Sunday, July 23, 2017

The 90th Valentino Memorial Service



"We Never Forget"
The 90th Valentino Memorial Service


The Valentino Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.  This year marks the 90th anniversary of this time-honored event.  The Valentino Memorial Service is the oldest continuing annual event in Hollywood history!

To commemorate this historic anniversary I am excited to announce that the Valentino Memorial Service will be broadcast LIVE over the internet via Facebook Live.  This affords anyone, anywhere in the world to watch the Valentino Memorial Service live, in real time as it occurs.  At the conclusion, the service will be viewable in a stored post on the "We Never Forget" Facebook group.

In addition to being broadcast live, we will be using a completely new sound system that we anticipate to vastly improve the sound problem that is inherited due to the marble hall where the service is held.  We also will have our videos projected on a 10 foot by 12 foot screen.

Our guest speakers will include:

Terry Moore -   noted screen star will address the Valentino Memorial for the first time, to speak briefly on Hollywood's Golden Era and how Valentino paved the way for screen romance.

Terry Moore with James Dean 1954



Joan Craig  -  Author of the book Theda Bara My Mentor will speak on her recollections of attending the Valentino Memorial as a young girl.  The person who brought her to the Valentino Memorial was none other than Theda Bara!




Sylvia Valentino Huber -  We are honored that Sylvia Valentino Huber, who's grandfather was Rudolph Valentino's brother, will address the audience with thoughts from the family on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Memorial for her great uncle.



In addition to the listed speakers we will have short video presentations, including a tribute video to past participants in the Valentino Memorial Service through the years.  There will be poetry read from Daydreams and songs of reflection.

Please join us on August 23, 2017  The service starts promptly at 12:10pm  Located at Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd It is free, open to the public.  The Facebook Live streaming will start approximately at 12 noon.







Friday, July 22, 2016

Valentino Memorial Service - 30 Day Countdown

It is 30 days until the 89th annual Valentino Memorial Service.  This historic, long-running event is the oldest annual event in Hollywood history.  This year will spotlight on the 90th anniversary of Rudolph Valentino's death.  Despite nine decades now past, the remembrance for this remarkable man never declines.  Over time, books, movies, fan magazines, Memorial Guilds, DVD's and TCM all related to Rudolph Valentino have all had a hand in keeping his memory not only alive, but burning brightly.

Now is your chance to be a part of the legacy. Please, join us at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 23, 2016 at 12:10pm admission and parking are free.

Our motto is, was, and continues to be: "We Never Forget"

Valentino Memorial Service - 30 Day Countdown

It is 30 days until the 89th annual Valentino Memorial Service.  This historic, long-running event is the oldest annual event in Hollywood history.  This year will spotlight on the 90th anniversary of Rudolph Valentino's death.  Despite nine decades now past, the remembrance for this remarkable man never declines.  Over time, books, movies, fan magazines, Memorial Guilds, DVD's and TCM all related to Rudolph Valentino have all had a hand in keeping his memory not only alive, but burning brightly.

Now is your chance to be a part of the legacy. Please, join us at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 23, 2016 at 12:10pm admission and parking are free.

Our motto is, was, and continues to be: "We Never Forget"

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Earliest Known Valentino Film Footage - "Patria" 1917 Serial

'Patria' a 1917 15 chapter serial featured Irene Castle and silent leading man Milton Sills.
Shot in and around New York Rudolph Valentino, was a 22 year old dancer at the time and worked as an extra.  Look at the below clip, in the exact middle and you'll see the earliest known footage of Rudolph Valentino




While the majority of the 15 chapters do not exist, the surviving footage along with some extra materials have been wonderfully packaged by the Serial Squadron and can be reached by this link  http://www.serialsquadron.com/dvds/silent/patria/

Friday, June 24, 2016

Valentino Cigarettes - "Cigarettes Arab Style"

Here is a rare advertisement for a pack of Valentino cigarettes from Spain. The back of the package states that they are "Cigarettes Arab style" here is a partial translation of the ad:

VALENTINO
The Best Cigarettes
In The World

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summertime Rudy

As summer has arrived and we're feeling its presence, I thought it would be a refreshing idea to see Rudolph Valentino enjoying himself at the Santa Monica Pier and beach circa 1920  Even today crowds gather at this beach front to escape the summer heat.  Nothings changed in 96 years

Monday, June 13, 2016

Valentino Pomade

The image on the back of the pamphlet shows a jar of Valentino pomade.  I have yet to see a surviving jar of this surface. Just like the Mineralva bottles that have surfaced from time to time, I continue to hope one of these will do likewise.