Rudolph Valentino – Photos and Quotes

Rudolph Valentino

“Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams.”Rudolph Valentino




Rudolph Valentino on the cover of "Photoplay Magazine." (Bizarre Los Angeles)


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Rudolph Valentino

“He’s too foreign looking. The girls would never like him.”D.W. Griffith‘s early assessment of Valentino.

Source: Emily W. Leider’s book, Dark Lover.


Camille Nazimova Valentino

“He had been a movie star, but without any real success. I could see why. His eyebrows were heavy and black and he was too fat. He had a visible stomach.

“So I said I believed he would do if he would let us pluck his eyebrows and put him on a diet. He gladly consented and he went on from there to become the sheik.”Alla Nazimova

Source: Frederick C. Othman (1940)
Photo: Camille (1921)


Iconic photo of Rudolph Valentino kneeling at Alla Nazimova's feet in the 1921 version of "Camille." Bizarre Los Angeles

Camille (1921)


Rudolph Valentino "The Conquering Power" (1921). Bizarre Los Angeles

The Conquering Power (1921)


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Moran of the Lady Letty

Moran of the Lady Letty (1922)


Blood and Sand 1922

Blood and Sand (1922). With Lila Lee.


I Hate Valentino

“A Song of Hate” by Dick Dorgan
(originally published in Photoplay Magazine, 1922)

I hate Valentino! All men hate Valentino
I hate his oriental optics; I hate his classic 
nose; I hate his Roman face; I hate his smile; 
I hate his glistening teeth; I hate his patent 
leather hair; I hate his Svengali glare; I hate 
him because he dances too well; I hate him 
because he’s a slicker; I hate him because 
he’s the great lover of the screen; I hate him 
because he’s an embezzler of hearts; I hate 
him because he’s too apt in the art of 
osculation; I hate him because he’s leading 
man for Gloria Swanson; I hate him because 
he’s too good-looking. 

Ever since he came galloping in with the 
“Four Horsemen” he has been the cause of 
more home-cooked battle royals than they 
can print in the papers. The women are all 
dizzy over him. The men have formed a 
secret order (of which I am running for 
president and chief executioner as you may 
notice) to loathe, hate and despise him for 
obvious reasons. 

What! Me jealous? — Oh, no — I just 
Hate Him. 

Photo: Blood & Sand (1922).


Rudolph Valentino Natacha Rambova

“If Rodolph [as written] had simply been an attractive man with a certain charm for women, it would have been easy to replace him. But it hasn’t been so easy to find another Valentino, has it?”Natacha Rambova

Source: Source: Anna Prophater (1923)

Photo: James Abbe


Rudolph ValentinoDAY DREAMS
(To The Friend)

Yesterday – in contemplation
We dreamed of love to be,
And in the dreaming,
Wove a tapestry of Love.

Today – We dream our dream awake;
Coloring our Romance
With all the glory
Of a flaming Rose.

Tomorrow – What awakening lies before us;
Our tapestry
In shred’s perchance.
Or mellowed – glorified
By love’s reflection?

I wonder — 

Rudolph Valentino, a poem from his 1923 book “Day Dreams.”

Natacha Rambova claimed that the poems had been “psychically received” during a series of spirit automatic-writing sessions. Both were into the occult practice, believing that his “spirit guide” was an American Indian entity known as “Black Feather.” Another spirit they claimed to frequently channel was an Egyptian named Meselope, who provided advice and prayers.




by Rudolph Valentino

Your Eyes

Your Eyes
Mystic pools
Of beauteous light.
Golden brown
In color
Yet, amber clear.
By a frown,
My senses
Your Eyes.

Your Lips

Your Lips,
Twin silken petals
Of a dewy rose.
Of the heart
Where love
Kindling desire
Worships unafraid.
The rose in masquerade.
Your Lips.

Your Kiss

Your Kiss,
A flame
Of Passion’s fire
The sensitive Seal
Of Love
In the desire,
The fragrance
Of your Caress;
At times
I find
Exquisite bitterness
Your Kiss.



“A man should control his life. Mine is controlling me.”Rudolph Valentino

Photo: 1924


Art Prints


“He knew what I was when I married him. I have been working since I was seventeen. Homes and babies are all very nice, but you can’t have them and a career as well. I intended, and intend, to have a career and Valentino knew it. If he wants a housewife, he’ll have to look again.”Natacha Rambova discussing her marital problems.


Rudolph Valentino portrait

Year: 1925. Artist: Unknown. Mixed media on silk. 20.25” x 15.5”

The painting was owned by Alan Hale, Sr., and later by Alan Hale, Jr. (“Skipper” on Gilligan’s Island). Hale, Sr. claimed that Valentino himself had personally given him the painting as a gift.


Rudolph Valentino posing as his spirit guide, "Black Feather." 1925. Photographer: Russell Ball. Bizarre Los Angeles

Rudolph Valentino posing as his spirit guide, "Black Feather." 1925. Photographer: Russell Ball. Bizarre Los Angeles

Rudolph Valentino posing as his spirit guide, “Black Feather.” 1925. Photographer: Russell Ball.


Photography Prints


nitratediva: “ Rudolph Valentino in Cobra (1925). ”


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