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Valentino: The First Superstar Hardcover – 30 Apr 2002
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Valentino was the hero-worshipped, legendary Latin lover of the silent screen, the smouldering-eyed fabled Sheik to whom the world's women swooned. The author talked to friends of the star wh ohave until now remained silent; and followed up leads, coming up with the truth about about his childhood, his sex-life, and his mysterious death. The book includes the story of his rags-to-riches life and reveals the answers to questions to: why two wives walked out of his life - one on thier wedding night; why he was arrested for bigamy; if he really was The Great Lover off screen, or if he was just a jumped up gigolo; what the taunt was that haunted him to the grave and why people claimed he had been murdered - shot or poisoned.
About the Author
Noel Botham was born in York in 1940 and educated at Dulwich College. He has been a crime reporter and war correspondent, covering conflicts in the Middle East, Czechoslovakia and Algeria. He worked for the Evening Star and the Daily Herald before becoming Chief Reporter of the Daily Sketch. He is now a freelance series writer, working principally for the News of the World. He is married with four children, and lives in Surrey.
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left me feeling sad at the tragic death of someone who had so much talent and so much more to give,his illness could have been so easily treated nowadays with a simple course of antibiotics that were not available in the 1920s. he chose his wives and women purely on looks and not personality with unfortunate results, he seemed always to be forced into proving himself to others the press wrote hurtfull and unecessary articles about him which distressed him greatly. But...for such a short life he lived it to the full and achieved so much, becoming a trailblazer for the acting and motion picture world. If he'd lived he would have become the greatest actor we have known.
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`Valentino: The First Superstar' is a lightweight journey through the life of Rudolph Valentino, of whom too few decent books have been written. The author frames the bare details in theatrical vignettes, complete with all dialogue, giving a sense of drama but not necessarily of veracity. Such an approach is a suspect one; by putting words in the mouths of his `characters', the author sculpts history to his own liking. The overall impression is that of an afternoon television movie.
The lack of an index and the limited bibliography confirms the book as one of amateur, not professional interest. However, if you know nothing of Valentino beyond his name and reputation, this might be a good place to begin.