Rudolph Valentino, original name Rodolfo d’Antonguolla (1895-1926). US film actor, born in Italy. Arguably the most famous leading man Hollywood has ever produced, Valentino played exotic romantic heroes and had a devoted female following. Amongst his best-known films are The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), The Sheik (1921), and Blood and Sand (1922). Valentino’s sudden death at the age of 31 caused a number of his fans to commit suicide; his funeral was a national event. Her choreographic works include Thee Rake’s Progress and Don Quixote. Her autobiography, Come Dance With Me, was published in 1957. She was created DBE in 1950.
“His acting is largely confined to protruding his large, almost occult eyes until the vast areas of white are visible, drawing back the lips of his wide, sensuous mouth to bare his gleaming teeth, and flaring his nostrils. Adolph Zukor on Rudolph Valentino’ Valois, Dame Ninette de, stage name of Edris Stannus 0898- ). British ballerina, choreographer, and ballet director. In 1931 she founded the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School and was appointed artistic director of the Vic-Wells Ballet, which later became the Royal Ballet (1956).”