Saturday, February 6, 2010

Valentino As I Knew Him

This is Valentino As I Knew Him, by George Ullman. I posted this book earlier; however, the photo I had did not have a dust cover. This shows what the dust cover looks like. The book was published in 1926 by Macy-Masius Publishers. With the dust jacket this is a difficult to find, it is fairly common without it.


  1. I just read this and really enjoyed it. Ullman was definitely NOT a fan of Natacha's.
    Thanks for the tip. I got a very nice copy with only a bit of the dj missing from the spine for a very good price.

  2. He was not. Many collector's either think she is great or hate her. I honestly do not have a high opinion of her. I firmly believe his breakup with her attributed to the extra stress in his life that may have lead to his ulcer which obviously killed him, it is not out of the realm of possibility to think that had something to do with it. She hated The Sheik, she thought it was trash, maybe he filmed a sequel to not only get back on top, but to spite her, haha, total speculation, you never know.

    He definitely grew bitter toward her after their divorce. I have a copy of his will and testament. I do not remember the exact phrasing but, he willed her $1 and not a penny more.

  3. I'm not one of those who believes that she was with him only to further her own ambitions. It's evident she really loved him. I do believe however, that she had control issues. She took personally his decision to sign the UA contract that cut her out. As a partner she failed to realize that he had the right to ultimately have the final say in his own career. I think he would have supported her in any decision she made in regards to hers. At least he would have almost certainly not BAILED on her like she did him.

    Either way it's all speculation as you say, but as a fan it's hard to forgive for breaking his heart because of her prideful principals. Let's face it, she was spoiled and entitled.
    In her defense, for all her intelligence, talent, and accomplishment she was a young woman of only 28 in 1925. The young can be very intolerant, unyielding and unforgiving and they were both very proud.
    Who knows what regrets she had to live with when age mellowed her and perhaps put things in perspective?