Natacha Rambova
Costume and set designer, artistic director, screenwriter, producer, actress, fashion designer
Natacha Rambova
Natacha Rambova was an American silent film costume and set designer, artistic director, screenwriter, producer and occasional actress. Later in life she worked as a mildly successful fashion designer and Egyptologist. She is best known as the second wife of film star Rudolph Valentino.
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10 choses à savoir sur Rudolph Valentino - L'Express
Google News - over 5 years
Il sera d'ailleurs accusé de bigamie par l'Etat de Californie quand il voudra épouser sa seconde épouse, l'ex ballerine Natacha Rambova, n'ayant pas respecté le délai d'une année après un divorce avant de se remarier. Il finira néanmoins par épouser
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Exhiben filmes de Rodolfo Valentino, a 88 años de su natalicio - El Diario de Yucatán
Google News - over 5 years
Rodolfo Valentino se casó con Natacha Rambova aún estando en matrimonio con su primera esposa, por lo que casi es apresado por bigamia; Rambova llevaba la voz cantante en el set de sus películas. Valentino comenzó a llamar la atención entre los
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Dans ce jardin d'Eucharis - MediaPart
Google News - over 5 years
Ainsi de ces personnages figurés par l'objectif de la photographie (ou du cinéma... muet) qui n'attendent que d'être vus, et qui s'insinuent dans les pages d'un même numéro, telle l'actrice (et styliste plurielle) Natacha Rambova, compagne de Rudoph
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Lola's scribbles bid farewell to her most beloved Valentino - Independent Online
Google News - over 5 years
On his deathbed he cried out for one person; not his wife, Natacha Rambova, but an unknown “Jenny”. While his wife protested that Jenny was the name of Valentino's spiritual guide, many were sceptical. It is this mystery which is the inspiration for
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Federico Beltrán Massés en el Museo Diocesano de Barcelona - InfoENPUNTO
Google News - over 5 years
Wellington Koo, Rodolfo Valentino, Natacha Rambova, Pola Negri, Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Gloria Swanson, Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst, los Peugeot, Rothschild, Morgan, Forbes, Lucie Florio, Lucrecia Bori, Tórtola Valencia,
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Crime History: Screen idol Valentino - Washington Examiner
Google News - almost 6 years
After an interlocutory divorce, he crossed the border into Mexico to marry his second wife, costume designer Natacha Rambova. A judge had him arrested because California law required a year before a person could remarry. The charges were dropped a few
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LAVENDER LOVE - WeHo News
Google News - almost 6 years
In Lavender Love Nanin explores the rather demented passions of silent screen icon, Alla Nazimova, the pending nuptials of silent film icon Rudolph Valentino and costume/set designer and sometime actress Natacha Rambova (misspelled often as "Natasha"),
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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
... “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 idolatrado actor, Natacha Rambova, quien inmediatamente quedó prendada de Valentino
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Road trip: If this old Indiana courthouse could talk - Los Angeles Times
Google News - almost 6 years
The license, from March 1923, hangs by the register and has Rudy's name and that of his bride, Natacha Rambova. It dates back to the time when Crown Point allowed quick marriages the way that Las Vegas does today. The framed license is a few steps from
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HABITATS/Greenwich Village; Where Aubergine Meets Lipstick Red
NYTimes - about 10 years
FOR most of his adult life, Charles Busch, the playwright, actor and drag artist, has lived in one room near Abingdon Square in the West Village. ''I've been on this block for 26 years,'' said Mr. Busch, who became legendary in New York in the 1980s for Off Broadway plays like ''Vampire Lesbians of Sodom'' and ''Psycho Beach Party,'' which he wrote
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AUDIO SLIDE SHOW; Channeling Natacha Rambova
NYTimes - about 10 years
Charles Busch has many alter egos, and they all seem to have been invited to help decorate his newly renovated duplex apartment.
