Sunday, May 6, 2012

Happy 117th Birthday Rudy!

Today is the 117th anniversary of Valentino's birth.  I thought I would list this stunning portrait taken by James Hargis Connelly.  To my knowledge, I do not remember seeing this photo before, unless it was in Donna's book.  There appears to be a signature at the bottom, my understanding is it is that of the photographer, not Valentino.  I find it to be such a fantastic vintage pose with a great play on the lighting. 

Anyway, Happy Birthday Rudy!  I know we have quite a few followers on the blog, feel free to share a Valentino story: maybe a favorite film and why, or how you got into Valentino, or maybe your favorite Valentino collectible and why.  Leave your stories in the comments as a birthday homage if you will.  If not, at least watch a Valentino movie, or treat yourself to a new item for your collection, just don't outbid me on ebay! Enjoy the day!


  1. I thought I was the only one who cared today. No Rudy films on TCM or anything. Bummer. Well, my favorite aspect of rudy was really his worlk with a pen. I have read his writings and find them utterly beautiful. His journals from Europe and such and his take on life. His films will always go without saying, as i myself like Blood and Sand, as it was when he really seemed to come into himself as an actor, as you can see in the film. I also greatly enjoyed visiting hollywood a ways back and seeing all of his great landmarks. You can feel it everywhere. Happy Birthday Rodolfo!

  2. Chris,

    I totally agree, I have no idea how TCM missed out on his birthday, especially with his birthday falling on a Sunday, with the Sunday night silents. Oh well, they have played his movies on his birthday in the past.

    I think his writings is a reflection of who he was as a person outside of the Hollywood persona, you definitely get to know him further through his writings.

    I totally agree with the assessment of Blood and Sand. Charlie Chaplin, who is one of my favorites, next to Valentino, complemented Valentino on his acting in that film. I think that was a great complement since Chaplin was known for being such a perfectionist and very critical.

    Finally, I could not agree more about the feel of Hollywood. I feel like my head is in the clouds every time I go there. It is so rich in movie history. I am sure the people who live there are immune to it; but it is such a magical place.

  3. I completely agree. I have tunnel vision everytime I go and only permit myself to see the old hollywood. I could wander the halls of the roosevelt or hollywood forever or even the area outside the knickerbocker and just enjoy being in that other realm.

  4. Hi Chris,

    You are a stalwart it!

  5. Celebrated his birthday on twitter. Still love this blog.

  6. I am very excited about going to Valentino' s memorial service next week. He accomplished so much in his short time. Recently enjoyed his spAgetti too-dam good. Bob.