Thursday, September 15, 2022

"Really the Deadest Town..."

I found this favorite gem today (see below) in which Rudolph Valentino explains Hollywood's bad reputation to a British journalist. According to Valentino, Hollywood was a city of people who were registered as actors, etc. by trade, when in reality they were not. I guess the logic was to follow that this explained the number of arrests and criminal activity by many “actors”.

At the time, thousands of people were headed to Hollywood to find their fortunes in the movies. Their optimism in claiming the profession of actor prematurely was somewhat understandable. What is that expression, “Fake it til' you make it?” I guess this is what Valentino was referring to.

And his comment that Hollywood was the “quietest and really deadest” town he knows is a stretch. Maybe that is why he preferred London and Paris and New York to the wild, wild west.




15 comments:

  1. I live for your daily posts! They are so interesting and informative. It's the bright spot lately to my stressful life as a caregiver to my 91 year old mom with dementia and my handicapped sister. I get to escape reality for a while and day dream about it all.

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    1. Thank you Maggie. I guess the day dreams get us through a lot in life! 🍂

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    2. Maggie, Ms. Zumaya is the foremost researcher on all things Valentino. If there is something to be uncovered, she and Renato will sniff it out.

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  2. Valentino is not the only person I have read from those early years who basically said the same thing. Working on a film required early, late, and long hours. I have also read and heard interviews from film people in the twenties that Southern California was a beautiful place, still underdeveloped, loads of gorgeous countryside and scenery. Certainly nothing like it is now.

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  3. I respond here to the first five words in a comment sent in as anonymous but which I address to Cindy Martin as this is her cause. She says “someone didn't do their research" claiming that Norma was under age for marriage at 15 in 1923. Wrong. The law was changed in 1890 to raise it from 12 to 14 and was not changed from 14 to 16 until 2006. CM fools no one with her BS about Norma and it is just to ruin another one of our fine books. She does this with all of them and her research is idiotic, non-existent and motivated by hate and jealousy.
    The book is not about "child exploitation", Norma was not 7. Winning the Mineralava Crown was a thrilling moment she and her family cherished and still do. The book is the story of a woman's life not one moment or the other. Norma was of legal age so CM can shut her sorry slash and burn show down.

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  4. Martin doesn't have the clout to ruin anything but a scrambled egg. A maniacal crackpot sending a never ending stream of comments is only to be taken seriously by the fellows in the white coats.

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    1. Helen C. Yes. She is the voice of no authority at all.

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    2. Martin has no standing or constituency in the Valentino community and never did. She is a legend in her own mind. Just swat her away like the impotent insect she is and keep moving.

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    3. So Shady Ma is resorting to slipping in under Anonymous since her frenetic stream of comments were rejected under her own name? She is desperate for attention. Even if she had something worthwhile to say (a GINORMOUS if), I would still ignore her. Let the self anointed Valentino Studies Commune take her in. TRT, Shady Ma needs you!

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    4. 4:48: Well the flurry of morning mail here covered it all for VSC output: using homosexual slurs to insult Michael Morris, telling me to clean my house, and that I am championing pedophilia by even writing Norma, etc. If that were the case then they can include the entire Mineralava tour and contest and anyone playing the video footage of the ceremony, i.e. Eleanor Gribbin, etc. And I do not "champion" anything, I research and then write the story. They are tragically unhappy people and I almost pity them in their misery as they fade into oblivion.

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    5. Cindy Martin should give it up! No one is listening.

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    6. 5:11: Well maybe she could change course and cease her destructive and cruel ways, i.e. defaming us and our work.

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    7. It has come to my attention that Shady Ma is choosing to insult others by claiming, falsely, that they have excessive girth. Therefore, it must be said: the Shady Lady herself has a backside that requires its own zip code.

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    8. 5:48: Fat shaming is one of their favored tools of their trolling trade. That was the first comment out of the gate about the picture I posted of Renato a few days ago. Perhaps this is what you are referring to. As they consistently do write only about themselves in a continuous state of projection, I guess logic would follow. It is just more proof they have no content other than to insult. Over the years Bret has mocked every possible aspect of my person, in salacious detail, which as with all his insults reveals more about him than me.

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