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Hollywood's Rudolph Valentino Statue

Hollywood’s Rudolph Valentino Statue

Rudolph Valentino was born on May 6, 1985 and wasn't Italian actor naturalized American started in many well-known silent films including the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, this sheet, blood and Sand, the Eagle, and the son of the chic. He was an early pop icon, a sex symbol of the 1920s, who was known as the lead lover or simply as Valentino. He had applied for American citizenship shortly before his untimely death at age 31, which cause mass hysteria among the female fans and further propelled him to iconic status.

Valentino's crypt photo

Rudolph Valentino's Death

His death left the movie world in a state of shock. Valentino's funeral in New York was the most heavily attended in the history of the motion picture business and his crypt at the Hollywood Cemetery is still visited daily by tourist and everlasting fans. Shortly after the death of the famous matinee idol, the campaign, in Hollywood, was instituted to raise funds for the erection of a monument in his honor. With sufficient funds from subscribers all over the world, sculptor Roger Noble Burnham was commissioned to design and sculpt the statute after months of work, the magnificent statue was dedicated on the anniversary of Valentino's birth, in Delongpre Park. entitled “Aspiration”, the 4 foot bronze figure of a new mail with had stretched to the heaven, stands on a beautiful green marble world. Inscribed on the large rectangular base was a fitting tribute to Valentino's popularity. It reads,

Valentino funeral photo

Tribute To Rudolph Valentino

Erected in memory of

Rudolph Valentino

1985- 1926

Presented by his friends and

Admirers from every walk of

Life in all parts of the world. In

Appreciation of the happiness brought

To them by his cinema portrayals

For many years, on Memorial Day, a mystery woman placed a wreath at the foot of the monument.  the statue was stolen off its pedestal in the 1950s, but later recovered. Hearing continued that’s, the city start the statute in a warehouse until 1976, when it was remounted on its original pedestal.

Valentino Statue

For years, a woman in black carrying a red rose is common to mourn and Valentino’s crypt, using on the anniversary of his death. Several myths surround the woman, though it seems the first woman in black was actually a publicity stunt cooked up by press agent Russell Birdwell in 1928. A woman named Ditra Flame claimed to be the original woman in black.  Several copycats have fallen over the years. The current woman in black is motion picture historian Karie Bible.

Please visit the website to view photographs of the Valentino statute.

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