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Falcon's Lair. The mansion of Rudolph Valentino. Nameless treasures lie inside, along with the memory of many an old movie stars who visited. This mansion was built in Beverley Hills, back when it was still a wilderness.

Rudolph Valentino...my mother told me when I was a child, that when Rudolph Valentino died, women were so enamored of him that they commited suicide by jumping out of windows when his casket was drawn down the street in his funeral procession. She also said that on the anniversary of his death a woman is seen putting a single read rose on his grave, she is heavily veiled in black.

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Rudolph Valentino - silent movies star by Movie-Fan, via Flickr

Rudolph Valentino in The Son of the Sheik (1926) My favorite old movie. My favorite actor...Possibly my soul mate who I never got to meet ='(

My Bohemian History ~ My Bohemian Boyfriend hollywoodsgoldenage: Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino. One of my favorite memories of my Gram: We were watching one of his movies on TV, and Gram & I (age 12) were both clucking over how sexy he was. That was so neat!

Rudolph Valentino was Hollywood's first male sex symbol. He had what is called flesh appeal which meant that he jumped out at you from the silver screen. Women enjoyed watching his films and imagining that they were in the place of the actress onscreen that he was making love to. They could dream that those sensuous sensitive poetic hands were caressing their bodies inflaming them with unspoken desires. The fact that Rudy was a foreigner provided the added titillation of forbidden fruit