Rudolph Valentino 1923 Autograph Letter Following His Bigamy Trial
RUDOLPH VALENTINO (1895 -1926), Italian-born silent film actor sex symbol of the 1920s. He was known as the "Latin Lover" or simply as "Valentino".
January 16, 1923-Dated Autograph Letter Signed, “Rudolph Valentino,” 2 pages, measuring 5.5" x 9.25", on "R V" personal embossed stationery with deckle edge, Los Angeles, slight toning, faint stain on verso of second leaf, Very Fine. Here, Valentino writes in a colorful green ink, in full:
"My dear Miss Gilbert, I have just received your very kind letter, and I feel very happy to have given you a little pleasure for Xmas. Undoubtedly you must know by now of the splendid victory scored by your father against our common foe. I shall ever be thankful that Frank Mayo gave me the opportunity of meeting such a perfect gentlemen and brilliant jurist as your father is. The other evening I gave a little dinner at the Club and was very sorry that you where [sic] not in town to rejoice and celebrate our victory. Hoping to have the pleasure of meeting you again. I remain sincerely -- (signed) Rudolph Valentino."
Valentino and his estranged wife Jean Acker were divorced in 1923. However, unaware that California state law required that he wait one full year after his divorce before remarrying, he married Natacha Rambova and found himself jailed and charged with bigamy. His trial was a sensation, forcing the pair to have their marriage annulled, and they separated for a year.