Rudolph Valentino - Friday, July 10, 2015

His birth name was Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla, but his fans knew him as Rudolph Valentino.  Born in Italy in 1895, there was no indication from his childhood that Rudolph would become THE male superstar of his era.  His mother spoiled on him to his father's great disapproval.  But dad's death when he was eleven proved hard on the family, and Rudolph moved first to Paris looking for work, then New York City.  He went through Ellis Island in 1913 and soon found himself living on the streets of the city.

Things started to change for young Valentino when he met Blanca de Saulles, a, heiress from Chile.  One might question if they changed for the better, though, since her husband got him arrested at one point.  Her murder of said husband compelled Valentino to run to the west coast, making his way by performing in musicals.  Stardom came slowly, and it was not until 1921 that he starred in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which would eventually become the sixth highest silent film in history.  Its success gained Valentino access to the greatest role of his career in The Sheik, wherein he depicted an Arabian leader as a complex and sympathetic character in his effort to confront racial stereotyping.  

Valentino swayed the hearts of hundreds of thousands of women in his films.  He became associated with the classic "Latin lover" look, while many men regarded him as somewhat effeminate and a mediocre actor.  Regardless, Valentino's star was still on the rise when, at the age of 31, he took ill and checked himself into the hospital.  He never came out, dying from complications associated with appendicitis and gastric ulcers.  Mourning fans broke the windows at the funeral home in New York where his body was on display in a frantic effort to get one final glimpse of the once-homeless man who took the cinema by storm.
QUESTION:  In what 1926 sequel did Rudolph Valentino have the opportunity to play two different roles?
A)  The Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse
B)  The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse
C)  Son of the Sheik
D)  The Four Horsemen of Apple Crisp

TELSTAR.  On this day in 1962, the first operating communications satellite in the world was sent into orbit around the Earth.  Telstar provided the first live transatlantic television feed, as well as the first fax images and telephone calls.  It was the beginning, in a way, of the modern communication phenomena.  Also, an incredibly popular instrumental song by the Tornados came out that year to remind us of the adventure that was space technology.

QUOTE:  A man should control his life.  Mine is controlling me. - Rudolph Valentino

ANSWER:  C)  Son of the Sheik.  We know, you really thought it was the Apple Crisp one. Sorry