Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Natacha's "Million Kisses of Love & Tenderness"

As Rudolph Valentino began work on his true autobiography with Baltasar Cue, he gave the Spanish journalist letters for his reference. Some of them are included in the book which are obviously of great historical value. The first letter I excerpt, because most of the letter is a long story Natacha suggests to Rudolph as inspiration for Daydreams. The second letter Natacha writes to Doug Gerrard around the same time.

From The True Rudolph Valentino, p.84, Natacha writes to Rudolph just after her arrival in Foxlair, summer 1922:

“...You do not know how the strain exhausts me; it's so hard! And it seems that I'm going from bad to worse. Instead of correcting myself, despite what I do. Nor does it ever leave me, the fear that this will separate us in the end. If you could hurry up and come before it's too late!

Try to have a little patience and I will also try to master myself as best I can. My imagination seems to be always active and exaggerating and I can not stop it. I anxiously await your letter telling me of your plans. I hope that this time we can make them. Things are getting so discouraging! That's all for now, my life. I must close, because A ... is waiting to take the correspondence.

All my love is for you, little boy. If I did not love you, I would not be so excited, nor would it excite you either; but I can not manage life without you.

A million kisses of love and tenderness.

Your naughty – LITTLE DOLL.“

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(A second letter from Natacha to Douglas Gerrard) “G.” is their lawyer, W.I. Gilbert, p. 82:

"Dear Gerry,

Thank you very much for your more than appreciated letter, which came to me last night. Of course, you had a lot of reasons to be angry when you received my letter. As for me, Gerry, please do me the favor of believing that I fully trust you and that I know that you have been my best friend, as well as Rudolph's, and that you are helping us in everything so that we can see each other again.

I am currently terribly worried about what I think I should do and want to do most of all in the world. Rudolph will probably have received my letter by this date and he will have told you how things are, as you will understand, I am dying to return home, but I can not ignore the advice of all or run the risk of ruining the future and the career of Rudie. I would never forgive myself; and it would remain between him and me for a lifetime, even if the fault was not mine.

After the stupid advice that G. gave us before, it is natural that your opinion does not inspire much confidence now that everyone advises me otherwise. G. is a good lawyer, but he does not realize how much the public opinion and the press opinion matter to Rudie. Perhaps the best thing I could do is go abroad with my mother and convince Rudie to make his next film in Europe.

But I hope everything is fixed in no more than a week. The idea of having to leave makes me feel weak. I know that you will continue to help us and that you will advise him what suits him the best. But his career must be considered first of all since that will mean his happiness. Nothing else for now. Do not stop giving me news of you when you have time.

With all my love for my dear and loyal friend Gerry.

N. " 

26 comments:

  1. Scarlett O'Hara's CurtainsJune 15, 2022 at 5:41 PM

    The letter to Valentino from Natacha clearly reverberates with sexual tension. Lavender marriage? Right. The second letter to Gerrard clearly illustrates that she considered Gerrard to be a good friend, not only to Valentino, but also to herself. Yet, she tried to run off all his friends? Right.

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    1. The Gerrard story was fascinating as told by these documents and the research of Liam Muldowney. Gerrard's defense of Rudy and Natacha at Foxlair clearly destroyed his career although he had somewhat of a comeback. It is still appalling to me that certain fiction writers can just make statements about Gerrard which they know are completely false.

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    2. These two letters say it all.

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  2. The Crying of Lot 49June 15, 2022 at 6:40 PM

    These letters are incredibly revelatory. It is no mystery why they have never been discussed on the drool sites, We Never Forget and Mad About the Boy. No doubt if anyone attempted to raise the topic or, God forbid, post extracts from the letters, Terhune would exercise his mighty power as moderator and silence them.

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    1. Not only that 6:40, but they have sold artifacts such as this into oblivion without sharing content first. This is how they attempt to control the truth and why they have defamed us and our work calling it fiction. If it is something they do not want part of their false narrative, they say it is fiction, hide it away or sell it. This, while they create they highest level of Valentino fiction possible. Of course they hide Natacha's letters, because they want to portray her as someone she was not. What a tragedy for Valentino's legacy that the one person who censors with a vengeance, buys up all the relics he can... which should be housed in a public archive and museum and cared for by curators...reveals only what fits his very personal agenda.

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    2. They are the ones responsible for spreading lies about Natasha, making her look like a cold hearted woman who did not care for Rudy. Think Natasha's family even said that Natasha and Rudy cared deeply for each other.

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    3. What a tragedy for both Rudy and Natasha.

