We're looking for contributors

Rudolph Valentino's Falcon Lair for Sale

Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson in Beyond the Rocks

TheStreet.com reports that Rudolph Valentino's mansion, Falcon Lair, located in the hills above Benedict Canyon overlooking Beverly Hills, is up for sale – for those who can shell out US$7.95 million. Valentino, the star of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and The Sheik, bought the house for $175,000 (approx. $2 million adjusting for inflation) in 1925. Billionairess Doris Duke owned the house for nearly five decades, though the property was eventually bought from the Duke estate.

Nicholas Yulico's article explains that "The current owner says he has spent millions transforming the house since purchasing it in 1998. Renovations are still under way. From the outside, the house will look roughly the same as when Valentino had it built in the 1920s, highlighted by its Mediterranean stucco and red tile roof. But the interior is undergoing significant updating."

Falcon Lair was to be Valentino's "retreat from public life, his castle and the palace to share with his lady love, Natacha Rambova," explains Donna Hill on her Valentino website. "Sadly, as fate would have it, this retreat in Bel Air would not be the home for Rudy and Natacha he envisioned. She divorced him shortly after he bought the property."

Rudolph Valentino (above, with Gloria Swanson in Beyond the Rocks), one of the biggest silent film stars, died in 1926 at the age of 31.

Addendum: Falcon Lair was bulldozed in 2006. One more piece of Los Angeles history that has literally gone to dust. According to Donna, "only the outer gates/fence structure and garage area remain extant and recognizable from Valentino's time."

 

If you liked the article Rudolph Valentino's Falcon Lair for Sale, PLEASE RECOMMEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS.
See share buttons right above and on the gray PullDown Bar near the top of the screen.
Follow Alt Film Guide on Google+, Facebook and/or join the FB group All About Movies.
Rudolph Valentino's Falcon Lair for Sale © 2004-2015 Alt Film Guide and/or author(s).
Text NOT to be reproduced without prior written consent.

Continue Reading: BIG EDEN Thomas Bezucha

Previous Post: YOSSI & JAGGER Eytan Fox


Click on 'Load Comments' to leave a comment and/or read previous comments about Rudolph Valentino's Falcon Lair for Sale.

Important: Different views and opinions are perfectly fine, but courtesy and respect are imperative. Abusive, bigoted, baseless (spreading misinformation), and/or trollish/inflammatory comments will be blocked and offenders may be banned.