In December 1913, an Italian immigrant arrived in New York City with a degree in Agriculture and dreams for a better life. Few who knew him then could have imagined that only six years later, Rodolfo Guglielmi would become Rudolph Valentino, Hollywood's first male sex symbol. A successful career as a dancer led to bit roles in the movies. But Hollywood wasn't ready for a dark lover, so Valentino was typecast as the villain in most of his early films. His powerful portrayal of an unscrupulous Italian count in EYES OF YOUTH earned him the coveted lead role of Julio in THE FOUR HOURSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE. His sultry tango and tormented love scenes led to THE SHEIK. Almost overnight, he changed the face of leading men in America with his smoldering gaze and passionate embrace. But Valentino was much more than a sex symbol. He had a talent for comedy, spoke at least four languages, and was an avid collector of European antiques, books, fine cars and dogs. He was a skilled horseman, expert...
Who was The Great Lover...and how did The Great Lover become a legend?
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J.D. Williams is misidentified as "J.D. Walter" in the narration. See more