fact that he can't apply his sick fantasies onto George Ullman....who was devoted first to his family and also to Rudy.
    Meanwhile, Terhune (who only has eyes for the Sheik's Physique that was photographed in the flickers) despises the memory of any real female who got within 10 feet of Rudy while he walked on this earth. The sad reality that Rudy won't be coming out of the crypt anytime soon must drive his frustration and his anger toward any of the women in the historical Valentino's life.

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    1. Based on my own, very personal, experience with Terhune and Bret, their misogyny does not end there. Terhune has contributed for many years to Bret's incredibly hateful and sexist attacks on me as a woman with endless references to every body part. Now Terhune provides a ready platform for Bret's attacks, mocks my age calling me the "madwoman of Turin". I would humbly add myself to the list of women they have despised in regards to Rudolph Valentino and also a young woman named Hala Pickford.

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    2. Sinatra's ToupeeMay 11, 2022 at 9:54 PM

      I've seen how Terhune treats women on his forum who dare display independent thought. What is really disturbing is how some of them recoil under his flogging and literally beg his forgiveness for contradicting the Master. It's cringe inducing. Ladies, grow a pair!

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    3. I can't imagine the long, long nightmare that Evelyn has gone through due to the words and actions of Tracy Ryan Terhune and David Bret. I also have been viciously attacked by Terhune simply because I championed the role that Natacha played in Rudy's life. This was a one time only experience for me and left me shaken. Again, I can't imagine a constant onslaught from Terhune and the equally horrid Bret.
      I'm continually astounded that women like Hill and Gribbin allow themselves to be used by Terhune for his own selfish ends. They must realize what he is about and his very obvious pathological hatred for women. My feeling is that these women sold out a long time ago.
      Bret, in his miserableness, simply seems to hate all of humanity....period.

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    4. Well said. I am most proud that my Valentino biography, Affairs Valentino, is still standing proud. Book survivor.

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  6. That's a great photo of George! He was quite a man.

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    1. His daughter Bunny chose that photo to use on the cover of her father's memoir.

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