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    4. 7:40 it is a tragedy. I truly agree with you on that.

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    5. I wonder how Natasha's descendents feel about the lies spread about her. Would be furious if I were them.

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    6. Yet they accuse you and Renato of exploiting Rudy's death and trying to make money off your books and you two have done more to preserve his legacy. How normal is trying on a dead person's ring at an event where they celebrate his death. Just wondering? Personally I would feel uneasy. They may destroy the evidence but the truth will always come out, they cannot destroy everything.

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    7. How normal is someone obsessed with a dead man that he would buy his personal items and making him into what he was not? Sounds spooky to me.

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    8. Well, one of Natacha's 'descendants' (I guess a 12th cousin once removed...or something) has just announced they are taking up the mantle of bringing us "a lovely and factual book" of Natacha's life based on archives that "you must be family to obtain". Ma, the 11th cousin by marriage and originally the intended author, just isn't up to the task anymore so the book project is being passed down to the next generation. They are promising "fabulous glossy pages" and "a fabulous extra too that no one can even create".

      How "fabulous" is that? Can't wait!

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    9. Natacha does have relatives and one in particular who contacted me several times. I sent him an autographed copy of Astral Affairs Rambova. He is legitimately related but I will not reveal his name here for obvious reasons. He was furious with Bret's trashing of his beloved relative and he went after him at one point. It would be great if someone carried the legitimate Rambova research forward in an honest way; someone who is not a tremendously disturbed and angry person who lies, steals my work and is a destructive force on everything they touch. That is the pity. I could direct someone in many directions to continue the work but what is this 12th cousin's motive? After years of dealing with them, I say nothing more than jealousy and spite.

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    10. Bette Crawford @ 8:37 PM :
      The next generation Cuz refers to themself as "The Offspring".
      "The Offspring" sounds like the title of a cheap horror movie, if you ask me.

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    11. ShadyMa has no time to work on her magnum opus on Natacha. Ma's too busy these days typing away furiously as she tries to figure out what asinine thing about the Floris she can come up with next. It takes a lot out of the old girl to move those fingers that way.
      Ma seems confident that her spawn will be up to the challenge since they boast: "No one has access to my info at all".
      It should be quite the book: There's the assurance that: "..the printing won’t be like a cheap rag novel I get for 50 cents either".

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    12. Natacha had no descendants, because she never had any children. BlackCuz use to make that uninformed booboo quite often until called out on it recently. Then she swiftly deleted her mistake, thinking she had covered her error like a feral cat covering its poo. Too little, too late.

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    13. I wonder if Natasha's relative reads this blog?

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    14. I used to read BlackCuz/ShadyMa off and on. When she started laying out her "credentials", among which is her so-called family relation to Natacha, I chalked her up as just another cuckoo of the VSC.
      Now I've come to understand that she's was kicked out of the VSC and is persona non grata just about everywhere. I guess that goes for the "Offspring" as well.

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    15. 12:22: I do not believe she is persona non grata at all nor that she was ever kicked out of the VSC. the "VSC" is a non-existent tagline which used to be, "the team" and it has nothing to do with Valentino, Studies, or Community. It is all about ganging up on people who Terhune wants silenced. I believe she is one of the main pit bulls, doing her best to please the puppet master.

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    16. Ms. Evelyn, you would know better than I of ShadyMa's standing with the rest of the gang. Ma does whine a lot on her blog about how Terhune treats her and feeling like she's not appreciated.

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    17. From my vantage point as someone they have all bullied for years on end, they are all one and the same. There is no individual standing really. All horrible people.

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    18. The only person who interacts with BlackCuz is David Bret, in various shapes and squiggles. I'm sure she knows he is the only one who bothers to reply to her meandering deep thoughts. Even though I'll bet there is no love lost between these two losers, they need to feed off each other like a pair of leeches in heat.

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  3. Rambova had no children. By definition, she had no descendants. I understand there are lunatics out there claiming to be her kin. Complete hogwash.

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    1. Complete hogwash is right.

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    2. There are family members related to her, rational folks with connections through various aunts and uncles, etc. She does not have any close relatives now that her cousin Ann Wollen died. It was great Michael was able to have her blessing and support. I think there is no one close enough now to make any claim other than the relative who contacted me. And they would not claim to be a close relative at all.

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  4. I find the subjects of this blogpost much more interesting than Terhune, Bret, and BlackMa. Let's stop talking about these three. They are crashing bores. I'm much more intrigued by two letters. They give us great insight into the real Rambova.

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