Wednesday, June 8, 2022

"Mrs. Valentino became a major factor in Rudy's success..."

Before I return the Joseph Henabery autobiography to the library, I wanted to share a few captures. Excuse the images I just grabbed with my phone but his tribute to Natacha's impact of Valentino's career is valuable in that he worked with her. Unlike the crass and pathetic puppet master's tagline which is so dutifully parroted by those who did not know Natacha ("she was the worst thing to ever happen to Valentino, yadda, yadda, yadda") Joseph Henabery takes the time to say the exact opposite and in this his quote stands imo as extremely important. 

I shared the title page in case someone wants to buy the book. I was fortunate to have found it in a library. And the image is one I had never seen. All of these images are the property of the Margaret Herrick Library. I share these for purposes of supporting the podcast, "Cobra's Curse". (And no I can not tell what Valentino is holding in that image). 




10 comments:

  1. Sounds like Joseph Hanabery had nice things to say about Natasha. He confirms that Rambova helped Ruby's career, there you have it in black and white. So what argument will the trolls have this time?

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  2. That was just his opinion. It doesn't prove anything. He was obviously very charmed by her.

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    1. Oh I would disagree. I think someone with the professional stature of Joseph Henabery would know enough to make this assessment of Natacha Rambova's contributions to Valentino's career. He worked with her, was involved with both Natacha and Rudy at a critical time in his career development. I think Henabery's statement is true and can not be dismissed as something random written by some smitten man but very insightful and to the point. First hand testimony is valuable, unlike the endless and very bitter comments made by people who never knew either Rudy or Natacha who want to demean her at all costs.

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    2. 8:26, Henabery also pulled no punches talking about some of her less than stellar decisions on A Sainted Devil and Cobra. I think Ms. Zumaya is correct when she says he made an honest assessment of her contributions.

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  3. Don't kid yourself. The current argument against Natacha Rambova by forum misogynists has nothing to do with rational thought or logic. It is strictly personal.

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  4. It is most personal, had to admit I did not like Natasha myself either but when I read Morris book and listened to Evelyns podcasts I found out what a fascinating woman she was. A modern woman who made Valentino into an icon. It cost her a career, but she deserves to be remembered and respected. Think I know the word for how they feel about Rudy's queen Jealousy?

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    1. I will add my name to the list of people who initially did not like Natacha Rambova. I thought she was cold, calculating, and a nagging shrew who made Valentino's life miserable. I am just thankful I do not rely on the perspective of forum gadflies, but that I know how to do my own research. I suggest everyone read all the material available about Rambova and Valentino to weigh the evidence for yourself.

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    2. For me one of the most insightful pieces on Natacha is the Herb Howe interview and subsequent article he wrote titled, "Her Years as Valentino's Wife". I included it in The Case Files and in Astral Affairs Rambova. I was surprised to read his describing her "infectious laughter" and "easy laugh" and to read how she said she was "tortured to agony" when Herb Howe asked her if the insults got to her. How glorious Rudy and Natacha had the time they had together, how grateful I am she did so much for him artistically and how tragic he died as they were reconciling.

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  5. Rudy and Natacha really were a tragic love story.

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    1. I would agree with that statement.9:48.

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