Thursday, August 4, 2022

Looking for Valentino!


On this day twenty-one years ago, Leonard De Fonte passed away. He left behind a loving family and his personal memoir. Today I celebrate his life and send all love to his family and friends. His was a life guided by Rudolph Valentino and a man who attended the Valentino Memorial Service every year. Cheers to you Leonard! Rest in Peace. Thank you to his beautiful grand daughter, Teresa (pictured) for her guardianship and love. 


6 comments:

  1. Image leaving one's country because of a film star's inspiration! I loved reading Leonard's entire journey. I'm just so sorry he wasn't able to actually shake Rudy's hand. If he had lived, there is no doubt in my mind Leonard's dream would have come true. Thank you Teresa (who is gorgeous!), Evelyn, and Renato for sharing this story!

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    1. 9:08: It was wonderful working with Leonard's family and I am happy his story was told. I think his story and Norma Niblock's were indicative of the power of Valentino. How many more lives he must have influenced!

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  2. Luigi Masano? Definitely another!

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  3. My grandfather came from Greece to the United States in 1932. Mr. De Fonte's account of his experience as a new immigrant reminds me of the stories my Papou used to tell me. I enjoyed reading this book very much. By the way, my Papou said he loved Pola Negri as a young boy.

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    1. 3:42: I find the stories of immigrants to America intriguing. My grandmother came to America at 16, alone from Norway. I think these personal histories are very much American history.

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    2. Interesting how people can influence other lives whether for good or bad. I would rather influence others for good.

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