Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Lovers Reconciled

The following quote seems a logical progression from the previous two posts, as excerpted from A Curious Life by George Wehner. What a fascinating character and how rewarding it was to get to know him while researching Astral Affairs. I could see why Natacha would trust him and be mesmerized by his calming presence. No, Natacha and George Wehner were not romantically involved; he was gay. But they were inseparable for a considerable time and he traveled with her after the separation. He was in the Hudnut chateau in France when news of Rudy's death reached Natacha. This is his eloquent and very personal testimony:

"Natacha was prostrated by the news. Those who fancy this much misunderstood child to be cold and indifferent should have seen her as I saw her then. Her genuine grief proved her great love for Rudy and her remorse at their misunderstandings and mistakes was heart-breaking to see.

I am convinced from my closeness to the true facts surrounding these romantic figures and regardless of what others might say, that Rudy was and ever will be the one real love of Natacha Rambova's earth-life.

I was happy that these two children of the limelight had been reconciled by their exchange of cables before death had stepped in. It made the final separation easier and Rudy made the Great-Change with Natacha's cable under his pillow."


7 comments:

  1. I wonder if they would have ever reconciled if Rudy had not gotten ill.

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  2. What did your research reveal about the telegram under his pillow? Who revealed this and do you know what the telegrams said on either or both ends?

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    1. From p. 131 in "The True Rudolph Valentino" by Cue: "And then, at this time, the patient made peace with his second wife, Natacha Rambova. This happened thanks to Rudolph himself, the day after the operation. He asked Ullman to cable news to Natacha and from that moment, he and Natacha were in daily communication." I think the communications exchanged between Rudy and Natacha would either have been gathered up by hospital staff or by Ullman. I would ask Tracy Terhune about the communications because he probably has them. They would be cablegrams. The George Wehner account was written in 1929, not long after the fact and his serious book authorized with an introduction by Talbot Mundy.

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    2. So happy that they reconciled before he died.

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    3. I do not think that Terhune would share those cablegrams knowing how much he hates Natasha.

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  3. I believe his hatred of Natasha confirms of the deep love that Rudy had for her. Yet there is proof from sources that their cablegrams were affectionate and caring. Rudy slept with those letters under his pillow.

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  4. Can you imagine what a treasure those would be to a museum? Personal correspondence and things that once belonged to Rudy have the potential to keep his memory and his historical contribution to film alive. What an absolutely sick and pathetic thing that people are in possession of them and are intentionally keeping them from the public.

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