Rudolph Valentino

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  • Birth Name: Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaele Pierre Filiberto Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antoguolla
  • Birth Place: Castellaneta, Italy
  • Died: August 23, 1926
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Worked as a taxi dancer, a male escort who is hired as a dance companion by women.
  • Published a best-selling book of poetry called Day Dreams in 1923.
  • Arrested for bigamy in 1922 because he didn't know of the California statute that required a divorced person to wait one year before remarrying.
  • When a 1926 Chicago Tribune editorial questioned his manhood, he responded by challenging the writer to a boxing match. It never took place.
  • After suddenly dying at 31 of peritonitis and septic endocarditis, an estimated 80,000 women visited the New York funeral home where his body was being viewed.
  • Left ex-wife Natacha Rambova $1 in his will.
  • In the 1930s, his silhouette adorned packages of Sheik condoms.
  • Featured on a commemorative U.S. postage stamp issued in 1994.

Relationships

  • Marie — Mother
  • Natacha Rambova — Ex-wife
  • Alberto Guglielmi — Brother
  • Maria — Sister
  • Giovanni — Father
  • Beatrice — Sister
  • Jean Acker — Ex-wife
  • Pola Negri — Significant Other

Details

  • Birth Name: Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaele Pierre Filiberto Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antoguolla
  • Birth Place: Castellaneta, Italy
  • Died: August 23, 1926
  • Profession: Actor

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