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Valentino at the Smithsonian

Sunday, June 24th, 2012


Past Imperfect: The “Latin Lover” and his enemies




Check out the attached article from the Smithsonian Magazine which used my book, The Valentino Mystique as a source.


Smithsonian Magazine

June 13, 2012


With the Roaring Twenties in full swing and the first talkies on the horizon, Hollywood’s booming film industry already had its share of bankable stars—Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton. But in the summer of 1926, an Italian immigrant named Rodolfo Alfonso Rafaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina D’Antonguolla would join them. Known as the “Latin Lover,” Rudolph Valentino would, by summer’s end, single-handedly change the way generations of men and women thought about sex and seduction.


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