Valentino Statue


Shortly after Rudolph Valentino's death in 1926, a campaign was instituted in Hollywood to raise funds for the erection of a monument in his honor. With sufficient funds raised from subscribers all over the world, sculptor Roger Noble Burnham was commissioned to design and sculpt a statue. After months of work the magnificent statue was dedicated on the anniversary of Valentino's birth, May 6, 1930, in DeLongpre Park.  The park is named for the famous Hollywood resident, Paul DeLongpre. Entitled "Aspiration", the four-foot bronze figure of a nude male, with head stretched to the heaven, stands on a beautiful green marble world. Inscribed on the large rectangular base was the following tribute to Valentino's popularity. ERECTED IN MEMORY OF RUDOLPH VALENTINO 1895-1926 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 from its pedestal in the 1950s but later recovered. Fearing continued thefts, the city stored the statue in a warehouse until 1976, when it was remounted on its original pedestal. Rudolph is buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Santa Monica Blvd.

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Le Dome Restaurant on Sunset Blvd.
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Rudolph Valentino memorial statue in DeLongpre Park
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Rudolph Valentino memorial statue in DeLongre Park
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Rudolph Valentino memorial statue in DeLongpre Statue.
Valentino StatueLe Dome Restaurant on Sunset Blvd.
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Valentino StatueRudolph Valentino memorial statue in DeLongpre Park
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Valentino StatueRudolph Valentino memorial statue in DeLongre Park
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Valentino StatueRudolph Valentino memorial statue in DeLongpre Statue.
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Rudolph Valentino memorial statue in DeLongpre Park
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Rudolph Valentino memorial statue in DeLongpre Park.
 
Valentino StatueRudolph Valentino memorial statue in DeLongpre Park
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Valentino StatueRudolph Valentino memorial statue in DeLongpre Park.
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