Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Every Saturday Morning

A few days ago, we had to hear one more time the idiocy that Natacha Rambova “ruined” Valentino's career, left him in tatters, and how he barely managed to survive her, etc. etc. I have written about this before but offer here some food for thought. I doubt it will jar her hater's convictions because brain washing is a tough thing to turn about.

Nevertheless, if the comparison is made between Rudolph's career and earning power when he met Natacha and when they parted ways.... it is stunning evidence of her powerful and extremely beneficial influence on her love.

Despite his success and emergence in 1921, he was not being paid well and there was the issue of the request for that fifty dollar a week raise from Metro. He was paid not so much more to film The Sheik. But Natacha came into his life and contributed/demanded a higher level of respect/pay for Rudolph and those who worked with them commented on her influence in a positive light. Here, Joseph Henabery comments after he worked on Sainted Devil and Cobra with Natacha:

“Mrs. Valentino became a major factor in Rudy's success. She was a smart woman and had good ideas of what was suitable for him. Some late-day writers have indicated she had too much influence. I am sure she incited him to rebel. Still, but for her influence, he would have suffered poor stories, low budgets – and ended up discarded and forgotten. It's because of Mrs. Valentino's foresight, determination, and intelligence that today he is remembered as a great star. She had her faults, but fewer than stated by those who disliked her because they had to submit to her demands. By sniping and, as they say in boxing waiting for openings, they tried to cut her down to size.”

George Ullman recounted her influence as follows:

“And it is only fair to say that her culture, which she painstakingly but subtly communicated to her husband, was one which others recognized and which in my opinion put him forever in her debt. He was truly, and in the highest sense, elevated by his association with Natacha.”

How can anyone argue he did not wildly benefit from Natacha in many regards. He went from living in small apartments around Los Angeles and borrowing suits from Doug Gerrard, etc. when he met her....to this:


The money he would be earning by the time they separated and divorced was astounding. The contract with United Artists tells that story. While she was being wedged out the door of their business partnership, his earning power was as high as it could be then. From Affairs Valentino:

“In addition to Rudy's impressive fifty percent of the profits, he would receive a salary of $100,000.00 per film. He would receive this $100,000.00 as follows; for the first of these two films he would receive $50,000.00 cash upon signing the contract and another $50,000.00 upon completion of the film. For his work in the second film, he would receive a weekly paycheck of $10,000.00 which would be deposited in his bank account every Saturday morning.

Upon the completion of the second film, if Rudy’s salary totaled less than $100,000.00, the balance would be paid in full. Rudy would also receive an additional $50,000.00 if production costs for each of these films totaled less than $400,000.00.”

Putting that into perspective, by today's exchange rate x 15, he received a salary of one and a half million dollars a film, receiving $750,000 on signing, another $750,000 on completion. For the second film he would receive a weekly paycheck of $150,000 which he would receive every Saturday morning.

And in the court records I recovered in 2003, the following excerpt cites the value of those last films as recorded in the court ordered Baskerville Audit:

Natacha did extremely well by her man and the numbers tell the story. How ever ephemeral their life together was or the personality and cultural clashes they suffered, they reunited in the last hours of his life and... fact... she made the man. 

    We can thank her for all her brilliant contributions.


* I am aware that Tracy Terhune, emcee of the Valentino memorial service and David Bret, Valentino porn fiction writer are compiling a list of all the names they have been called on this blog. Is that not the height/absolute pinnacle of thin-skinned hypocrisy? If I were to make a list of all the names they have called my dear husband and myself over lo these many years, it would take me months... and involve going through thousands of posts and tweets. I can not even fathom how many there would be.

But I thought I would give them one to add to their list.

They are both wicked, shameless bullies.


15 comments:

  1. Thank you for continuing to reinforce Rambova's contribution to Valentino's career. I love the observation that she demanded a higher level of respect for him. I don't think he would have possessed the self-respect he needed in his life if not for her influence, either.

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    1. 5:09: Yes. The claim Rambova "ruined" Valentino is outrageously false.

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    2. How did this story come about that she ruined Valentino's career?

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    3. 6:13: The innuendo Natacha left Valentino financially ruined is a new invention imo. This is all part of the attempt to demean her role, if not eliminate it as Valentino's lover.

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    4. In other words they hate her for being in love with Rudy.

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    5. I am glad that has been cleared up. It was so confusing about the stories of Rambova.

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    6. To clarify, in the photo I posted, they are standing in front of the Hudnut chateau in Juan les Pins. The chateau was owned by Rambova's step-father, Richard Hudnut.

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    7. An impressive house.

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    8. I think Rudy felt right at home at Juan les Pins. A chateau like that had always been a part of his dreams.

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  2. Look at Rambova standing before that gaudy, overdone, indulgent edifice that she forced him to buy. She acts as though she owns the world (while contributing nothing herself toward it). This while she plunges him into near financial and professional ruin. Karma worked, in her case.

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    1. 6:32: Your attempt to smear Rambova fails, as you did not recognize the Hudnut chateau. Valentino never owned it, Natacha did not "force him to buy it". Ridiculous. And as far as your statement that she "plunged him into near financial and professional ruin", I assume you did not read the evidence I provided in my post, proving that when they separated he was one of the wealthiest stars in Hollywood. Apparently you think that just repeating your lies about her will make it true. It does not. "Karma" seems your signature tagline but fact... Rambova was the best thing that ever happened to Rudolph Valentino.

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    2. I recommend Anonymous 6:32 take a refresher course, because even the stones at Juan Les Pins know the Chateau was owned by Natacha's stepfather.

      It is true that Natacha and Rodolfo had a natural predisposition for crazy purchases. I quote Baltasar Fernández Cué from his "El Verdadero Rodolfo Valentino" where he tells us, "They bought whatever they desired, and they desired almost everything they saw." (From p. 98, The True Rudolph Valentino)

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    3. It sounds as if 6:32 is very bitter about Rudy loving Natasha. Doesn't feel good does it!

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  3. 6:32, scamper to Kookie Rabble where you belong. You aren't going to stir the pot here. Your comment is utterly stupid. At least do some homework before you display your lunacy.

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  4. Tracy Ryan Terhune (or possibly one of his lieutenants) is truly scraping the bottom of the barrel @ 6:32. He thinks Evelyn, Renato and all of us here are somehow dumb enough to believe his stupid statement about Natacha "standing before that gaudy, overdone, indulgent edifice that she forced him to buy".
    Terhune: We are not all as blind and gullible as your lock step disciples who are eager to wolf down scraps tossed from your table of hate.

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