Showing posts with label Rudolph Valentino. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rudolph Valentino. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ninety years ago today, Chaplin and the rest of Hollywood (& the world) were stunned by the death of Rudolph Valentino

Chaplin arriving at the service for Valentino in Hollywood

Valentino died in New York City from peritonitis on August 23rd, 1926, only a few weeks after the premiere of his film The Son Of The Shiek.

Upon hearing the news, Chaplin sent the following telegram to Valentino's manager, George Ullman:

via Valentino Forever

Following an initial service in New York, Valentino's body was transported to Los Angeles by train and another service was held for him in Hollywood on September 7th. Chaplin suspended production of his film, The Circus, so he could attend the memorial.

Memorial service for Valentino. Chaplin is third from left.

The death of Rudolph Valentino is one of the greatest tragedies that has occurred in the history of the motion-picture industry. As an actor he achieved fame & distinction; as a friend he commanded love and admiration.
We of the film industry, through his death, lose a very dear friend, a man of great charm and kindliness.
--Chaplin's statement about the death of Valentino, Los Angeles Times, August 24th, 1926

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hollywood dinner party, c. 1925

A dinner party held by Joseph Schenck to welcome Rudolph Valentino into United Artists.
Clockwise from left: William S. Hart, Norma Talmadge, Hiram Abrams, Douglas Fairbanks, Peg Talmadge, Allan Forrest, James Hood MacFarland, Buster Keaton, Mary Pickford, Chaplin, Charlotte Pickford, Joseph Schenck, Natacha Rambova, Sydney Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Constance Talmadge, John Considine, Lottie Pickford, and Arthur Kelly.

 A close-up of Charlie, Buster, and Mary.