Category: 1925

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Rudolph Valentino in Cobra (1925)

Seated model, seen from the waist down, wearing a lame dress, satin Perugia shoes decorated with tassel-shaped rhinestone ornaments, diamond bracelets and ring, and holding a cigarette holder, Photo by Edward Steichen for Vogue Magazine, August 12, 1925

Norma Shearer publicity photos for “Lady of the Night” (1925)   

Rudolph Valentino and Nita Naldi in “Cobra” (1925)

Rudolph Valentino with Congressman Fiorello LaGuardia (left) and Frank Mennillo (right) at a marathon in New York, 1925. 

When 

Rudolph Valentino

arrived in New York from Italy in 1913 he was taken under the wing by Frank Mennillo. Frank acted as his “Padrino” (Godfather), accepting responsibility for his welfare. Frank was a successful Italian businessman and old family friend who made his fortune importing Italian goods,namely olives which earned him the title the “Olive King.”

Fiorello LaGuardia became the 99th Mayor of New York City for three terms from 1934 to 1945. Olympic runner Ville Ritola is in the last photo.

Rudolph Valentino with his pets at his home Falcon Lair in 1925

Rudolph Valentino in “Cobra” (1925)

Brother-and-sister dance act Adele and Fred Astaire photographed by

Edward Steichen for Vanity Fair, dancing at the Trocadero nightclub, July 1925.

Douglas Fairbanks, Jackie Coogan and Rudolph Valentino in 1925. 

Jackie Coogan

(October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) was one of the first child stars in film history. He starred in Charlie Chaplin’s film The Kid (1921). He later sued his mother and stepfather over his squandered film earnings and provoked California to enact the first known legal protection for the earnings of child performers, widely known as the Coogan Act. Coogan was a glider pilot in the Army Air Forces during World War 2. In the

1960s he was introduced to a new generation portraying Uncle Fester in the TV series The Addams Family.

Rudolph Valentino and his wife, Natacha Rambova, are depicted at the very end of their marriage as Rambova leaves Valentino, seen here boarding the famous Los Angeles Limited train as it departs from Union Station in Los Angeles. While the couple try to look happy for the cameras, this was perhaps one of the saddest moments in Valentino’s life, as they went through an acrimonious divorce in 1925. Valentino died the following year at the age of 31 on August 23, 1926.