Welcome to the Rudolph Valentino Homepage

 

Welcome to a site dedicated to the magic of one of the most magnetic and charismatic stars of the silent era. Rudolph Valentino.  Why is this site headed with the Falcon Lair masthead?  Rudolph Valentino's home, his retreat from the world, his private world was at No. 2 Bella Drive.  Valentino named it Falcon Lair.  Falcon Lair, as Valentino knew it, is no more.  It is here you will find his virtual retreat and home, Falcon Lair - the Rudolph Valentino Homepage.

One of the goals of this site, besides being informative and entertaining is to present an accurate portrait of Rudolph Valentino the man, as opposed to Rudolph Valentino the myth. Rudolph Valentino was so much more than a pretty face.  Actor, film rebel and film icon he was also a man of taste and refinement and yet was earthy, too.  He also enjoyed putting on overalls and ripping his cars apart.

It is clear based on the email and inquiries this website receives, his name still evokes a magic that is not reserved for any of today's current stars. There is a good chance that were he alive today, he would be proud and happy that so much of his work survived and is appreciated by today's modern audience.  Better still, he'd be so pleased that he is remembered not only as a film icon, but as a truly unique individual, a man and not just that image on the screen. 

Also, the 2014 edition of the Rudolph Valentino Calendar is available now at lulu.com. The theme for 2014 is Valentino in Candid Photos off the screen, including a few gems acquired since my book was published. A full preview of the images can been seen on the order page.

The site is not even close to being complete and will be updated continually, so keep popping back as the newly designed site grows and evolves. In fact, look for a complete overhaul of rudolph-valentino.com in 2014.

I am very proud that my book, Rudolph Valentino The Silent Idol is now available for purchase, order information here

 
Valentino Said
"Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams. "
--Rudolph Valentino - 1923