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Natacha Rambova was a dancer, artist, fashion designer, artistic director, author and Egyptologist. Before meeting Rudolph Valentino in 1920, she was a highly successful artistic director for Alla Nazimova, then a major star. After her marriage to Valentino she focused on fashion and set design, eventually opening her own boutique in 1927. After a second marriage she focused on Egyptology for the remainder of her life. Hala Pickford is a silent film historian and author, who runs the site Forget the Talkies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: PVG (November 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098164404X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981644042
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very interesting book. Part of this book was written by Valentino's wife, Natacha Rambova, in 1927. This is combined with sections written by Hala Pickford, of The Rudolph Valentino Society. The sections by Rambova, were excellent. She described events so vividly that you felt you were there with her. It really transports you back to that time. The sections by Hala Pickford added greatly to Rambova's text to provide background and biographical information on the people who were participants in Valentino's life. However, these sections would have been improved with a good proof reader since there were grammatical errors throughout; although not too many to distract the reader. There were 11 chapters by Rambova that purportedly provided information Valentino communicated from beyond the grave. These were very interesting and Pickford's explanation of the couple's interest in spiritualism and automatic writing and these movements at that time in history assisted in understanding this section. However, I would have liked to have known why only 11 chapters? Were there no other communications from Valentino, did Rambova stop communicating or simply chose not to discuss this anymore? I would have liked these questions answered. I particularly liked the chapters on Nita Naldi and June Mathis because it is so difficult to find information on these ladies. Overall, it is a great look at the life of Valentino and I would recommend it - you really learn about Valentino the man, not the myth.
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Glad to find this reprint. Rare copies of the original, when found, are usually in poor condition and priced through the
stratosphere. Interesting read for anyone wanting to know more about Rudy and his time.
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There has always been something about Rudolph Valentino that has fascinated me. I have read other books but find this first hand account of his life with Natasha a really different look back. Good for those who want to know more about him.
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The book Natacha Rambova (Winnifred Hudnutt) wrote about her divorced second husband Rudolph Valentino following his death. Some interesting tidbits about their life but she was too classy to go into great detail. Seemed to me to be written as a catharsis about the man she later (in another book) claimed was the love of her life. I think she wanted the world to remember Rudy Valentino as a great guy so wrote a book saying so. Those seeking details of their love life will be disappointed. She was a classy woman.
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I was very disappointed in the way the book was written. It is divided into three parts. Very little of it give any real information about Valentino. It is mostly about their trip to Europe and details about "automatic writing" which is the occult. I am going to return the book because it is useless information. - Georgana Davis
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