Stock Image

Madame Valentino the Many Lives of Natacha Rambova

Morris, Michael

52 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 1558591362 / ISBN 13: 9781558591363
Published by Abbeville Press, New York, 1991
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
From Gumshoe Books (Columbia, SC, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since May 3, 2010 Seller Rating 2-star rating

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 75.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.75 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

beauriful book. life of madame valentino the widow of rudolph. Size: 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 016942

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Madame Valentino the Many Lives of Natacha ...

Publisher: Abbeville Press, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

About this title

Synopsis:

Looks at the life of Valentino's second wife, who rose from humble beginnings in Utah to the Imperial Russian Ballet, then to the Hollywood spotlights

From Kirkus Reviews:

Well-done life of Rudolph Valentino's wife, a woman of boundless gifts, by art historian Morris (St. Mary's College). With a keenly written text and 150 duotones (not seen), and considering Natacha Rambova's background in Egyptology, ballet, and as an exotic costume and set designer (she designed Alla Nazimova's film of Salome, basing her costumes and sets on Aubrey Beardsley's original drawings for Oscar Wilde), Morris's biography bids fair to satisfy in all departments. Born Winifred Shaughnessy in Salt Lake City, Rambova signed up with the Theodore Kosloff Imperial Russian Ballet in Manhattan, was given her stage name by her lover Kosloff, who first seduced her at 17. When she confronted Kosloff with his infidelities, he bloodied her leg with birdshot. Rambova's mother's sister-in-law was sapphic Elsie de Wolfe, the world's first interior decorator, who took on Rambova's mother as her partner; both became millionaires, decorating homes for the rich and mighty. Rambova herself, who read only world mythology both as a child and an adult, inherited the de Wolfe/Shaughnessy artistic temperament, designed her own ballet costumes, became a costume designer for Cecil B. De Mille, later designed Rudolph Valentino's image, costumes, and sets, and then became a writer/director. Valentino had made only one film when she met him and began shaping his publicity. When his studio fought her efforts, Valentino signed a contract excluding her from work on his pictures. She fled and divorced him. Chasing her, Valentino came down with a necrotic hole in his stomach, died of longing in Manhattan, had a riotous funeral. Rambova went on to become a playwright, an actress, and a spiritualist, with her huge labors in Egyptology winning the admiration of Carl Jung. She died at 56, of scleroderma, a disease that dried up her inner organs. A questing, creative woman far ahead of her time--and truly exotic. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

South Carolina's largest internet antiquarian bookshop with specialties in Southern Literature and South Caroliniana history. Our inventory contains a general stock in most fields of interest, including first editions, modern & hyper modern, mysteries, the law, medicine, Americana, sheet music and art. Other services include: appraisals, search service, catalogues, brochures collection building and mail order. Visit our store in the Red Lion Antique Mall in Columbia, SC Hours: Monday - Friday: 10:30am to 5:30 pm Saturday: 10:30am to 4:30pm Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it¿s described on the Abebooks web sites. If you¿re dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn¿t arrived, you¿re eligible for a refund within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you¿ve changed your mind about a book that you¿ve ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we¿ll respond within 2 business days.


Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash Invoice Bank Draft Bank/Wire Transfer