During the ensuing conversation on the ridiculous nature of stars "nowadays," I began to recall the ridiculous and tragic behavior of stars "back in the day" as well. Here are 10 celebrities and their scandals you may or may not be familiar with. Mabel Normand - was one of the most popular comediennes of the silent era. After embarking on a relationship with legendary director Mack Sennett, Normand worked side-by-side with other notable and scandalous stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle. In , after her relationship with Sennett dissolved, Normand descended into alcoholism and narcotics abuse. Eventually pulling her life back together, Normand became the last person to see director William Desmond Taylor alive see below , after Taylor was shot and killed only moments after Normand left his Hollywood home.
Rudolph Valentino (1895-192), Italian Actor, C1920s
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Valentino was a sex symbol of the s, known in Hollywood as the Latin Lover a title invented for him by Hollywood moguls , the Great Lover, or simply Valentino. As a child, Rodolfo was indulged because of his exceptional looks and his playful personality. His mother coddled him, while his father disapproved of him. After living in Paris in , he soon returned to Italy. Unable to secure employment, he departed for the United States in Arriving in New York City, he supported himself with odd jobs such as busing tables in restaurants and gardening. While he was living on the streets, Valentino would occasionally come back to Murray's for lunch and the staff would slip him some food.
Funeral of Rudolph Valentino, 1926 - a picture from the past
Rudolph Valentino May 6 , — August 23 , was an silent film actor , sex symbol , and early pop icon. He was known as 'the Latin Lover '. Valentino was one of the most popular stars of the s and is one of the best remembered stars from the silent movie era. Towards the end of his career he tried to take on more serious roles, wanting to be known more for his acting, rather than as just the 'The Latin Lover '. After his death his legend lived on via devoted fans and pilgrimages to his burial site.
Set in the years before and during World War I, this epic tale tells the story of a rich Argentine family, one of its two descending branches being half of French heritage, the other being half German. Following the death of the family patriarch, the man's two daughters and their families resettle to France and Germany, respectively. In time the Great War breaks out, putting members of the family on opposing sides.