Sunday, May 02, 2010


Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926) was a film star and sex symbol.

He was best known for his performances in The Sheik and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

He was the most popular of the silent-screen stars.

His universal appeal was due to his androgynous appearance.

Before going to Hollywood, Valentino worked as a dishwasher and waiter, and he was in trouble with the police several times on suspicion of theft and blackmail.

Valentino was apparently bisexual.

The homophobic Chicago Tribune did not like him and, under the headline "Pink Powder Puff", a writer asked "When will we be rid of all these effeminate youths, pomaded, powdered, bejeweled and bedizened, in the image of Rudy - that painted pansy?" (Rudolph Valentino - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

The book Hollywood Babylon suggested that Valentino was a bit gay.

The book suggested that Valentino had a relationship with Ramón Novarro and that Valentino had given Novarro an art deco dildo as a gift, which was found stuffed in Novarro's throat at the time of his murder.

There were also claims that Valentino had relationships with both roommates Paul Ivano and Douglas Gerrad, as well as Norman Kerry, openly gay French actor Jacques Herbertot and André Daven.