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