Perfect example of why one must read these movie magazine articles with one eye askance.
Not exactly sure what is not true in this one. Rudolph Valentino was divorced, his female fan base was excited about that but he was reportedly in love with Natacha Rambova and bought a new home. The rest is typical interest story I think. The Blood and Sand info was not correct but I find these human interest blurbs interesting in that they reveal what was being written about Valentino at the time. Knowing so much about the back story makes the front story quite quizzical for me. If movie magazine articles are to be taken so lightly, it is surprising all of the Valentino biographical pieces are presumed to be fact.
This said I did not reference fan magazines in Affairs Valentino. I made a point of that. I think this was a downfall of Leider's Dark Lover that she relied so heavily on fan magazines and especially My Private Diary.
I add that I am very proud that I did not reference fan magazines in Affairs Valentino.
Magazine articles about someone is not always accurate.
In fact some contain a little bit of truth to get people hooked on it.
4:50 AM - It is true that one should read those movie fan magazines of the era with incredulity. However, don't forget that Ms. Zumaya has built most of her Valentino research on this kind of drek.
Yet, 4:50, if you will check the 40 pages of citations in Affairs Valentino and all the citations in all our books, you will not find references to the fan magazines. If this is something you feel so strongly about, maybe you could send similar comments to Ms. Leider because she loaded her book with the fan magazine "drek" and yet that seems to not be a problem. It was for me because it is like referencing Wikipedia today. Another source I did not use in the books.
6:48 Envy in it's purest form.
I think the studios were bound to play the " he's available " game for the female fans, that's why they published this kind of articles. We know from the trial against Lasky that Natacha complained about the studio bosses who would have preferred their star Rudy to be a single man because he would appeal more to his female audiences and that they had a nasty attitude towards her.
Neither Bebe Daniels nor May McAvoy were in Blood and Sand. Also, didn't Valentino go from being called Rodolph to becoming Rudolph? If one were looking for general facts about Valentino, articles like this are not the way to go. I'm sure the fan mail part is accurate, though.
I agree 3:24 but think most people were not looking for facts about Valentino then. In general they still aren't. We are accused of writing fiction when we do not reference these articles at all and work hard to share the facts. I received a flood of defamatory comments from the "team" about this little article, claiming this is the kind of thing I have based all my books on. If the footnotes and end notes are referenced anyone can see this is 100% false. Of course neither Daniels nor McAvoy were in Blood and Sand and maybe the article was written when they were being considered, who knows.
I think you have hit upon a truth of the fan magazines, Ms. Zumaya. Most of these little gossipy squibs were written for publicity only. "It doesn't matter what you write, just spell their name correctly," was the motto. The moguls and studios were a large source of this kinds of articles, in order to build up expectations for the next film.