Archive for May 6th, 2008

Happy Birthday Rudolph Valentino…

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008




Rudolph Valentino was born Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaelo Pierre Filibert di Valentina d’Antonguolla Guglielmi 113 years ago today, in Castellaneta, Italy. He was the son of French-born, Marie Berthe Gabrielle Barbin (1856-1919), and Giovanni Antonio Giuseppe Fidele Guglielmi (1853-1906), a veterinarian. He had an older brother, Alberto (1892-1981), a younger sister, Maria, and an older sister Beatrice who died in infancy.


Below are photographs from my personal collection of tributes to the actor in his home town of Castellaneta, Italy. Click on image to enlarge.




A bust of Valentino sits next to a juke box
in a Castellaneta bar. At the base of the bust
there is a laurel branch. (© Allan R. Ellenberger)



A young fan kisses a statue of Valentino that once
stood in his birthplace. (© Allan R. Ellenberger)


Monument dedicated to Rudolph Valentino
in Castellaneta in 1961 (© Allan R. Ellenberger)