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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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Notable Books of the Year 1991
NYTimes - about 25 years
This list has been selected from books reviewed since the Christmas Books issue of December 1990. It suggests only high points in the main fields of reader interest, and it does not include the titles chosen by the editors of The Book Review as the Best Books of 1991. Books are arranged alphabetically under subject headings. Autobiography and
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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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THE BOLLINGEN ADVENTURE
NYTimes - over 34 years
AFTER four decades of producing a highly acclaimed series of studies in esthetics, cultural and art history, archeology, philosophy, poetry, criticism, psychology, mythology and religion, a unique publishing venture is coming to an end. The Bollingen Series, founded in 1940 by Paul and Mary Mellon, was turned over to Princeton University Press by
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Natacha Rambova
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1966
    Age 69
    A cousin brought her to Pasadena, California where she died of a heart attack on June 5, 1966 at the age of 69.
    More Details Hide Details Her ashes were scattered in Arizona. Rambova favored designers such as Paul Poiret, Léon Bakst and the long dead Aubrey Beardsley. She specialized in "exotic" and "foreign" effects in both costume and stage design. For costumes she favored bright colors, baubles, bangles, shimmering draped fabrics, sparkles, and feathers. She also used the effect of sparkle on half nude bodies slathered in paint. When Rambova began work in film costume design she took to researching historical accuracy for her designs. During her marriage to Valentino, Rambova was seen as a fashion icon. During a trip to Paris her shopping trips caused a sensation with the press reporting on her outfits. Rambova was portrayed by Yvette Mimieux in Melville Shavelson's television movie The Legend of Valentino (1975), by Michelle Phillips in Ken Russell's feature film Valentino (1977), by Ksenia Jarova in the American silent film Silent Life (2016), and by Alexandra Daddario in American Horror Story: Hotel.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 30
    From 1927 Rambova ran an elite couture shop on Fifth Avenue, until she met her second husband Alvaro de Urzaiz, a British-educated Spanish aristocrat on a trip to Europe in 1934, and they went to live on the island of Mallorca.
    More Details Hide Details In the Spanish Civil War, Urzaiz was on the pro-fascist nationalist side, becoming a naval commander. Rambova fled to Nice, where she suffered a heart attack at age 40. Soon after, she and Urzaiz divorced. Rambova remained in France until the Nazi invasion, when she returned to New York. Her interest in the metaphysical grew during the 1940s, and she supported the Bollingen Foundation, through which she believed she could see a past life in Egypt. She published articles on healing and astrology, and helped decipher ancient scarabs and tomb inscriptions, which led her to edit a series titled Egyptian Texts and Religious Representations. She also conducted classes in her apartment about myths, symbolism and comparative religion. In the mid-1960s she was struck with scleroderma, and became malnourished and delusional as a result.
  • 1925
    Age 28
    In 1925, they went through an acrimonious divorce.
    More Details Hide Details There was an ironic footnote to the marriage. Rambova produced and starred in her own picture, Do Clothes Make the Woman? with Clive Brook, when the distributor took the opportunity to bill her as 'Mrs Valentino' and changed the title to When Love Grows Cold. She was mortally offended and never worked in film again.
  • 1923
    Age 26
    They legally remarried on March 14, 1923.
    More Details Hide Details Both Rambova and Valentino were Spiritualists, and they visited psychics and took part in séances and automatic writing. Valentino wrote a book of poetry Daydreams with many poems about Rambova. She too wrote a book about the time she spent with him, claiming to be in contact with him in the afterlife via psychics. When it came to home life, Valentino and Rambova turned out to hold very different views. Valentino cherished old world ideals of a woman being a housewife and mother, while Rambova was a feminist who wanted to continue to work and had no plans of being a housewife. Valentino was known as an excellent cook, while actress Patsy Ruth Miller suspected Rambova didn't know "how to make burnt fudge," although the truth was she did occasionally bake and was an excellent seamstress. Valentino deeply wanted children, Rambova did not.
  • 1922
    Age 25
    They then had to pretend to separate until Valentino’s divorce was final, and they married on May 13, 1922 in Mexicali, Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details But the law required a year to pass before remarriage, and Valentino was jailed for bigamy, having to be bailed out by friends. However, their honeymoon at her adopted father’s romantic mountain hideaway at Johnsburg, NY, was an experience they would both treasure.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1897
    Age 0
    Born on January 19, 1897.
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