Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella, professionally known as Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926), was an Italian-born American actor who starred in several well-known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, and The Son of the Sheik.An early pop icon, a sex symbol of the 1920s, he was known as the "Latin lover" or simply as "Valentino." Valentino was born Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella in Castellaneta, Apulia, Kingdom of Italy.
Among the other dancers at Maxim's were several displaced members of European nobility, for whom a premium demand existed.
Valentino eventually befriended Chilean heiress Blanca de Saulles, who was unhappily married to prominent businessman John de Saulles, with whom she had a son.
Whether Blanca and Valentino actually had a romantic relationship is unknown, but when the de Saulles couple divorced, Valentino took the stand to support Blanca de Saulles's claims of infidelity on her husband's part.
Following the divorce, John de Saulles reportedly used his political connections to have Valentino arrested, along with a Mrs.
Thyme, a known madam, on some unspecified vice charges.
The evidence was flimsy at best, and after a few days in jail, Valentino's bail was lowered from ,000 to ,500.
The trial and subsequent scandal was well publicized, following which Valentino could not find employment.
Shortly after the trial, Blanca de Saulles fatally shot her ex-husband during a custody dispute over their son.
Fearful of being called in as a witness in another sensational trial, Valentino left town, joining a traveling musical that led him to the West Coast.
In 1917, Valentino joined an operetta company that traveled to Utah, where it disbanded.
He then joined an Al Jolson production of Robinson Crusoe, Jr. By fall, he was in San Francisco with a bit part in a theatrical production of Nobody Home.