Thursday, January 26, 2012

El Aguila Negra

....or the Adagio Dancer. I'm currently in Manhattan, about ten blocks from the hotel in which he died--suddenly--at 31.

A choice little wiki-bitty: 'In 1919, just before the rise of his career, Valentino impulsively married actress Jean Acker who was involved with actress Grace Darmond and Alla Nazimova. Acker got involved with Valentino in part to remove herself from the lesbian love triangle, quickly regretted the marriage, and locked Valentino out of their room on their wedding night. The couple separated soon after, the marriage never consummated.'