Valentino (1895-1926)

VALENTINO’S TWO FUNERALS

After his death on 8/23/1926 of aggravated peritonitis, over 100 thousand people followed Castellaneta, Italy-born Rudolf Valentino’s body through the streets of New York. Riots and suicidal fans were reported. The Frank Campbell Funeral Home hired actors to impersonate Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Blackshirts honor guard, supposedly sent specially to the occasion. Valentino was taken by train for a second funeral in Beverly Hills, California, and is buried at the now Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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