Tuesday, August 16, 2022

On the Subject of that Surname

It has been brought to my attention that “Team Terhune Captain”, Tracy Terhune responded to a question on his Facebook group which I address here. As Renato and I are not only banned from that group, but blocked... a good Samaritan sent me the exchange between Ms. Mirella Guglielmi and Tracy Terhune. Terhune informs her that Alberto changed his name legally “in honor of his brother's untimely death.”

I went back and looked at the documents I included in Affairs Valentino and found the following for Alberto:

This was in 1936, so then he was still legally Guglielmi and  as an aside...(known as Valentino) and note that he signed his legal name as “Guglielmi”. If he ever did change it later on legally, I have never seen proof of that. Terhune neglected to tell Ms. Guglielmi that Rudolph himself never legally changed his name to Valentino. He was Guglielmi until his death.

And in ”honor of his brother's untimely death” is a stretch when it was still not changed ten years later. I also recall reading an article where reporters questioned Alberto why his luggage had the Valentino initials on it when he arrived after Rudolph's death. I wonder if other star's who used a stage surname such as Cary Grant had their siblings changing their names. I think history has revealed why Alberto adopted Valentino so fast. 

Jean also used Guglielmi at least until the 40's. Terhune should know that all of the probate records and subsequent litigation refer to Valentino as Rudolph Guglielmi, a.k.a. Valentino. And using your stage name initials on stationary and luggage, etc. is not proof of a legal name change. 

8 comments:

  1. When someone shows me a legal decree confirming the change of surname from Guglielmi to Valentino I will believe it, until now, IMO, the "change" of Alberto's name is due to his unbridled desire to enjoy a little the fame of his brother.

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    1. Imo in regards to our being banned from participating in Valentino discussions on Terhune's forums, it is a case of obscurantism – as defined as, ”a policy of withholding knowledge from the general public.”

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  2. I only hope Ms. Guglielmi did not take the admin of WNF seriously when he erroneously schooled her on why Alberto dropped the family name. Rule of thumb: never take at face value what information the so-called Facebook experts try to foist upon you, particularly if you are serious about learning the truth. Do your research.

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  3. Rodolfo Guglielmi was too authentic and proud a man to take the wholly unnecessary step of legally fusing his stage name with his birth name. It would never happen. That his elder brother would view this as a plausible move for himself is beyond belief ridiculous. Valentino required no such fraternal “tribute” nor was his stature enhanced by Alberto’s annexation of the stage name. Let’s not dance around the truth here - whatever Alberto’s motives in calling himself Valentino, it had more to do with positioning himself for American success than consolidating Rudy’s place in the public consciousness. And as for the hope that the forums might offer accurate information and genuine education on a topic such as this one, which goes straight to the heart of Valentino’s sense of self and the kind of man that he was - forget about it. Instead, what is being supplied is bizarre and superfluous instruction on how to correctly pronounce the name of Valentino’s dog. It’s “Ka-bah”, not “Kay-bar” don’t you know! The grandiose His Fame Still Lives (aka Simon Constable) never fails to deliver fresh evidence of his jackassery. He truly is without peer.

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    1. 5:03: Brilliantly articulated. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    2. 5:03, πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    3. I submit that anyone who speaks the name of Valentino’s dog in their offline conversations with actual human beings has a life in serious need of an overhaul. More pathetic still is Constable, who evidently roams the streets eavesdropping for mispronunciations of the name so he can step in triumphantly with raised fists - “it’s Ka Bah, it’s Ka Bah!” What the VSC owes this distinguished scholar!

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  4. TRT not only lacks comprehension skills, he also needs some grammar lessons. He is making himself the victim of his own ignorant comments. And the envy of 5:03's brilliant comment is off the charts from the victims of their own mediocre vocabulary.

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