Jean Acker
Actress
Jean Acker
Jean Acker was an American film actress with a career dating from the silent film era through the 1950s. She was perhaps best known as the estranged wife of silent film star Rudolph Valentino.
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10 choses à savoir sur Rudolph Valentino - L'Express
Google News - over 5 years
L'une avec l'actrice Jean Acker : la légende veut que leur union n'ait tenu que 6 heures avant qu'ils ne demandent le divorce. Il sera d'ailleurs accusé de bigamie par l'Etat de Californie quand il voudra épouser sa seconde épouse, l'ex ballerine
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Hoy 6 de mayo recordamos los cumpleaños de tres grandes figuras de la ... - Noticia al Dia
Google News - almost 6 years
En esos momentos Valentino estaba casado con la actriz Jean Acker, pero tras protagonizar “Camille” (1921), la co-protagonista Alla Nazimova le presentó a la directora artística y de vestuario que ejerció un gran influjo en la vida y trabajo del
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LETTER; The Purpose of Insurance
NYTimes - over 8 years
To the Editor: ''McCain Health Plan and That High-Risk Pool'' (front page, July 9) reports that Chaim Benamor, a self-employed renovator in Pikesville, Md., ''never found it necessary to buy health insurance'' until he had a mild heart attack, and now ''has little hope of doing so.'' The whole point of insurance is to buy it when you don't need it
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Infectious Diseases
NYTimes - over 16 years
To the Editor: You ask whether a campaign to eradicate syphilis can succeed when it requires reaching ''people who tend to be alienated enough from government and even medical officials that some resist even efforts to test and cure them'' (news article, July 4). This question also applies to other infectious diseases. These include H.I.V. and
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THEATER; Among Silent Stars, A Design for Living
NYTimes - almost 22 years
REVEALING that Rudolph Valentino was homosexual may hardly induce a shrug but Kevin Connors means to cause a stir with "Lover: The Valentino Musical," if only to awaken Fairfield County to the reemergence of Music Theater of Connecticut after a two-year break. Mr. Connors is the composer and the director of the new musical, which is to play at the
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Review/Opera; Clashing Keys for 'Valentino'
NYTimes - about 23 years
At the beginning of Dominick Argento's latest opera, which was given its world premiere by the Washington Opera on Saturday night, Rudolph Valentino lies on a coffin, draped with roses. The silent-film star's dreamy, languid gaze appears on screens mounted in a set resembling the lobby of a 1920's movie theater. A voice, ostensibly from an early
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Critic's Notebook; Sex Icon Once, Oddity Now
NYTimes - over 25 years
HE wore a turban and tons of eyeshadow in "The Sheik," played a Spanish bullfighter in "Blood and Sand" and was a tango-dancing fool dressed as an Argentine gaucho in "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse." But when Rudolph Valentino put on a powdered wig to play an 18th-century French nobleman in "Monsieur Beaucaire," his fans rejected the film as
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Caren Acker Wed To D. C. McGill
NYTimes - over 30 years
Caren Marie Emily Acker, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen R. Acker of New Cumberland, Pa., was married yesterday to Douglas Cornish McGill, a son of Dr. and Mrs. Douglas G.B. McGill of Rochester, Minn., at the Peace Church, a historic landmark building in Hampden Township, Pa. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Andrew Waters Jr., a Church of
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Timeline
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 84
    Acker died of natural causes in 1978 at the age of 84, and is buried next to Carter in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
    More Details Hide Details Though not born in the Central Pennsylvania town of Lewistown, Jean Acker is considered a local celebrity. Her face dominates an outdoor mural titled "Mifflin County Movie History" and is located on Monument Square in Downtown Lewistown. The mural was painted in 2012 by Dwight Kirkland of Blackleaf Studio, Mifflintown, PA.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1930
    Age 36
    In 1930, after she lost her fortune in the 1929 stock market crash, she sued William Delahanty, claiming that he agreed to pay her $18,400 a year if she gave up her film career.
    More Details Hide Details The married politician denied that he made such a promise but admitted that he spent thousands of dollars on Acker. Acker met Chloe Carter, a former Ziegfeld Follies girl, who was the first wife of film composer Harry Ruby. Acker would remain with Carter for the rest of her life. The couple owned an apartment building together in Beverly Hills.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1923
    Age 29
    After divorcing Valentino in 1923, Acker was engaged to Marquis Luis de Bezan y Sandoval of Spain.
    More Details Hide Details Then, she was in the news over her relationship with Rahmin Bey.
  • 1919
    Age 25
    After meeting and befriending the then-struggling actor Rudolph Valentino at a party, they entered a two-month courtship and married on November 6, 1919.
    More Details Hide Details Acker quickly had regrets and locked him out of their hotel bedroom on their wedding night. The marriage was reportedly never consummated. After filing for divorce, Valentino did not wait the requisite period for it to be finalized before marrying his second wife, Natacha Rambova, in Mexico, and he was charged with bigamy when the couple returned to the United States. Acker then sued Valentino for the legal right to call herself "Mrs. Rudolph Valentino." Valentino remained angry with her for several years, but they mended their friendship before his death in 1926. Acker wrote a popular song about him soon after he died called "We Will Meet at the End of the Trail". Acker had an affair with the actress Alla Nazimova. Nazimova included Acker in what was dubbed the "Sewing circles", a group of actresses who were forced to conceal the fact that they were lesbian or bisexual, and romantically and sexually attracted to women, thus living secret lives. Another of her female lovers was Grace Darmond, with whom she was involved during her relationship with Valentino.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1900
    Age 6
    When he married Eleanor is not yet known, but it was after 1900 and before the family moved to Lewistown. They were divorced in 1912.
    More Details Hide Details Six years later, Joseph married Virginia Erb in Lewistown. He managed the Casino Bowling Alley and The Ritz restaurant, and later owned the Boston Shoe Store on Valley Street. He also managed several bowling alleys in the Philadelphia area, and it may have been that during these visits Jean was “bitten by the acting bug.” She performed in vaudeville until she moved to California in 1919. After arriving in Hollywood, Acker became the protegee and lover of Alla Nazimova, a film actress whose clout and contacts enabled Acker to negotiate a $200 per week contract with a movie studio. Acker appeared in numerous films during the 1910s and 1920s, but by the early 1930s she began appearing in small, mostly uncredited film roles. She made her last on-screen appearance in the 1955 film How to Be Very, Very Popular, opposite Betty Grable.
    In the 1900 census, Hattie is with Joseph and her grandparents, but no wife of Joseph is listed.
    More Details Hide Details In fact, he is reported to be single. Growing up on a farm, she became an expert horsewoman. She attended the St. Mary’s Seminary in Springfield, New Jersey, for a time. Sometime prior to 1907, the family moved to Lewistown, Pennsylvania. In the 1907 Lewistown Directory, Joseph is listed with a wife by the name of Eleanor.
  • 1893
    Born
    Acker was born Harriet “Hattie” Ackers on October 23, 1893 in Trenton, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details Her father was Joseph Ackers, said to be of Cherokee descent. Her mother Margaret (unconfirmed) was Irish.
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