Rudolph Valentino - In Memoriam - August 23, 2017
|Although his eyes glimpsed bitterness and sadness,|
They saw a dream that few folk ever see - "
In Memoriam -Photoplay Magazine 1926
If you are not local, for the first time ever, the services will be live-streamed via Facebook Live, so no matter your time zone, you can be a part of the memorial. The FB Live feed will be broadcast on the Group We Never Forget Rudolph Valentino, at approximately 12:10 (PST) join the group and watch!
The Hollywood funeral mass at the Church of the Good Shepherd and subsequent burial was, in fact, Valentino's second funeral mass. Valentino was first memorialized in New York City at St. Malachy's.
|Valentino's casket at St.Malachy's|
After his untimely passing on August 23, 1926, his body was transferred from the Polyclinic Hospital to Campbell's Funeral Parlors for preparation for burial.
|News photograph of The Polyclinic Hospital |
(now converted to apartments)
|Valentino's casket engulfed by floral tributes in the famous Gold Room at Campbell's Funeral Parlor|
It was decided early on that the fans would be allowed on final glimpse of a man few of them would have seen walking and breathing in ordinary life. Valentino's final battle was a terrible ordeal and the funeral arts could do little to hide the ravages his body endured in those final days and hours of his agony. Nevertheless, the curious crowds came.
The shock of his early passing combined with the huge crowds that had waited outside the hospital for news of Valentino and later filled the Broadway in front of Campbell's ensured that this was to be no ordinary funeral rite. It was more like a riot.
It did not help that this happened in mid-August, the weather was warm and humid. The crowds on the street were impatient and grew unruly waiting to see Valentino on display. It ended up being a fiasco, mobs behaving badly and a police force unused to dealing with this kind of crowd.