Saturday, June 18, 2022

Mr. Ideman's Contribution

While sorting through the archives, I have been finding things I have not read in many years. Today, I found the article below... just this excerpt... and a quick review of this awful piece of iconic fiction by Kenneth Anger reveals many things are factually wrong.

The Fascist guard was not a stunt by Campbells, but arranged by con man Sterling Wyman.

Anger's statement they made Rudy's corpse "resemble a pink powder puff” is extremely homophobic and wrong. What does that mean anyway?

Rudy did not leave that single dollar in his will to “ex-wife” Jean Acker but Natacha Rambova.

Novarro did not own a black art deco dildo and did not keep such a thing on a shrine in his bedroom. And he did not receive any such thing as a gift from Valentino.

Another monument to Michael Morris' research was the total debunking of that myth in this letter (below) from James Ideman, the Deputy District Attorney who prosecuted Novarro's killers.



23 comments:

  1. David Bret continues to throw accolades to Kenneth Anger and Tracy Terhune does the same to David Bret. Connect the dots, folks.

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    1. In David Bret's 12 item bibliography in his "bio" of Valentino, he cites Michael's Madam Valentino. Despite Michael's definitive work debunking the Novarro story, Bret repeated it in its entirety in the book.

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    2. Here is the evidence in black and white.

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    3. It really is and I post it once in a while to make sure it is out and about.

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  2. I Saw That One ComingJune 19, 2022 at 2:18 AM

    Not sure why Ms. Zumaya feels the need to post this about the Novarro story. It's long discredited and no one but a certain fringe element believed it even when it appeared in Anger's book. I don't think Michael Morris can have the claim about something that was never seriously held as a fact to begin with.

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    1. After spending more than twenty years of my life on Valentino, I can tell you that myth was and is still widely believed around the world. When we lived in Morocco our landlord found out about our Valentino work and asked about the Novarro/dildo death story. Until Michael came out to address that, it was untouchable. Perhaps you 2:18 can not believe anyone would think it true but you are not everyone and so very many people relate this as fact. It is disrespectful for both Novarro and Valentino and Michael heroically took the subject on.

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    2. 2:18, I can tell you for a fact that the only material a lot of people have read about Valentino is from Hollywood Babylon. So, yes, many people still believe this fiction.

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    3. I think Michael was indeed very brave to take that on, did he receive any trouble for it?

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    4. When asked about Rudolph Valentino, Novarro confessed that he barely knew the man. There you have it, the truth from Novarro himself.

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    5. To deny what Novarro said is to call him a liar.

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    6. 4:14 He did feel he received less than enthusiastic reviews at times for Madam Valentino because of that. He also portrayed Rudy and Natacha's marriage as valid and not platonic and revealed them both to be heterosexuals. This added to his problems.

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    7. It was the team who gave him trouble for what he revealed.

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    8. Just had a thought if some gay men hate Natasha it only proves that Valentino loved
      her. And they must face the truth that Rudy was not gay. If this does not make sense
      then do not post this comment.Hopefully you understand what I am writing about.

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    9. I address the team member sending in comments which I choose not to post. I have a policy that I do not post comments that begin with, "Oh, Give me a break!" Michael Morris was the first person to introduce this subject to the Valentino world and the first to have a correspondence with Mr. Ideman. It is a valuable piece of history/contribution and your attempt to demean him and his work is not finding a venue here. I think we all know about your "discovery" of the Harrison book but I am done allowing you people to obsessively criticize and bark at me for contributing. Go open your own blog and let the world read your mean-spirited griping and whining. There are many books and articles written about Novarro's death, that was not the point of my post.

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    10. I add to the above comment I made that I will not post comments which are sent to scold me and lecture me in a demeaning way. After twenty some years and fifteen books on this subject, while doing my very best in every way...I deserve respect.

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  3. Ms. Zumaya -
    In all sincerity, respect is not something that can be demanded. It must be earned & bestowed upon one by the admiration of a community.

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    1. 6:26. In all sincerity, I did not "demand" anything. I said I "deserve" it. A very big difference there. One, demand, being a petulant order, something I am sure you know a lot about... and the other, "deserve" being a statement of pride and recognition. You seem possessed with the concept of "community" which is probably something a person like you lacks. I am not a person to adjust my thoughts, words, behavior out of a desire to be accepted by a "community". I think you have the wrong word there. You mean to say, "Cult."

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    2. 6:26 lecturing about respect? Your so called community is only based on your fantasies, that is not truth it is as Evelyn quoted a " cult ". How ironic that this commentator preach on respect.

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    3. Silver DisobedienceJune 19, 2022 at 7:07 PM

      Valentino Fan 6:26, you are neither admired nor respected, which is why you have been tossed from all the Valentino forums. Perhaps you need to work on your own obnoxious personality instead of stalking Evelyn Zumaya.

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  4. To make a statement like "I deserve respect" is a sign that there is a sense of entitlement.

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    1. FYI 7:33: Everyone deserves respect. I stated that because your comments are extremely disrespectful. I have no sense of entitlement, never have. I have worked hard all my life for everything I ever had or have today. All those books were created out of hard work; hours and weeks and months of writing the passages, checking the data, making the interviews. Typing up notes, hoping it will all come together. Hard work is not entitlement. People like you who do nothing at all to contribute are the lazy, entitled ones. Maybe instead of spending your day, sending in comments to my blog only as evidence of your disturbed mind, you could actually do something.

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    2. I find that Evelyn's research is impressive, she spent twenty years of her life delving into files and archives.Now that is hard honest work.

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