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Rudolph Valentino

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Birth Name: Rudolph Valentino
Born: 05/06/1895
Birth Place: Italy
Death Place: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 08/23/1926

He was born Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Piero Filiberto Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antoguolla (or Rodolfo Guglielmi) in Castellaneta, Italy, on May 6, 1895. His father, Giovanni Guglielmi, a veterinarian, moved the family to Taranto nine years later, but died of malaria when Rudolfo was only 11, leaving his French-born mother, Marie, to dote on and spoil the young man. He acted out in school, finding himself expelled and so, when only 15, he applied to the Italian Naval Academy in Venice, but was rejected as too frail for the rigors of service. He earned a degree in agricultural science at a college in Nervi, near Genoa, but a visit to Paris gave him a taste of a more cosmopolitan life. Immersin... Continue Bio >>

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