Thursday, January 7, 2016

Valentino History - The Ambassador Hotel

The Ambassador Hotel was a top of the line showcase hotel when it opened in 1921.  Many parties and events were hosted there.  Located at 3400 Wilshire Blvd it was an imposing structure, with individual bungalows available for rent to the rear east and west of the hotel.

It was here in 1924 that Rudy and Natacha hosted a lavish star studded dinner in the ballroom to introduce Hollywood to gifted painter Federica Beltran Masses.  In 1925 Valentino would be Best Man at the wedding of Mae Murray which was held in the hotel.

At the time of Rudy's passing Pola Negri occupied one of the lavish bungalow suites and it was here she learned of the death of Rudolph Valentino.

After escorting Rudy on the sad funeral train from New York to Los Angeles, Alberto Valentino also took up residence in a bungalow at the Ambassador Hotel, while the Valentino estate was being settled.

Here are some photos I took of the hotel just prior to it's being torn down in 2005.  Also below is a letter written from Alberto to George Ullman on Ambassador Hotel stationary just two days after the West Coast funeral of Rudolph Valentino.  (I have blocked out the content of the letter for personal reasons)  Note on the letterhead the image of the Ambassador Hotel New York - this is the hotel where Rudy was staying in August 1926 when he fell ill and was rushed to the Polyclinic Hospital.

The main Hotel

The Bungalows where Pola Negri and Alberto Valentino resided late 1926

Letter written by Alberto to George Ullman two days after his brothers funeral


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